If you’re looking for a festive day out with friends or family, you could do a lot worse than visiting Windsor. The town to the west of London is probably best known for being home to one of the royal family’s residences, but there’s a lot more to see and do here.
The Mirror recently offered some advice on the best things to see and do if you’re planning to spend a day, or even a weekend, in the picturesque English town.
Windsor Castle, however, is at the top of the list. It attracted a lot of attention earlier this year when it was used as the venue for Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. Even without the excitement of a royal wedding, it’s well worth having a look around the castle.
The Queen usually spends one month living in the castle, normally in March-April, but the rest of the year it is open to visitors.
The newspaper notes that there are some stunning rooms in the castle, including the State Apartments and Grand Reception room. In December, you’ve got the additional treat of seeing the castle decorated for Christmas.
Among the highlights at this time of year is the impressive Nordmann Fir tree, which is decked out with lights, tinsel and golden decorations. It’s located at the end of St George’s Hall.
If you’re visiting Windsor Castle, you should spend some time exploring the grounds. You can even sneak a peak of Frogmore House, which is set to become the residence for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the new year.
For something completely different – and perfect if you have children – take a trip to Legoland Windsor. This theme park is full of spectacular models made from the famous plastic building blocks, as well as boasting 55 rides that will keep everyone in your family amused for hours.
The newspaper also suggested taking a walk in Savill Gardens, which are located in Windsor Great Park. These ornamental gardens are home to a host of exotic and beautiful plants and is the perfect place to lose yourself in nature and escape the crowds for a little while.
In December there are also a number of festive activities and events happening here.From 15 December to 2 January there will be vintage carousels set up that you can take a ride on.
Every Saturday in December there will be the option of taking a festive horse-drawn carriage ride around the park. This could be a great family activity, or a romantic way to explore with your partner.
And if you’d rather discover the gardens at your own pace, why not follow the Winter Sprite Trail, which leads you through the park from 1 December to 2 January?
If you’d rather not tackle the drive to and from Windsor, book luxury minibus hire in Bucks to take the stress out of your journey and enable everyone to enjoy themselves without having to worry about tackling the drive home at the end of the day.
There are some other great festive attractions in Windsor in December. One to seek out is the Windsor and Eton Living Advent Calendar.There will be a different 15-minute performance every evening of advent,ranging from carols and poetry to tales of local history.