Windsor & Eton

Windsor Castle

Back to Previous PageWindsor & Eton - Berkshire - England
28 May 2001

Accommodation - Pubs & Bars - Restaurants

Royal towns, situated on the banks of the River Thames just 20 miles West of the City of London, offering lovely views and wonderful walks.

Windsor is dominated by the amazing view of Windsor Castle, which helps to provide the town with its main source of revenue “tourism”. The town provides over four million visitors a year with a fantastic day out. With views to some very famous landmarks such as Sir Christopher Wrens Town HouseSir Christopher Wrens town house, the Guild Hall and the monumental statue of George III known locally as the Copper Horse. The town, situated on the banks of the River Thames offers many superb views and walks. Surrounding the Castle there are numerous buildings, many of which are historical land marks in their own right. A number of these have now been converted into shops, restaurants and public houses. The town caters very well for both residents and visitors and has many traditional and modern establishments blending beautifully together, making Windsor an interesting and memorable place to visit. Away from the town centre Windsor hosts many other attractions these include the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, boating on the river, Windsor Race Course and last but not least the world famous Legoland.

The Royal Borough of Windsor is mainly rural and contains 1,000 acres of land held by the National Trust in the north, and almost 5,000 acres of Crown land to the south.
"Windlesora" stood on the present site of the village of Old Windsor and is where Windsor owes its origin. It is thought to have been founded in the 7th Century. Its Saxon name probably means the bank (ora) with winding gear (windles).

windsor lean.jpg (8826 bytes)Old Windsor was a royal manor during the Saxon period and in the 11th Century the Great Councils of England met there. William I built a motte and bailey castle on high ground some two miles north of the Saxon town following the Norman Conquest in 1066. The castle was being used as a royal residence by the reign of Henry I.

Over 900 years ago, William the Conqueror, with the help of his victorious army, commenced the construction of Windsor Castle. The site was chosen with typical care: high above the River Thames, on the edge of a Saxon hunting ground, the Castle was a day's march from the Tower of London and was designed to guard the western approaches to the capital.

Since those early days, Windsor Castle has been inhabited continuously and improved and restored by successive monarchs according to their taste and style. Some were great builders, strengthening the Castle against uprising and rebellion, others, living in more peaceful times, created a palace within the apartments of their ancestors.

The first Monarch to assume the surname "Windsor " was King George V in 1917.

Not until the 19th & 20th Centuries have new industries of high-tech and tourism appeared in Windsor.

Windsor Castle - King Henry VIII GateWindsor Castle, oldest of the Queen's four principal homes, was first built for William the Conqueror in 1070 but extensively renovated for Queen Victoria. The state apartments are sumptuously furnished and St George's Chapel, where ten monarchs are buried, is an outstanding example of late 15th-century architecture. Children make a beeline for Queen Mary's Dolls' House, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924 and containing scale models of many famous art works of the period.

The castle has been a principal royal residence ever since William the Conqueror built his wooden castle. The present stone round tower was built a century later and today Britain's royal family stay here regularly. Many monarchs have embellished the castle and a tour of its state rooms provides a sampling of royal taste through the centuries.

Windsor Castle
Castle Hill
Windsor SL4 1NG
Berkshire, England
Tel 01753 868286

The town itself, located to the west of the castle walls, retains a Georgian character. The Savill Garden, set in Windsor Great Park, is splendid in early summer when the rhododendrons are in flower. A footbridge across the Thames connects Windsor with Eton and its famous school, and downstream is the meadow at Runnymede where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215.  

Windsor Station.

Windsor StationThe station was built by the Great Western Railway in 1849, extending its line from Slough to Windsor. This gave Queen Victoria and the general public easy access when visiting Windsor, although if some of the leading citizens of the day had had their way, Windsor would have had a railway even before Victoria came to the throne.

A Great Western Act in 1835 authorised a line west through Slough with no branch to Windsor, although it was not until 1840 that a station was permitted at Slough because of fears of corruption by the pupils at Eton College.

