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A Royal Flush
The Group Travel World team headed to Windsor on a recent fam trip to enjoy its world-famous castle, races and river trips…
Few chunks of Britain are as rich in group-friendly attractions as Windsor. From its castle (which just happens to be the Queen’s favourite weekend home) to its racecourse, you’ll be spoilt for things to do in this royal borough. And we got a taste of what the area has to offer when we joined travel expert Sylvia Saxon of New Meridian for a recent ‘fam’ trip run by her organisation.
“Windsor’s a fantastic location for groups,” says Sylvia. “Everything’s within easy reach, a lot of it is walkable, and all the staff at the attractions – from the castle to the river trips on the Thames – are helpful and kind.”
If you’re heading there soon, here’s our pick of Windsor’s best bits…
It’s the oldest, and largest, inhabited castle in the world, and its royal connections date back almost 1,000 years. Windsor Castle is one of the Queen’s official residences and very much a working royal palace. Take a tour of the magnificent State Apartments, discover how the castle was restored after fire raged through it, or explore the gardens.
Royal Windsor Racecourse
Set in 165 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside, on the River Thames and in the shadow of Windsor Castle, Royal Windsor Racecourse holds 27 fixtures from April to October, including its Best of British Festival and Ladies’ Day.
Special guided tours of historic Eton College for smaller groups of up to six – featuring many of the Foundation buildings as well as objects from the College Collections – are held on Friday afternoons from May to September. The tours cover the School Yard, College Chapel, Upper School, Lower School and the Museum of Eton Life.
Windsor Duck Tours
Take to the road – and the river – with Windsor Duck Tours, the amphibious sightseeing tour that takes you through Windsor’s streets (complete with a skipper-turned-tour-guide), then hits the Thames.
Bateaux Windsor Cruises offer a luxury dining experience on the Thames as you set sail to explore Windsor’s sights. Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and special events can be catered for.
The Harte and Garter Hotel & Spa
Overlooking Windsor Castle and close to Windsor Great Park, this stylish hotel and spa is ideal whether you’re looking to book afternoon tea or a week’s lavish stay. The hotel has ample parking, as well as a hu