DAY OUT | ROYAL WINDSOR, WINDSOR CASTLE & ETON

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER | 2017

Join us on this Great Day Out to Royal Windsor and Eton ... include a visit to Windsor Castle if you wish | from only £29pp to include return luxury coach travel from Salisbury or Amesbury

Having organised popular visits to London and Buckingham Palace before, we are now off to wonderful Windsor! Choose to spend your day exploring beautiful Windsor & Eton or make some time to also include a tour of Windsor Castle - the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and family home of British Kings and Queens for almost 1,000 years.

Option 1 | explore the magnificent official residence of HM The Queen - still very much a working Royal Palace, used for ceremonial and State occasions, hosting State Visits from monarchs and presidents from all over the world. Enjoy free-time in Windsor and Eton before/after your castle tour.

Option 2 | simply spend the day exploring Royal Windsor & Eton. Windsor is a truly lovely City, with plenty of beautiful shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Hop on an open-top sightseeing bus, take a walk along the River Thames, maybe even take a boat trip ON the River Thames or enjoy a short stroll across the Thames to Eton for a little mooch along Eton High Street, for more boutique shopping and delicious foody treats!

Windsor Castle - what there is to see and do!

2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the restoration of the State Apartments at Windsor Castle, which were devastated when fire broke out in 1992 - the year Her Majesty The Queen described as her 'Annus Horribilis'. Join us on this Great Day Out and explore this magnificent official residence of The Queen - still very much a working royal palace, used for ceremonial and State occasions, hosting State Visits from monarchs and presidents from all over the world.

Tour the State Apartments & Semi-State Rooms

Windsor Castle has been the home of 39 monarchs, and the appearance of the State Apartments today reflects the changing tastes of the Castle’s royal occupants, particularly Charles II (r.1660-85) and George IV (r.1820-30). The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the Kings and Queens who have lived at Windsor.

September is one of the best times of the year to visit Windsor Castle as the spectacular private apartments created for George IV are also open. These Semi-State Rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining.

On 20 November 1992 a fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. The restoration of the Castle, particularly St George’s Hall and the Grand Reception Room, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.  The Semi-State Rooms were also severely damaged by the fire, although, by good fortune, their contents had been moved elsewhere at the time. They were completely restored to their 19th-century appearance using the original designs supplied to George IV.

Marvel at the magnificence of Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Among the highlights of a visit to Windsor is Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world. Built for Queen Mary by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1921 and 1924, this most magical of residences is a perfect replica in miniature of an aristocratic home.

Step inside St George's Chapel

St George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England and is particularly noted for its magnificent stone fan vaulting. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III. Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.

Take in a Precincts Tour

As the perfect start to your visit, you can join a free 30-minute tour of the Castle Precincts. The tours are led by the Wardens, dressed in their striking red and black Windsor livery, and depart at regular intervals throughout the day from the Courtyard at the start of the visit. The Precincts tour introduces the Castle’s 900-year history as a fortress and palace, and its role today as an official residence of The Queen. It ends at the entrance to the State Apartments on Henry VIII’s North Terrace, from where spectacular views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed.

Swing by the Castle's shops!

The four shops around Windsor Castle offer a wide range of exclusive gift items inspired by the works of art in the Royal Collection, many of which are displayed at Windsor Castle; stock up on homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards.

DATE

Saturday 23 September, 2017

PRICE

Option 1 £50pp (Windsor & Eton AND Windsor Castle Admission | Return Luxury Coach Travel | Services of a Courier)

Option 2 £29pp (Windsor & Eton ONLY | Return Luxury Coach Travel | Services of a Courier)

Please note that if you have to cancel your booking, for whatever reason, we are unable to issue any refunds - please see our full T&Cs below.

ITINERARY

Destination | Windsor, Windsor Castle & Eton
Pick-Up Salisbury | 8:00am
Pick-Up Amesbury | 8:15am
Depart Windsor | 6:00pm
Return Salisbury (via Amesbury) | between 8:00pm and 9:00pm approx

GOOD TO KNOW

Visiting the Castle If you are choosing Option 1 to include a visit to the Castle, you're welcome to start your tour at any time (last admission 3pm) - a typical visit lasts 2 to 3 hours. To make the most of your time at Windsor, pick up one of the free self-guided multimedia tours in the Courtyard at the start of your visit.  The tour is introduced by The Prince of Wales, Chairman of the Royal Collection Trust and takes you through the Castle Precincts, the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. The commentary provides a lively guide to the Castle’s history, from William the Conqueror, through medieval expansion, George IV’s gothic transformation and The Queen’s use of the Castle today.

Exploring Windsor & Eton

Retail therapy is one of the top reasons to come to Royal Windsor and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants for ‘fuel stops’ and people watching! Visit the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, King Edward Court or take a short scenic walk across the river for a beautiful browse around Eton

Fancy a Boat Cruise? During your time in Windsor, you might like to include a cruise on the River Thames.  More information about the cruises running from Windsor, can be found here www.frenchbrothers.co.uk

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OPTION 1 | WINDSOR, WINDSOR CASTLE & ETON

OPTION 2 | WINDSOR & ETON ONLY

IMAGERY | TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT

  • The Grand Reception Room - Mark Fiennes - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
  • St George's Hall - Mark Fiennes - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
  • The King's Bedchamber - Ian Jones - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
  • St George's Chapel - John Freeman - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016