By the end of 1849 Windsor had two branch lines and by 1851, two railway stations, one opposite the Castle and the other on the riverside. These were crucial to Windsor. Residents could travel to Paddington or Waterloo in an hour, thus they could work and shop, as well as visit concerts and other events in London, returning to their homes in Windsor. The tourist trade also flourished in that trains could bring hundreds of visitors for a day out, as opposed to the small numbers coming by coach. Members of the royal household used the train from Windsor for the first time, after which monarchs and cabinet ministers frequently made use of the two Windsor railway lines. Curfew Tower - Windsor CastleQueen Victoria who died in Osborne House on the Isle of Wight on 22nd January wine bar.jpg (8661 bytes)1901 was taken by gun carriage from the Central Station to the grounds of Frogmore where she was buried in the Royal Mausoleum, next to her beloved husband Prince Albert.

Today the station is a thriving area linked to the main shopping streets, with a number of cafe bars and boutiques. One exit from Central Station opens out onto Thames Street opposite the Curfew Tower of the Castle. From here there is a pleasant walk past many inns and eating places down the hill past the Theatre Royal to Windsor Bridge - a pedestrian bridge which crosses the Thames into Eton.

Daniel Gooch, one of the great railway engineers of the century, was appointed Superintendent of the Great Western Railway. He lived in the village of Clewer and is buried in the churchyard there.

Savill Garden is a woodland garden near Windsor Castle, within Windsor Great Park. It is a garden of the highest quality with collections of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, hydrangeas, and much more set in over 15 hectares (37 acres). It is at its best in spring, when there is a spectacular display of evergreen azaleas in the Punch Bowl (late May). Later highlights include drifts of lilies and mellow autumn colours. The Temperate House opened in 1995.

The Savill Garden
Wick Lane
Englefield Green
Egham TW20 0UU
Surrey, England
Tel 01753 860222

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The painter Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) lived and worked in this picturesque Thames-side village, using it as a background to many of his works. Some of his paintings and belongings are on display in his former studio, the Stanley Spencer Gallery. East, across the river, is Cliveden, a Victorian mansion that gave its name in the 1930s to the Cliveden Set, political house guests of Nancy Astor, the first woman MP. It is now a luxury hotel, but the extensive garden is open to the public and commands magnificent river views.


Pubs and Bars 

BEL AND THE DRAGON Country pub and eating house full of open fires and beams.
Thames Street, Windsor 01753 866056
B Public House
5 Thames Street Windsor  01753 864405
BAR 51 Public House
Peascod Street, Windsor  01753 755951
CHICAGO ROCK CAFE Restaurant and bar with dancing
29-33 William Street, Windsor 01753 858870
THE RIVER HOUSE Over 20's after 7.30pm
10 Thameside, Windsor 01753860644
Eton High Street, Eton  01753 861797
Castle Hill, Windsor  01753 830172
7 Ward Royal Parade, Alma Road, Windsor   01753 869379
21 Burfield Road, Old Windsor  01753 832408
16 Common Road, Eton Wick  01753 863925
10 Crimp Hill Rd, Old Windsor  01753 861954
THE PUNTER Wine bar & restaurant.
50 Thames Street Windsor  01753 865565
THE ROYAL OAK Public House
Datchet Road, Windsor  01753 865179
Clarence Road Windsor  01753 864334
THREE TUNS Public House
5 The Market Place, Windsor  01753 861615
TWO BREWERS Public House
34 Park Street, Windsor  01753 855426
UNION INN Public House
17 Crimp Hill road, Old Windsor  01753 861955
105 Vansittart Road, Windsor  01753 865988


