Windsor

I realised the other day that I never shared any pictures from my time in Windsor at the end of September. In a way, it seems like I can't really have a blog with a title like 'Windsor Musings' without sharing a bit of the town I love so much. So I thought I'd share a bit of what I've seen over the years that I've been there, and offer a few suggestions for things to do if you ever find yourself in one of my favourite towns in the world.





The obvious place to start would be the castle. There are nearly a thousand years of history within those walls, and as it stands today, it's a stunning work of architecture, a mix of styles spanning from the 1200s to the 1990s. The state rooms are spectacular (my favourites are the semi-state rooms, which they even decorate for Christmas), and the chapel is the burial site of many former kings and queens. I'd go at an off-peak time, if possible, to avoid the crowds of tourists that can sometimes be overwhelming. When I lived nearby a few years ago, I would go on weekday afternoons and nearly have the castle to myself.




Windsor is a pretty touristy town, and as a result, there are a lot of chains in the city center. Along the Thames, however, or just across the river in Eton, there are several charming restaurants that serve all sorts of food, but especially traditional English, Indian, and Italian. The Crooked House of Windsor, which is just down the street from the castle, is a fun place to stop for tea. If you're feeling adventurous, though, my favourite restaurant involves a three-mile walk up the Long Walk, or a cab ride up Bishopsgate Road to the Fox and Hounds, a gastropub just outside the gates to the Windsor Great Park. They have great food and fantastic service, not to mention a lovely garden where you can sit outside when it's nice outside.








And that brings me to my favourite part of Windsor, Windsor Great Park. The Long Walk, which leads straight down to the castle, is a pretty common tourist destination, but beyond that, the park is actually ten square miles wide, spread over two counties, and includes a lake built by George IV, a botanical gardens (which also has a great tea shop), a deer park, Roman ruins (gifted to the monarchy, not stolen), a Canadian totem pole, woods and open fields, monuments, and endless paths to wander around. It also has easily some of the loveliest autumn foliage I have ever seen. If you have a day to spend wandering around the park, I couldn't recommend it more. 
Have you ever been to Windsor? What was your favourite part?
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