Last year for my Birthday, Hubby and I spent a long weekend in Windsor. We had a lovely weekend and thought that Windsor was a beautiful place for a weekend break. It’s far closer to where we live than we had thought, but we felt like we were far from home. We had booked to stay at The Macdonald Windsor Hotel. I had wanted to stay here particularly, because I have always had good experiences at other Macdonald hotels. The hotel didn’t disappoint. We were made to feel special from the moment that we arrived. Our room had a lovely view and the barman made fantastic mojito’s!! The staff were fabulous and friendly and the hotel immaculate and beautiful. It was a perfect base.
There is a lot to see and do in Windsor and you certainly don’t need to drive once you have arrived. Everything is easily reached on foot and it is a lovely place to wander. The hotel was practically opposite the castle so very central. We didn’t go into the castle but did walk around it and admire it from the outside. Aside from the imposing outer walls you can walk down to see the castle entrance from the bottom of the sweeping driveway. Next to it, is The Long Walk – where Windsor Castle meets Windsor Great Park. There were lots of tourists about who also seemed to be enjoying this quaint little English town. The weather was beautiful all weekend so we were able to enjoy sitting outside various little restaurants and cafes and watching the world go by.
We wandered around the shops in the town centre and then the cobbled streets that are lined with eateries and drinking spots opposite the hotel. We enjoyed some delicious meals over the weekend and even a traditional cream tea! We walked down to the River Thames where there is the Windsor Wheel – the equivalent of the London Eye. We enjoyed a long walk along the river and took a river boat trip which was lovely.
We watched a show at the wonderful little theatre in Windsor and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have since been back to watch various productions and enjoy a meal at one of the lovely restaurants. We were back in Windsor last Friday and it was a sea of bunting in readiness for the Jubilee Weekend which was lovely to see.
We walked across the bridge and into Eton. Again it was stunning. The little shops and cafes, the old buildings and of course the famous Eton College. Blooming flower displays were everywhere and it is definitely one of the prettiest places that I have been to.
We were really pleased to see the band march past the hotel on the Sunday morning, all in smart dress and marching perfectly! The Queen wasn’t in residence whilst we were there although Windsor Castle is said to be one of her favourite residences. The whole town is very royal and there s an abundance of tourist shops selling everything royal and British! They are good fun to browse – even if you do only live 14 miles away!!
As someone who is fascinated by airports and aeroplanes, Windsor being under the Heathrow flight path was a bonus for me – I really could sit and watch the planes fly over all day from my little spot on the cobbled streets in the sunshine!!