10 Free Things to Do in Windsor

An Insider’s Guide

Windsor Castle with the statue of Queen Victoria, Windsor, UK

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Windsor UK is a fabulous place to visit.

Fan of the royal family? You can see official royal residence Windsor Castle as well as Windsor Guildhall, which is where Prince Charles and Camilla were married in 2005. The Guildhall also houses the town’s museum.

Then of course, just outside the centre of Windsor is the world famous Legoland Windsor, which is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Europe and is a fantastic day out with the kids.

You can take a boat trip down the river, visit one of the nearby racecourses at Windsor and Ascot or take a sightseeing bus around Windsor and Eton.

I love going Windsor – I was brought up in there and still live nearby. The only thing is, it can be a really expensive, but the good news is you can have a fantastic day out in Windsor, without spending any money!

Here are the 10 top things to do with the kids in Windsor, from a Windsor insider - and they are all FREE!

Alexandra Gardens

The bandstand in the Alexandra Gardens, Windsor, UK

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The first place you have to visit in Windsor is the Alexandra Gardens. Sitting in the shadow of the castle this delightful garden is a lovely space to walk in or for the kids to just run around in. There is seasonal planting and lots of sculptures too. The newly opened bandstand is worth a look, as it is decorated with plaques about the role of the armed forces and you may be lucky enough to hear a band playing there if you go at the weekend as well.

Alexandra Gardens is also the place for various events during the year, generally at the weekends. These include anything from music festivals and temporary Ferris wheels in the summer to a Christmas ice rink, some of which are free to enter so you never know what might be going on!

Replica Hawker Hurricane

Replica of a Hawker Hurricane arcraft in the Alexandra Gardens, Windsor UK

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Walk to the far end of the park and you will see funfair rides and Extreme Motion - these are not free, but while you are there walk a little further and you will see a replica of a Hawker Hurricane.

Little fans of aircraft or history will love this! It is a full sized model of a Hawker Hurricane aircraft, one of the many iconic aircraft designed by Sir Sydney Camm. Camm was born and brought up in Windsor, and this is a fitting tribute to his engineering genius.

The Jubilee Fountain

The Jubilee Fountain, Windsor UK

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Next to the Alexandra Gardens you will find The Jubilee Fountain.

You might guess from the name that this fountain was built to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It is a lovely fountain, not really intended for paddling in, but on a hot day people have been known to go in there!

The Royal Windsor Maze

The Royal Windsor Maze, Windsor UK

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Right next door to the Jubilee Fountain is The Royal Windsor Maze. Don’t worry; you won’t lose the kids in this one, as the maze pattern is simply laid out in bricks. It has a chess theme and there is a board with lots of suggestions for games that you can play using the maze as a basis.

Thames Riverside

Thames Riveside, Windsor UK

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The River Thames runs through Windsor, right next to the Alexandra Gardens, Royal Windsor Maze and Jubilee Fountain. It is a lovely place to walk along with some nice shade on a hot day, with lots of ducks and swans to see.

You might want to feed the ducks, however old bread is not really very good for ducks health, and many wildlife groups are trying to discourage this. Here is some information from the Canal and River Trust about what to feed ducks. Also, if it is a nice day, so many people go and feed the ducks they can be full up quite early in the day and will not be interested in your food!

The Changing of the Guard – Windsor Castle

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony itself takes place inside the castle, which you have to pay to get into. However on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can watch the Guards march up the High Street and into the Castle, accompanied by one of the many amazing military bands of the British Army.

Be ready and waiting by the side of the road leading to the castle by 10.45 and enjoy a bit of classic British pomp and circumstance.

The ceremony is subject to change due to weather so check here for up to date details on this.

Steam Train in Windsor Central Station

Replica Steam Train, Windsor royal Shopping, Windsor UK

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Train fans will love to see this full sized replica GWR Achilles Class 4-2-2 Locomotive which is on display in Windsor Royal Shopping. This open air shopping arcade is part of Windsor Central Station and is directly opposite Windsor Castle.

As I have two boys, this train and the Hawker Hurricane have been huge successes with them, and will keep them occupied for ages.

Windsor Great Park and The Long Walk

Windsor Great Park and The Long Walk, Windsor UK

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Close to Windsor Castle is Windsor Great Park and The Long Walk. The park is a lovely place to go and sit, but if you fancy something a bit more energetic you can walk the just over 2.5 miles along the Long Walk to see The Copper Horse – a statue of King of George III on horseback representing him as a Roman emperor. The statue sits on Snow Hill, from where you can see a magnificent view of the castle and all the way across London – several taller buildings in London can be seen from there.

The great park is also home to deer, and depending on the time of year you may get to see the deer walking around the park, although mostly they will not come too close.

If you want to do this walk you will probably need to put aside half a day for it, and remember to take some water with you if it is a hot day.

Bachelor’s Acre

Bacheor's Acre, Windsor UK

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Bachelor’s Acre is another small and lovely park in Windsor. When I was a child this was a tarmac covered school playground during the week and a car park at the weekend. It has now been completely changed to a public open space with grass and a water feature – this one is intended for paddling – as well as a children’s play area.

Statue of Queen Elizabeth II with Corgis, Bachelor's Acre, Windsor UK

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Bachelor's Acre also has this lovely statue of a nice old lady who lives in Windsor, with her dogs.

Eton College Natural History Museum

The final free thing is actually just outside Windsor in Eton. There are three free museums in Eton which are owned by Eton College. The catch is that they are only open to the public for 2.5 hours on a Sunday afternoon. The Museum of Eton Life, Museum of Antiquities and the Natural History Museum can all be visited free of charge between 2.30 and 5 on a Sunday.

10 Free Things to Do in Windsor, Berkshire UK

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.








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