BROWNS (Formerly THE FORT & FIRKIN) With riverside patio.
The Promenade Windsor  01753 869897
PIZZA HUT Eat in, Takeaway and Delivery Pizzas.
19 Thames Street, Windsor, SL4 1PL  01753 840827
AL FASSIA Moroccan Restaurant
27 St Leonards Road, Windsor  01753 855370
AMALFI Italian/French cuisine, established 20 years
9 Datchet Road, Windsor  01753 855576
ANTICO RESTAURANT Long established Italian restaurant
42 High Street, Eton  01753 863977
BELLA PASTA Italian restaurant
30 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 864122
CHARLEY'S HORSE MEXICAN CANTINA Serving Mexican food, Beer and Cocktails bar open to non diners.
4 Goswell Hill Arches, Windsor 01753 858090
CODY'S WINE BAR & RESTAURANT Wine Bar and Restaurant
4 Church Lane, Windsor  01753 858331
DON BENI Italian restaurant
28 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 622042
DRURY HOUSE RESTAURANT 17th Century restaurant serving traditional English recipes.
4 Church Street, Windsor  01753 863734
FRANCESCO'S Italian restaurant
53 Peascod Street, Windsor  01753 863773
46 High Street, Windsor  01753 863961
95 High Street, Eton  01753 862063
THE SPICE ROUTE Set Menu always available.
18A Boots Passage, Windsor   01753 772000
HAVANA CAFE American, Cuban and Mexican-style restaurant and cocktail bar with unique party atmosphere
Goswell Hill, Windsor  01753 832960
2 Alexandra Road, Windsor  01753 833759
HOUSE ON THE BRIDGE Restaurant on the Bridge from Windsor into Eton
71a High Street, Eton
JASMINE PEKING RESTAURANT Chinese Restaurant with disco available at weekends
35 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 861500
LA TAVERNA Italian Restaurant
2 River Street, Windsor  01753 863020
LATINO'S Greek Restaurant Live music Fri-Sat.
3 Church Lane, Windsor 01753 857711
MONTY'S RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT Tranquil riverside dining.
Windsor Bridge, Eton  01753 854479
15-16 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 625120
PIERRE VICTOIRE 6 High Street, Windsor   01753 833009
PIZZA EXPRESS Italian restaurant
7-8 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 856424
RED ROSE TANDOORI Indian Restaurant
69 Victoria Street, Windsor  01753 620180
41 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 833263
MANTRA American Bar & Diner
19-21 The Arches, Windsor  01753 831331
THAI CASTLE Thai restaurant
12 Thames Street, Windsor  01753 842186
THAI CUISINE Thai restaurant
83 St Leonards Road, Windsor  01753 833899
THE TIGER GARDEN Indian Restaurant
47-49 High Street, Eton 01753860944
UNCLE SAM'S American Diner
10 High Street, Windsor  01753 866655
VICEROY TANDOORI Indian Restaurant
49-51 St Leonards Road, Windsor
250 Maidenhead Road, Windsor   01753 864634
36-37 Thames Street, Windsor   01753 853928
YAZZ RESTAURANT relaxed atmosphere, delicious cuisine, extensive selection of new world wines.
Upstairs 10 High Street, Windsor   01753 832222
Hatchet Lane, Winkfield, Windsor   01344 885545


The Aurora Garden Hotel 14 Bolton Avenue SL4 3JF 01753 868686

Clarence Hotel 9 Clarence Road 01753 852359

Christopher Hotel 110 High Street Eton SL4 6AN 01753 830914

Alma House 56 Alma Road 01753 862983

76 Duke Street 76 Duke Street 01753 620636

Melrose House 53 Frances Road 01753 865328

The Aurora Garden Hotel 14 Bolton Avenue SL4 3JF 01753 868686

Ye Harte and Garter Hotel High Street SL4 1PU 01753 863426

Frogmore Hotel and Restaurant 71 Alma Road  01753 852127

Oscar Hotel 65 Vansittart Road  01753 830613

Barbara's B&B 16 Maidenhead Road 01753 840273

Sir Christopher Wrens House Thames Street SL4 1PX 01753 861354

The Castle Hotel 18 High Street SL4 1LJ 01753 851011

Royal Adelaide Hotel 46 Kings Road 01753 863916

Langton House 46, Alma Road SL4 3HA 01753 858299

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