Exploring new places is something we are really enjoying doing with our children. So when we were invited up to Windsor by The Original Tour to have a day out being a tourist in Windsor we were all pretty excited to give it a go! 

They had laid on a fantastic itinerary of the day and we were all very well looked after. 

Windsor Castle is Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding venue in May! There is so much excitement around the town about it and I think it’s great fun to see all the shops getting ready for it. Windsor town is going to be jam-packed with people that day! 

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So to start our day off we went to watch The Changing Of The Guard. This happens about three times week here in Windsor but do take a look at their website to see what days. 

My girls really enjoyed this bit, listening to the band and watching them march together. It’s a little bit of history that they can now say they have watched. Also as Windsor is smaller you were able to get up close to see them, and Lily loved their red feather in their hats! 

Make sure you have a little look around Windsor town, the cobble streets and wonky houses are so cute!

Next up was a trip on The Original Tour.  You won’t be able to miss their buses with a bright union jack flag on them! 

This hop-on and off bus tour means you can explore Windsor, The Long Walk, Eton College, Datchet Village and Windsor Farm Shop at your own pace. There is 11 bus stops to get off and on at, so being able to stop and explore each location in more detail if you want to. The ticket is valid for 24 hours so you can explore as much as you can in this time too. 

TIP: Windsor Farm Shop is one of the bus stops, it also has free parking. So you could park here for free (at the time!) and start your bus tour. Or a great place to stop for lunch, it did look very nice! 

Windsor Castle has been the family home for British Kings and Queens for over 1,000 years. You can also go inside and have a tour around the castle, seeing the beautiful rooms and also it’s where the Changing of the Guard enter. 

The bus tour provides earphones for you to connect to the bus and listen to the commentary as you are travelling around. This is really good for the children too as it gives them some information for the things they’re seeing. 

We visited in March and it’s pretty windy up the top! So bring some hats to keep little ones ears warm. 

The bus passes by the river Thames where you can spot the people getting their boats ready for the summer season.

Then right near Windsor Great Park. I had heard about this place before but not looked into it much. It’s beautiful and so much to do. Nearly 5000 acres with Windsor Castle at the end of the long walk. There is so much to explore here, we saw people dog walking, horse riding, also gardens to explore and places to eat. It would be a lovely place to explore, added to the bucket list! 

After all the fresh air of being on the top of the bus it was time for some tasty lunch! Windsor has lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from. So you won’t struggle to find somewhere to eat. We visited The Boatman which was right on the Thames. With outdoor seating which was undercover, but imagine how lovely that will be in the summer too.  The food was delicious and the staff were very polite and friendly. 

Next up on the trip was a boat tour by The French Brothers along The Thames. It was a 40 minute boat ride which was perfect length of time for the children. It went past Windsor Racecourse, Brocas Meadows, Mill House, views of Eton Collage, Windsor Castle and turning at Boveney Lock and Weir. 

Swans are an iconic symbol of the Queen, so of course there has to be lots of them in Windsor! You can purchase some food to be able to feed them as well. My girls loved this! 

Last thing on the day was another quick top up of food! We visited The Bell and Dragon for a lovely afternoon tea. 

You should have seen the kids faces when they realised there was a chalk board table to draw on!!! 

The scones were yummy and still warm! This finished our day off lovely and I would recommend a visit.  

I was really surprised how much there was to do in Windsor. You could easily spend a weekend there exploring lots of the places I have mentioned in this post. Or like us just pop up for the day and use The Original Tour for the day stopping off and visiting many of the landmarks. 

The price is £33 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children or £13 per adult and £7 for a child

If you want to see our day in action then take a look at my little video to get a snippet of the fun we had! 

*Thank you for The Original Tour for inviting us up to Windsor for the day. We received the day out for the purpose of this post. However all opinions and words are honest and of my own.  

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  1. Looks like you had a wonderful day out! It’s great to see the buzz already in full swing for the royal wedding – I am a little bit excited myself 🙂 Fab to see the changing of the guard too! Sim x

  2. Windsor Castle is wonderfully rich in history, and set in such a lovely part of London too. I filmed a painting there back in my BBC days, good memories.

