Normally when I’m visiting London I can easily spend several days just exploring new areas of the city, and visiting some of my favorites, such as Leicester Square, Tower bridge, and Soho. This time we were however staying with a friend near Heathrow which gave me a good reason to think about other places to see beyond central London – and I’m really glad it did!
Having discovered Windsor castle would be easily reachable by train I became excited about visiting, regardless of the rainy weather which you can see in all the pics! The Windsor and Eton Riverside station which is really close to the castle is easily reachable also from central London with trains from London Paddington and Waterloo stations taking less than an hour.
To be honest I was really impressed by the castle. It’s huge and has amazing interiors – but unfortunately you just have to take my word for that since you’re not allowed to take photos inside.
If you want to see all parts of the castle including e.g. the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s doll house, St George’s Chapel and The Grand reception, you will need to reserve several hours for your visit.
So how to get tickets: Given it was a rainy daily middle of winter we didn’t have to wait to buy our tickets, but I’ve understood during summer months you may need to wait up to one hour, so you might consider getting your ticket in advance online.
Since visiting the castle does take few hours, you might want to stop for a five o-clock tea at one of the lovely restaurants in Windsor after your visit. This is also what we did and thoroughly enjoyed our teas at the Bel & The Dragon after walking outside in the cold and rainy winter weather.
All in all, I think Windsor is definitely worth a visit!