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While Windsor is well known for its rich history and royal connections, it is also home to an abundance of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Escape the crowds and delve into hidden corners of the town, revealing its hidden history and natural beauty. Of course, there are iconic attractions like Windsor Castle and Windsor Racecourse which are must-see destinations for visitors to this royal borough too.

1). Windsor Great Park

Part of the Windsor Estate, these 15,800 acres of beautiful grasslands, lakes, deer parks, gardens and forests are a treasure trove of natural beauty. With walking and dog-walking guides, local opportunities to explore on-horseback and cycle routes (just ask our team at The Castle Hotel to hire our special guest bikes) you are bound to find your ideal way to unlock the ancient royal gem that is Windsor Great Park.

3). Stanlake Park Vineyard Tour

Explore the stunning grounds of one of the oldest Wine Producers in England. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, enjoy a tour of the historic Stanlake Park Wine Estate, learn about the fascinating process of winemaking and taste some of their delicious produce.

3). ‘The shortest street in Britain’

You may have heard of Windsor’s Long Walk but did you know you can also find the ‘shortest street in Britain’ just a stones throw from The Castle Hotel? Measuring just 51 feet and 10 inches, the cobbled Queen Charlotte Street is a short but sweet hidden gem.

4). Take a carriage ride

What better way to explore the Royal Borough then from a private horse-drawn carriage? A drive with Windsor Carriages will treat you with panoramic views of Windsor Castle and Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. Meet and learn about the horses and come away with photos from some of Windsor’s most famous landmarks. Seeking the ultimate royal treatment? They have a number of packages on offer to treat you and your loved ones.

5). Chocolate Making

Calling all chocolate lovers – a trip to Windsor would not be complete without a stop at Dr Choc’s Chocolate Factory. Handmade with love and the finest available ingredients, not only is their chocolate delicious and can be enjoyed in their cosy indoor café, but they also offer some truly tasty experiences. Looking to learn the art of chocolate making? Or to add an extra special dash to your trip with a chocolate tasting experience? You are due a visit to Dr Choc’s.

6). Local Brewery and Tap Room

Since 2010, Windsor & Eton Brewery have brought brewing back to the heart of Windsor with the goal to make beer the town’s top attraction. Whether it is for one of their Duke Street Experience Brewery Tours or live events such as Open Mic or Comedy Nights in the Unit Four Brewery Taproom, they are well worth a visit. You can even try some of the Brewery’s delicious produce at The Castle Hotel bar or Leaf restaurant before you visit.

7). Boat trips

Take to the water to see more of this stunning city. A boat tour is the perfect way to sit back, take in and reflect on the enchanting scenery of Windsor. We will arrange a trip along the Thames for you with a brilliant local company as part of our Discover Royal Windsor Package.

8). Take a walk along the Thames

Take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful Thames path, taking in the gorgeous surroundings of Berkshire. Fancy more of a challenge to get your steps up? Try the 6km circular trail along the Thames Path and through beautiful Eton. This walk is open and lovely all year around and takes approximately 1hour 17minutes to complete. Visit All Trails to find out more.

9). Daniels Department Store – personal shopper and stylist experience

Time for some retail therapy? Take a trip to the largest department store in Windsor; since establishing in 1901 Daniel of Windsor remains a family-run independent store and the flagship of the Daniel Department Store chain. Try a complimentary personal styling session with one of their expert stylists. You’re sure to come away with a purchase to treasure. Visit their website here to book.

10). Explore Eton College

With extensive history and famous alumni Eton College is a fascinating Berkshire landmark. Discover the historic independent boarding school with a Heritage Tour.  From 19 May to 15 September 2023 you can explore the School Yard, College Chapel, Upper School, Lower School, and the Museum of Eton Life. In addition to the tours, their three museums and special exhibitions are open to the public on Sunday afternoons.

Now are you tempted to visit Windsor? The Castle Hotel is in the heart of Windsor and is the ideal spot for exploring this historic royal town. Click here to explore breaks in Windsor.

As the leaves turn and autumn arrives, many of these lovely attractions are still worth a visit and we will be waiting back at the hotel with a freshly brewed pot of tea or a creamy hot chocolate to warm you up. Would you like to save up to 25% off your autumn break? Click here to find out more.

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