Royal Windsor Experience
Windsor is royal in every sense of the word; established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror it has developed from a lookout post to guard the west of London from attack in medieval times, to a castle, a fortress, a prison and a magnificent royal palace that our present monarch regards as home. Windsor epitomises and captures the very essence that past and present monarchy have played in the development of British history and culture.
The focus of this tour is to experience at first hand the strength and power of the magnificent structure of the castle and how it would have influenced the monarchy of the day in how they ruled the nation. We can enter the various state rooms and view some of the pieces of art and artefacts that have been collected over the centuries. There is an admission fee chargeable to enter these state rooms and St George's Chapel, which in my opinion is very worthwhile.
St George’s Chapel dates back to the 13th century and is a powerful yet uplifting building. This is where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married recently to a backdrop of Gothic architecture and splendour. It is where monarchs have prayed, married, been baptised and buried their loved ones for centuries.
During our visit we will stroll through the market town of Windsor and look at some of its historic buildings and memorials. We will also discover the quaint shops, restaurants and pubs in the cobbled alleyways and streets.
We shall walk along the side of the river Thames and cross it via a bridge that will lead us to Eton, made famous by it’s public school and lending its name to the famous desert ‘Eton mess’. Eton has educated 19 British Prime Ministers as well as providing education for princes William and Harry to name but a few glittering alumni.
En route to Windsor our first stop will be Runnymede, an idyllic countryside setting by the river Thames where we can stroll across a meadow to the site where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215 AD. The Magna Carta became the template for freedom, justice and liberty not only in Britain but throughout the world. In 1797 it became the cornerstone of the American Constitution. Whilst there we shall see the Magna Carta Memorial sponsored by the American Bar Association and the John F. Kennedy Memorial stone hidden away in a leafy enclave.
Then it’s back to central London to the drop off point of your choice.
Windsor Castle stateroom and St. George's Chapel tickets are available to purchase from the ticket office on the day or in advance here
Duration: A full day's 7.5 hour experience
Price: £480 (for 1 to 5 passengers)
£50 deposit to secure the booking after confirmation of tour and date. Balance to be paid by cash, card or PayPal on the day
Pick-up & drop off: The price includes one pick up and drop off from a central London hotel or station
Taxi is wheelchair accessible
Magna Carta Memorial
St George's Chapel