Posted by Carter | Under Castles
Thursday Jun 2, 2016
How to Get to Windsor Castle from London by Car
Driving from London to Windsor Castle is one of the most glorious car journeys you can take in the UK. Leave the big city and drive out west into the beautiful British countryside, following the relentless River Thames on your journey.
Before you reach the biggest stately home of them all, Windsor Castle, you will get the chance to stop off and explore some other impressive historic homes and countryside villages in the region.
Here’s how to get from Windsor Castle from London by car, with some extra English castle tours along the way:
With its beautiful parks and gardens, Richmond may technically be a part of London but it actually feels more like a suburban country escape. The area is home to Henry VIII’s impressive palace, Hampton Court, which is steeped in incredible Monarchical history and a fun maze for the kids!
Enjoy the greenery at Kew at the Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a few minutes away by car, and view one of the world’s finest collection of plants. Richmond Theatre is also a great place to spend an evening enjoying the local and international performances held here.
The home of the English rugby union, Twickenham is one of the major sporting capitals of the south west. In fact, its stadium is the largest stadium in the world that is dedicated solely to rugby. If you are lucky enough to visit when a game is on then make sure you book your tickets in advance, if not you can take a guided tour of the stadium, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the players’ tunnel and walking out onto the pitch itself.
Osterley Park and House
Set in the borough of Hounslow, Osterley Park and House is an incredible suburban mansion surrounded by beautiful English countryside. The house is today owned by the National Trust, so visitors can explore the rooms, and its features and furnishings, many of which were donated by Lord Jersey.
Visit the beautiful meadow that runs alongside the River Thames where the Magna Carta is thought to have been signed back in 1215. As a result of its long history, the meadows and land here are now taken up with a number of memorials, including the Magna Carta memorial on the slopes of Cooper’s Hill. You can also visit the incredible “The Jurors” artwork in honor of the Magna Carta and Ankerwycke, a beautiful parkland perfect for exploring, and take the Egham trail.
Twin towns with Windsor, Eton is just a stone’s throw away from the castle town with its own history and interest to offer. Known primarily for its boarding school for boys, it is possible to tour Eton College, which is an elitist institution that has educated upper class children for centuries. Previous students have included George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Hugh Laurie to name a few. Tour the grounds and enjoy the local restaurants and cafes nearby in Etonian style.
When you finally reach Windsor Castle it will have been worth the drive. The enormous castle in the village of Windsor is the oldest inhabited castle in the world, covering an area of 26 acres. Initially the castle was built as a fort, but today the palace is still the home of the English royal family. It’s possible to tour the castle and visit the private apartments filled with magnificent artifacts, and to watch the changing of the guard, which takes place every day at 11 am.
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