    • Ah how lovely, it’s a beautiful town. I would love to explore the Castle next time

    • Yes I was surprised by how much there was to do there as well. A very beautiful place

  3. That sounds like the perfect way to explore Windsor. I was there once for a training course but never got outside the hotel to see the town. I’d love to see the castle in particular.

  4. We have never been to Windsor but do keep saying that we will call on our way home from the south this summer! It looks fantastic!

    • That’s a good idea, it’s a nice town to stop for a little walk around. Time it right with The Changing of The Guard too

  5. I love a bus tour, but I have to admit I didn’t know Windsor did one! We live close but as with lots of places on your doorstep, we don’t visit as often as I’d like. I’ve still not taken my little boy to see the changing of the guard, I think he’d love it. We love Bel and the Dragon too, so family friendly and great food too (not always things that go hand in hand!)

    • Ah do you live near! The bus tour is new so you may not have seen it before. Yes do take him to see The Changing Of The Guard he would love the Guards and the band playing.

    • It’s a perfect way for little legs to learn and see lots of things in one day too. Thank you

  6. I’ve never actually been to Windsor but it looks like you all had a wonderful trip there 🙂

  7. This must have been an amazing experience 🙂 Love the chalkboard table for the children. Imagine how glorious it would all be and look in late spring sunshine……you may have to go back!

    • Yes it would be lovely wouldn’t it, I would really lovely to do the Castle and Windsor Great Park on a sunny day too

  8. We visited Windsor Castle a few weeks ago for the first time. I would have loved to have done a similar tour to this as we didn’t seen anywhere as near as much. I am very jealous of how close you got to the changing of the guard too. Will definitely bare this in mind if we visit again x

    • Ah I picked my spot when they came out of the Castle perfectly! That’s what I love about the tours too is you get to see so much more than on foot

  9. Oh I’ve never been to Windsor but I’d love to go. It looks beautiful! I love a good explore round a historic castle.

    Katie xoxo

    • Yes my son really loves history and a visit inside the castle is going on the list of places to visit!

  10. I really want to visit Winsdor Castle and Bel & the Dragon is a real treat – we stayed in one of their B&B’s last year

  11. I’ve never been to England. I so want to Windsor and so many other places. Great photos! #countrykids

    • There are so many lovely places in England and Windsor is very royal English!

  12. Aw this sounds great! When we were last in Windsor we literally miss d the changing of the guards by a few minutes we were gutted.

  13. I’m curious – how much does it all cost to do the tour? We’re looking into a Windsor trip as unfortunately the castle isn’t covered with HHA or HRP membership (no surprise really!). I saw they do a combination ticket with Buckingham Palace too… it looks great! It has been about 40 years since I last went to Windsor…. #countrykids

    • It’s £33 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. £13 per adult and £7 for a child. It was a good day out, so surprised how much there was to see.

  14. Wow there really is a lot to do and you managed so much! I’m not sure how you packed so much into one day! Changing of the Guard is such a treat, I’ve watched it many times in London but never at Windsor. In fact the closest I’ve come to visiting Windsor is Legoland! I’d much prefer the royal park and those cute cobbled streets and than the theme park if I’m honest. The bus looks like a great way to see the town and get your bearings.

    Thaakyou for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Thank you, there was lots to do wasn’t there! The Changing Of The Guard was really good to see in Windsor as you could get up so close to them. Yes many times we’ve been to Legoland and not Windsor!

  15. What an amazing experience for everyone to witness. The tour seems very reasonably priced too, definitely something I think we should do, the town looks lovely and I think you could easily spend a day in the park. #CountryKids

    • The park is massive and you can easily fill your day with activities around. It has something for everyone

  16. Windsor is just down the road from us. It is such a lovely town to explore. I have to admit I’ve never yet managed to catch the changing of the guard though. The boat trip is one of the things we’ve been meaning to do for a while. I’ve never done the bus tour either but it does sound like a great way to see Windsor. Sounds like you had a lovely day out 🙂 #countrykids

    • Thank you, my girls loved the Change of the Guard so if your around on one of the days do try and catch it.

  17. This sounds fun. I grew up in a village near Windsor and know it well. Will have to take our girls back and be a tourist one day!

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