Visit Windsor and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Windsor, Berkshire A largely Victorian town which owes everything to its great royal castle. Near the hill on which it is built were once sited a fortress used by the ancient Britons and by Julius Caesar, and a palace used by Saxon kings. The castle, founded by William the Conqueror, first became a royal residence in the reign of Henry I, and incorporates additions dating from that time to the reign of Queen Victoria. Much of the castle visible from the river was built after 1824 by Wyatville. The Lower Ward contains St George's Chapel, the finest example of Perpendicular architecture in England. It owes much to Edward IV and Henry VIII, and is now the burial place of royalty. The Albert Memorial Chapel, built originally by Henry VIII, was converted into a shrine to the Prince Consort by Queen Victoria.
The Middle Ward of the castle contains the famous Round Tower, built in the reign of Henry II. The Upper ward contains the State Apartments, dating from Edward III's time, as well as the Sovereign's private apartments. The castle is surrounded by good walking country in the 4800-acre Great Park, which also has a starling roost and a heronry. Windsor Guildhall was completed by Wren in 1689, after the death of the original architect. Its council chambers incorporate columns which do not reach the ceiling, a joke by the architect in response to the councillors' insistence on decorative columns.
Across the Thames is Eton, with its quaint old High Street. At the far end lies Eton College, founded in 1440 by Henry VI, and some buildings date from that time.
Stoke Poges, 4 miles north, is famous as the setting of the ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ by Thomas Gray, who is buried in the churchyard.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Addlestone, Ascot, Bagshot, Beaconsfield, Binfield, Bisham, Bisley, Bourne End, Bracknell, Bray, Burchetts Green, Burnham, Byfleet, Camberley, Chalfont St Peter, Chertsey, Chobham, Cippenham, Colnbrook, Cookham, Cookham Dean, Cowley, Cranford, Crazies Hill, Crowthorne, Datchet, Denham, Dorney, Easthampstead, Egham, Englefield Green, Eton, Eton Wick, Farnham Common, Feltham, Finchampstead, Flackwell Heath, Frieth, Gerrards Cross, Hare Hatch, Harefield, Harlington, Heathrow Airport, Hillingdon, Holyport, Hurley, Ickenham, Iver, Knowl Hill, Laleham, Lane End, Littlewick Green, Longcross, Loudwater, Maidenhead, Marlow, Medmenham, New Bedfont, Northwood, Oatlands Park, Ottershaw, Ruislip, Sandhurst, Shepperton, Slough, South Ruislip, Staines, Stanwell, Stoke Poges, Sunbury, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Taplow, Taplow, Uxbridge, Virginia Water, Waltham St Lawrence, Walton-on-Thames, Warfield, Water Oakley, West Bedfont, West Byfleet, West Drayton, Weybridge, White Waltham, Windlesham, Winkfield, Wokingham, Wooburn Green, Woodham, Yiewsley.
Have you decided to visit Windsor or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Windsor bed and breakfast (a Windsor B&B or Windsor b and b)
- a Windsor guesthouse
- a Windsor hotel (or motel)
- a Windsor self-catering establishment, or
- other Windsor accommodation