What to see and do in Windsor when using our new, complimentary shuttle service
Running four times a day, to and from the hotel to Windsor, our shuttle service has proven to be a hit with guests staying at The Runnymede. Windsor is a town filled with royalty, shopping and a little quirkiness so we share seven things you must not miss when visiting.
Windsor Castle is one of the most prominent and historic landmarks in Windsor. It’s the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been a royal residence for over 900 years, including being an official residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Windsor Castle is renowned for its stunning State Apartments, which are lavishly decorated and house an exceptional collection of art from renowned artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Rubens. Visitors can explore the opulent State Apartments, the grand St. George’s Chapel, the medieval Round Tower, and the beautiful grounds and gardens surrounding the castle.
The Long Walk
The Long Walk is a popular destination for both visitors and locals, providing a tranquil and scenic setting for walks, picnics, and leisure activities. The best way to experience the Long Walk on foot is to begin at the Copper Horse statue on a hill overlooking the park. Pass the Deer Park enclosure – where 500 deer roam free – and continue along the Long Walk all the way to Windsor Castle at the end. It’s even possible to hire a horse and carriage in Windsor Great Park for the ultimate royal experience!
The Windsor Lady Sculpture
It’s a well known fact that the late Queen Elizabeth II had a deep affection for corgis – she owned and even bred Pembroke Welsh Corgis. The Windsor Lady is one of four memorials to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 located in Windsor’s Bachelors Acre. The Windsor Lady was a gift from a Maidenhead sculptor, Lydia Karpinksa, who works in bronze in the figurative tradition. The statue depicts Queen Elizabeth II somewhat informally dressed and surrounded by six Corgis.
In Windsor, the River Thames is home to a significant population of waterfowl, known as the “Windsor swans”. Holding a special status, they are owned by the Crown and managed by the Swan Marker, who is responsible for their welfare and protection. The swans can often be seen gracefully swimming along the river, particularly in the vicinity of Windsor Castle and the Windsor Great Park. Visitors and locals alike enjoy watching and feeding the swans, although it’s important to note that they must be fed a proper diet – grains can be purchased on the river.
The Crooked House
This is one of the most photographed buildings in Windsor, thanks to its distinctive lean. Officially called Market Cross House, the building is found on the corner of High Street and Queen Charlotte Street. It dates back to the 1500s, although it was demolished and rebuilt in the 1700s. The reason for the building’s lean is thought to be due to unseasoned oak that warped following construction, but an alternative theory cites the demolition of nearby buildings as the cause. Nevertheless, it forms an iconic part of Windsor’s street scene. Originally rented by a butcher, the building has also been used by brewers, printers, coal merchants and florists over the years, and has now reopened as a wine bar.
Eton is a small town located just across the river from Windsor. Best known for being the home of one of the most famous boys’ schools in the world, Eton College, the town itself is charming and picturesque. Eton High Street, lined with historic buildings, features a range of shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Visitors can explore the quaint streets, visit antique shops, browse local stores, and enjoy the relaxed ambiance.
Windsor offers a variety of shopping opportunities, ranging from high street brands to independent boutiques and specialty stores. Windsor’s former railway station has also become a go-to shopping destination with a collection of shops, boutiques, and eateries. Here, you can find a mix of fashion, accessories, gifts, homeware, and more. Windsor High Street is lined with a mix of independent shops, galleries, and cafes. Here, you can find unique boutiques, antique shops, and local artisans offering a range of goods. Plus, no shopping trip to Windsor is complete without popping into Daniel department store to stock up on souvenirs.
Visit Windsor with our complimentary shuttle service
Guests staying with us at The Runnymede on Thames can explore Windsor at ease, thanks to our complimentary shuttle service.