Although Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park are must-visits when staying at The Runnymede on Thames, there are many more hidden gems near us to explore. Now that local businesses are open again, we’ve handpicked some lesser known local attractions to visit during your stay.
Why not spend a day fruit-picking at The Fruit Fields, just a short drive from The Runnymede in Iver, Buckinghamshire. Now more than ever is a great time to source locally grown produce and it will taste even sweeter knowing you’ve hand-picked it yourself. Currently in season are strawberries, raspberries, apples, sweetcorn and plums, an alternative activity perfect for adults and children alike.
Next on the list is probably the most Instagrammable spot in Windsor. The Crooked House of Windsor is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1592, although it’s believed to have gained its slant following reconstruction in the 18th century after some legal dramas. In the past, the building has been an antique shop, a brewery, a butcher’s shop and at one point, the oldest tea house in England. There’s even rumours that it has a secret passage that leads to Windsor Castle.
Currently you’ll find upmarket jewelers Jersey Pearl inside, and outside, the perfect spot to pose for a photo.
Depending on the time of month you visit, have a browse at one of Windsor’s food markets. Every third Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find local street food at The Windsor Independent Market and on the first Saturday of the month a wide range of fresh produce awaits you at Windsor’s Farmers’ Market.
Both are ideally located within walking distance of the town centre meaning you can pick up some delicious food to take home, or enjoy some locally made snacks before exploring the rest of the town.
Fudge Making at The Fudge Kitchen
The Fudge Kitchen may look like just another shop front in Windsor town centre however as well as serving up the most mouth-watering fudge, you can take part in a Fudge Making Experience. You’ll learn the science, history and techniques behind fudge making and most importantly, sample your way through the wide range of flavours, choosing your favourite to make and take home.
The founders of Windsor and Eton Brewery wanted to make beer Windsor’s top attraction… quite ambitious considering the Royal connections, however ten years later, they have brought brewing back to the heart of Windsor. Join one of their brewery tours which start back up in September, for an insight into one of Britain’s oldest and most thriving traditions. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or not, the tours are fun, informative and tasty!
Perfect for families, this self-guided walking tour mean you’ll see Windsor in a whole new light, cracking clues and riddles along the way. Keep your eyes peeled, as every signpost, building and statue could conceal a clue. The trail is a simple 2 mile route designed so that kids as young as 6 years old can take part. It works by downloading an easy to follow trail PDF to your mobile phone.
Enjoy an exhilarating trip through scenic woodlands at our sister hotel, The Grove, on one of their Segways. With no licence required, simply climb aboard one of these self-balancing, eco-friendly, battery powered two-wheelers and get ready to explore. You’ll be riding through the beautiful nature trails specially created by the Wildlife Trust to help visitors enjoy the spectacular beauty of The Grove’s ancient country estate.