Travelling abroad is a little trickier now I’ve got a mini-me in tow. Not impossible, but trickier. Along with book deadlines and sleep deprivation (see previous post!) I’m not able to add a few stamps in our passports at the minute – but I still have itchy feet.
So, it makes sense to use this time to explore more of what’s on our doorstep here in the UK. There are so many wonderful places I’ve never visited just a few hours drive away.
One of the places that I’d heard so much about, but never ticked off my list, was Windsor. A town famed for being home to the Queen, its stunning castle and being firmly on the tourist trail thanks to its accessibility from London, but I didn’t know much else.
So, I decided to spend a weekend seeing what Windsor had to offer, surely it was more than just a castle…
A visit to the Fudge Kitchen // 20 Thames St, Windsor, SL4 1PL
For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll find yourself salivating the moment you step foot into this small shop located just opposite the castle. The smells alone are worth a visit here. I was lucky to help out Master Fudge Maker* Matt who showed me the fudge-making process from start to finish. If you haven’t got time to get stuck in, he also has mini demos taking place throughout the day that you can stand and watch (and nab yourself some free samples of delicious fudge).
*what a job title!
Enjoy a River Thames cruise // Clewer Court Road, Windsor, SL4 5JH
A little more touristy but a lovely way to get to see the town from a different perspective chugging down the River Thames. Everleigh was fascinated with the swans but I think things got too exciting for her as she slept for most of the trip! Grab a hot chocolate and sit on the top deck to feel the wind in your hair.
Take a sneak peek at the Guildhall // High Street, Windsor, Sl4 1LR
The place where both Elton John and Prince Charles said ‘I do’ (not to each other obvs!) was next on our list of things to do. It’s smaller than you imagine but grand in every other way imaginable. The stunning chandeliers, impressive regal portraits and ornate interior features of the state room of the town’s Guildhall made you feel like you were on a film set.
Shout out to lovely Len for giving me a tour around the venue and sharing his knowledge of all things royal. There is also a mini museum full of kids activities on the ground floor and a great way to learn more about the heritage of the place.
Hop over the bridge to Eton // Eton, Windsor, Sl4 6AS
Cross the cute bridge that connects Windsor to Eton where you will find quaint cobbled streets, antique shops and fancy boutiques – I spent a little more time window shopping than flashing the cash. It’s also the birthplace of the delicious Eton Mess dessert! Anywhere that has a link to pudding is a winner in my eyes.
Take a breather at The Savill Garden // The Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Surrey, TW20 0UU
If you want to get out of the centre of Windsor and get some fresh air then head to the Savill Garden. It’s the perfect spot to be at one with nature by stretching your legs on many of the woodland walks taking in the beautiful botanical areas and having a breather from the hustle and bustle of life.
Relax along the Riverbank at The Boatman// 10 Thames Side, Windsor, SL4 1QN
If you’re after something hot and sweet then grab an outdoor seat, wrap up warm with a hot chocolate along the riverbank watching the many boats chug past. For something a little stronger The Boatman is the only pub on the river, which also has a great heated outdoor area and pretty tasty dishes.
Sunday Lunch at The Fox and Hounds // Bishopsgate Rd, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0XU
Both four legged and two legged friends are welcome at the snug and cosy Fox & Hounds pub in nearby Egham. We were lucky to nab a seat for Sunday lunch as the place was packed and as soon as the food arrived it was easy to see why! I’ve never walked out of a pub to see a line of horses tied up munching their version of a roast dinner (well, hay, probably…) as their riders stopped off for a drink.
Stay over at the Sir Christopher Wren // Thames St, Windsor, SL4 1PX
We stayed at the Sir Christopher Wren hotel right in the centre of Windsor, a romantic riverside hotel with 98 rooms and apartments. Get down early to nab a window seat so you can enjoy the hotel breakfast whilst watching swans gliding past. This time Everleigh was awake enough to enjoy it!
Thanks to Visit Windsor for their support with this trip. All views are my own.