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Ultimate People Watching Places in Windsor

The historic town of Windsor is just upriver from The Runnymede on Thames and it’s a fascinating place to watch the world go by. Here are our top picks for people-watching spots in Windsor.

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River Thames towpath

The River Thames towpath is thrumming with life in Windsor, making it a perfect spot for people-watching those both on land and those out on the water. The stretch of the river opposite Alexandra Park is particularly pretty, with numerous benches where it’s possible to stop and soak up your surroundings.

Windsor Great Park

Windsor’s Royal Park of more than 2,000 hectares in size attracts locals and international visitors alike, making it an ideal place to go people-watching. The Long Walk is a hive of activity in particular, leading perfectly up to Windsor Castle. At the top of the Long Walk is Snow Hill, offering stunning views over Windsor Great Park. People-watch from one of the park’s many benches, or embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride and watch the world go by.

Peascod Street

One of the most bustling shopping streets in Windsor, Peascod Street is also pedestrianised, making it an ideal spot for enjoying the sights and sounds of people going about their daily business. There’s a true feeling of history in this street too, as it’s one of the oldest streets in Windsor. Windsor Independent Market takes place on the street on some Saturdays too, giving you even more to look at.

Royal Windsor Racecourse

There’s nothing quite like a day out at the races and Royal Windsor Racecourse is a top contender on Britain’s racing scene. With various themed race days hosted throughout the year, this is an amazing spot to go people-watching while enjoying a flutter in the process. Witness the highs and lows in peoples’ fortunes as the racing results come in and keep an eye on the eclectic range of fashions too…


Round Tower

Windsor Castle’s iconic Round Tower sits in the oldest part of the castle. It only re-opened to the public in recent years and it’s possible to join special tours to climb the 200 steps to the top. Once you’re there, the reward is a bird’s eye view of all the people milling about in the castle grounds below. Prime people-watching territory!

Windsor Royal Shopping Centre

Windsor’s shopping centre is found in an unusual location inside the former Victorian railway station. The Grade II listed building has covered pavement seating inside the stunning arched entryway, and is most definitely one of the best spots from which to watch the world go by with a coffee in hand.

Pub watch

Nothing quite compares to people-watching in a traditional British pub. Two Brewers Windsor is one of the oldest pubs in Windsor, dating back to 1792, and is a cosy place to start. The Boatman is a great option for those who love people-watching from the riverbank.


Stay with us at The Runnymede on Thames and enjoy the sights and sounds of Windsor on your doorstep.


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