Out & About in the Local Area..
Out and about in the local area....
Settled on 10 acres of countryside between Royal Windsor and Ascot, we are incredibly lucky at Stirrups to have some exciting nearby attractions that are sure to keep the whole family entertained!
We have highlighted our top local attractions to help you #LiveLikeALocal!
1. Windsor Castle
Could it really be anywhere else?! The magnificent Windsor Castle has been the home of monarchs for nearly 1,000 years and is said to be Her Majesty Queen Elizbeth II’s favourite home. With so much history, there is plenty to see and do so it’s always worth giving yourself 2-3 hours to explore the castle, its grounds and of course the stunning St. Georges Chapel, which recently played host to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Fun Fact – If you can see the Royal Standard flying atop the Round Tower flagpole, the Queen is in residence!
2. LEGOLAND Windsor
One that’s sure to keep the little ones happy is nearby LEGOLAND. With 11 themed areas, the park has something for kids of all ages so whether it’s a trip around Miniland with its miniature world landmarks, a ride on the LEGOLAND Express train, a visit to Knights Kingdom or a chance to pass your LEGO driving test and earn your licence, the park is a fun filled day out and a must for any family visiting the area.
Fun Fact – Building Miniland alone took over 40 million Lego bricks!
3. Windsor Great Park
This magnificent 4,800 acre park is truly a landmark of Royal Windsor and boasts a variety of excellent walks, activities and nature to enjoy. The park is free to enter and is open daily from dusk to dawn so you will have plenty of time to explore its stunning sites including Virginia Water Lake, Savill Garden, The Long Walk and of course the Deer Park with its impressive collection of semi-wild deer’s and stags. A renowned favourite filming location for Hollywood productions, Windsor Great Park is a stunning retreat for outdoor and nature lovers.
Fun Fact – The Park is also home to Smiths Lawn, a world famous polo field which offers a variety of leading tournaments including teams which boast both Prince William and Prince Harry in their ranks.
4. Ascot Race Course
Nearby Ascot is a picturesque town with a variety of coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants but will be best known for its world famous racecourse. Royal Ascot week, held each year in June is the pinnacle of the racing season with 5 days of world class races, traditionally attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family. With 26 race meets throughout the year, a trip to Ascot Races is a fantastic opportunity to experience a highlight of British culture.
Fun Fact – Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best-attended race meeting.
5. The River Thames
Nothing quite beats a tranquil meander down the River Thames, taking in the breath-taking scenery around Windsor and Eton. Local family run Boat Company, French Brothers offer a great array of boat trips including a 40 minute trip, a 2 hour excursion and unique opportunities such as a ride on a vintage Edwardian Steam Boat or the chance to enjoy a Sunday Lunch cruise. Fancy something a little more unique? Windsor Duck Tours operates a bus providing trip around town which transforms into a boat!
Fun Fact – British tradition ‘Swan Upping’ takes place on the Thames around Windsor each July where, for over 900 years a census has been taken of the Swan population by Swan Uppers in traditional rowing boats.
6. The Long Walk
This magnificent walk is exactly as described… a long 2.65 straight mile walk from the King George IV gates of Windsor Castle right into the heart of the Great Park! The end of this journey brings you to the top of Snow Hill and the iconic Copper Horse statue. This bronze depiction of King George III was erected in 1839 and showcases the King in roman garments proudly pointing down the hill towards Windsor Castle, his favourite residence. Snow Hill also offers stunning views across Windsor, the Great Park and as far as London on a clear day. Carriage rides by family run Carriage Company, Windsor Carriages, have been going along the Long Walk and around the Great Park since 1849 and are a great way to enjoy the sites.
Fun Fact – The statue was commissioned by George III’s son, George VI and depicts a Latin inscription which translates as’ George the Third, the best of fathers’. A somewhat ironic choice as the pair was said to have despised each other.
7. Eton College
Across the Thames from Windsor lies the small town of Eton, with various restaurants, small shops and historic buildings to enjoy. A short walk over Eton Bridge from Windsor will bring you to perhaps one of the world’s most famous schools, Eton College. Boasting 20 prime ministers including current incumbent Boris Johnson and various members of the Royal Family including Prince William and Prince Harry amongst its previous pupils, Eton is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious schools. A tour of its facilities and near 1,000 year history is strongly recommended.
Fun Fact – Various famous actors and TV personalities are amongst the schools ex-pupils including Bear Grylls, Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic West, Hugh Laurie and Ian Ogilvy.
8. Changing of the Guard
Looking for a truly memorable example of British tradition and pageantry? Look no further. Taking place three times a week year round, the Changing of the Guard ceremony is a spectacle to behold. At 11am, the Guards from the resident regiment of Foot Guards from the Household division will march through Windsor accompanied by the Guards Band for the symbolic ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony where a new guard replaces the shift of the existing guard outside of the Castle gates. It’s a true favourite with locals and tourists alike and is one you mustn’t miss.
Fun Fact - The Windsor Castle Guard is normally provided by one of the five regiments of Foot Guards from the Household Division, instantly recognisable in their bearskin caps and scarlet tunics. Musical support is provided by a Regimental Band or Corps of Drums with pipers occasionally taking part in the ceremony.