Windsor - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour taken from the main shopping street in Windsor.
Windsor - FURTHER INFORMATION
Windsor - Windsor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Windsor' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
Windsor is a famous town and popular tourist destination in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead next to the River Thames in Berkshire, England. It is most famous for Windsor Castle, the top tourist attraction in the area.
Evidence suggests that Windsor has been occupied since palaeolithic times and it is mentioned in the ancient 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' as 'Windles-ore'. Three miles upstream from Windles-ore a timber motte and bailey castle was built in the 11th century, noted in the Domesday Book as 'Windsor Castle', and shortly after the Royal Household moved to the castle. Most of the other inhabitants of Old Windsor followed suit, relocating to New Windsor around the castle in the 12th century.
The presence of the Royal Windsor Castle was of great benefit to the town, with Windsor becoming one of the most wealthy towns in the kingdom by the mid 14th century. This was greatly helped by the continued building works on the castle during the Middle Ages and on through to the 15th century.
Windsor also became an important pilgrimage site, especially for people in London, who came to see a fragment of the so-called 'True Cross' housed in the new St George's Chapel (1480). At that time Windsor had 29 inns providing accommodation for the rich pilgrims, ready to spend money.
After the Reformation, the importance of Windsor declined, the shrines no longer visited and Windsor having little else to offer. Much of the old town was destroyed during redevelopment in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, Windsor survives mostly on tourist trade, and the use of Windsor Castle by the Royal Family for state events.
Windsor - Tourist Attractions
- Windsor Castle - 900 year old castle, one of the three principal official residences of the British monarch, and one of the top 20 tourist attractions in England.
- Legoland - one of the top UK attractions, a theme park with rides and all things Lego orientated.
- St George's Chapel - found within Windsor Castle it is considered one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England.
- Stanley Spencer Gallery - dedicated to the works of Stanley Spencer, housed in the Victorian Methodist Chapel.
- Royal Windsor Racecourse - famous racecourse holding horse races since 1866.
- Eton College - one of the most famous Public Schools in England, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI to provide free education for 70 poor scholars, though now educating the very rich and elite of the land.
- Windsor Guildhall - built in 1687 and a very popular place for weddings.
- Windsor Great Park - 5,000 acres dear park next to Windsor Castle with stunning walks and views over the River Thames and Windsor.
- Windsor River Cruises - take a boat cruise up the River Thames from Windsor.
- Castle Hill and Queen Victoria Statue - statue of Queen Victoria erected on Castle Hill in 1887.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Heathrow Airport, 12 miles east of Windsor.
Road: Windsor is close to junction 6 of the M4, about 30 miles west of central London and 8 miles from the M25.
Train: Windsor & Eton Central Rail Station, Windsor & Eton Riverside Rail Station.