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Weekend Breaks to Windsor

Planning a short break to Windsor? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Windsor. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Windsor. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Windsor Castle

Castle Hill, You haven't visited Windsor without going to the largest castle in the world and second home to the Royal Family. Windsor is also the oldest castle that has always been lived in.

The rooms are nothing short of spectacular and display works of art from the old masters among the antique furniture, highlights are Queen Mary's Dolls House, Semi-State Chambers, state apartments and the changing of the guard.

For more information visit - www.royalresidences.com>

Eton College

Walk for about 15 minutes down Thames Street and cross Windsor Bridge, It then becomes Eton High Street. Possibly the best known educational institute in the world, founded in 1440 by Henry VI, and where Royalty and the cream of English society send their sons. There is a regular guided tour and a museum to discover the enormous history of the college. This is another must see here.

See www.etoncollege.com

Windsor Great Park

Just 8km from the town well marked along the A30. A 35 acre garden that has been flourishing since 1932. The summer brings out stunning displays of shrubs and flowers and spring is a good time to be here as rhododendrons, camellias, and daffodils appear to beguile the visitor. There are many nature trails through the garden and it's open year round. a restaurant and gift shop are on site.

Interested? www.thamesweb.co.uk/windsor/greatpark

Runnymede

This very important historic site lies 5km south of Windsor, by the Thames. This is the reputed place that King John signed the Great Charter (Magna Carta) in the 13th century. It is also a memorial to the late American President, John F. Kennedy on ground given to the U.S by Britain. The site can be freely accessed all year round.

See: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/runnymede

Legoland

A shuttle runs from Windsor and its well signposted on the B3022. 150 acres of fun, laughter and enjoyment to be had in this theme park. This is a must if you have children on tow and even without them you will enjoy the Lego Miniland, portraying European cities recreated from 25 million blocks of the famous plastic pieces. Divided into 5 areas of activities, you would have to allow a tiring day to this trip.

The website: www.lego.com/legoland

Windsor Farm Shop

Dachet Road in the towncentre. The Queen sometimes sits up all night making home made produce for this shop, so make sure you visit.Not really, but this brainchild of Prince Phillip enjoys royal approval and stocks some of her favourites. Some foods bear the royal seal. Game meat, jams and marmalade, pies, ice cream, milk and some of the Queen's well loved tipples are stocked. A Royal tea is offered in the coffee shop, Located in a former potting shed.

For information go to www.windsorfarmshop.co.uk

Crooked House Tea Rooms

51 High Street, The house listed to the right after it was restructured in 1718, but it couldn't be too serious as the house is still standing to this day. From the cellar there is a 'secret' passage that leads to the castle (They won't let you enter to avoid entry charges). Queen Charlotte Street adjacent to the rooms is Britain's shortest street.

Crooked House serve the best Cornish Cream Tea and also do a superb high tea, light lunches and soups are served.

Please see www.frommers.com/destinations/moredining

Royal Adelaide Hotel

46 King's Road, Located on well known Long Walk, 5 minutes walk from the castle. Queen Adelaide came here during her reign and it was dubbed Royal. The hotel is a delightful Georgian townhouse and has 42 individually decorated bedrooms. The garden Restaurant offers gourmet dining in relaxed surroundings and for a snack try the Lounge bar. They cater for weddings, so come here for a 1st or 2nd honeymoon.

For details go to www.meridianleisure.com

Theatre Royal

Thames Street, This is the cultural centre of the town and enjoys a long and fine tradition of staging top class performances, from some of the finest players the country has to offer. You can catch everything from Shakespeare to Pantomime to 60s pop groups. The theatre has a chequered history that can be learnt on a visit.

To find out what's on, go to; www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

Windsor Festival

This cultural festival takes place towards the end of September each year. A wide variety of events take place in and around the town including classical music recitals, town walks, choirs, dance, film and pub crawls.

The festival was established in 1969 and regularly attracts some of the world's top performers;

For more information go to www.windsorfestival.com

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