This week Go Native looks at the Royal town of Windsor
Windsor was Long thought of as an upper class retreat with the annual Cartier Polo tournament, the famous Eton college and Windsor castle all being testament to this image. However, in recent years the town has thrown off this image and become better appreciated for the all round interest that it can provide.
Windsor itself has over 1000 years of history and attracts millions of visitors every year, due to its abundance of historical sites, huge open spaces and short distance from central London. It allows Londoners to de-urbanise whilst still being reachable in 26 minutes from London Paddington.
One of the main visitor attractions to the area, Windsor castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, with it still being an official residence for her majesty the Queen. There is even still the changing of the guards there every day, just as at Buckingham Palace. The Castle also includes St. Georges Chapel, which is one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical buildings in England, as well as being the resting place for 10 monarchs. This is truly one of the true architectural feats not to be missed when staying in the London area.
The other major attraction to be found at Windsor is Legoland Windsor. Here nearly 55 million lego bricks have been used to construct scale models of some of the most famous buildings, monuments and people in the world. As well as this the park boasts a location within 350 acres of Parkland which can be explored as well as having over 50 interactive rides to keep both young and old entertained.
The Great park is impressive for its size alone (some 5000 acres of parkland within half an hour of London) but it also has several other interesting sites to add to its repertoire including the Royal Landscape and the Savill Gardens, both breathtaking examples of ornamental gardening at its most impressive. These parks are the ideal place to come either for a brisk walk on an autumn morning or for a relaxed day of tranquillity in the summer, and due to the proximity to London they needn’t be a whole day expedition.