In 1652 the largest house in Windsor Great Park was built on land which Oliver Cromwell had appropriated from the Crown. Now known as Cumberland Lodge after the Duke of Cumberland's residence there in the mid 18th century, the house was variously known as Byfield House, New Lodge, Ranger's Lodge, Windsor Lodge and Great Lodge.
Windsor lies on National Cycle Route 4 (London – St David's). The main access roads serving the town have adjacent cycle paths or nearby alternative traffic-free cycle routes.
Relax and be inspired by the seasonal interest in beautiful gardens such as the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park and the National Trust's gardens at Cliveden, near Maidenhead.
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Windsor (/ˈwɪnzər/) is a historic market town and unparished area in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family.
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As a result of the castle, Windsor is a popular tourist destination and has facilities usually found in larger towns: two railway stations, a theatre and several substantial hotels. Various boat trips operate on the River Thames, with connections to Maidenhead and Staines-upon-Thames. In winter, Alexandra Gardens hosts a temporary ice rink.
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Windsor is accessible from Junction 6 of the M4 and from Slough via a 3 mile long dual carriageway. Bus services in the town are mostly provided by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, although a park-and-ride service and one local route are operated by Courtney Coaches.
Windsor is linked to the town of Eton (on the opposite bank of the River Thames) by Windsor Bridge. Originally a fully trafficked road bridge, Windsor Bridge is now for pedestrians and cyclists only. To the south of the town lies Windsor Great Park and the towns of Old Windsor, Egham and Virginia Water.
Windsor has frequent bus services to/from London Heathrow Airport, Victoria Coach Station in central London and Legoland Windsor Resort.
Windsor Castle was the westernmost sighting-point for the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790), which measured the precise distance between the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Paris Observatory by trigonometry. Windsor was used because of its relative proximity to the base-line of the survey at Hounslow Heath.
Windsor's senior football team is Windsor F.C. The team currently play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division and their home is Stag Meadow, granted to the original club by King George VI in 1911. The ground, in Windsor Great Park, is one of the most iconic football locations in the UK. The club's president is the famous BBC commentator Barry Davies.
Royal Windsor Rollergirls, were one of the first roller derby leagues to be founded in the UK in 2007, they regularly hold games at Windsor Leisure Centre.
A number of fine houses were built in this period, including Hadleigh House on Sheet Street, which was built in 1793 by the then Mayor of Windsor, William Thomas. In 1811 it was the home of John O'Reilly, the apothecary-surgeon to George III.
The current Member of Parliament for the Windsor constituency (which includes surrounding small towns and villages, such as Eton and Datchet) is Adam Afriyie (Conservative), who was elected at the 2005 General Election. Afriyie is notable for being the first black Conservative in the House of Commons.
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Pupils aged 13 – 18 are provided for at the town's two single-sex secondary schools:
Throughout August and September, enjoy a guided tour to the top of the world-famous Round Tower at Windsor Castle. ... Read more about Conquer the Tower Tour 2016
Windsor is part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead which is administered by an elected unitary authority. The mayor is Cllr Sayonara Luxton (Conservative).
State schooling is provided by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead through a system of three-tier schools. The town is served by 11 first schools for children aged up to 9 years old. From here, they attend one of 4 middle schools until the age of 13:
Parts of Charlie Higson's horror novel, The Enemy #6: The Hunted (2014) are set at Legoland, Windsor, which Ella and Face-Ache first enter at the end of chapter 6. In chapter 7, Ella compares and contrasts her experiences there before and after the apocalypse, and given the current state of the park and the danger posed by the infected "parents" there, she calls the establishment "Zombieland".
In addition, several independent schools operate in the town, including:
View a video of Windsor in the UK including Windsor Castle, the Shopping area, the River Thames, parks and open spaces and some of the touristy things to see in Windsor including the changing of the guard.
The early history of the site is unknown, although it was almost certainly settled some years before 1070 when William the Conqueror had a timber motte and bailey castle constructed. The focus of royal interest at that time was not the castle, however, but a small riverside settlement about 3 miles (5 km) downstream, possibly established from the 7th century.
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The parish church of All Saints' is situated on Frances Road. The incumbent vicar is the Revd Ainsley Swift. The author Thomas Hardy trained as an architect and joined Arthur Blomfield's practice as assistant architect in April 1862. Between 1862 and 1864 he worked with Blomfield on All Saints'. A reredos, possibly designed by Hardy, was discovered behind panelling at All Saints' in August 2016.
Royal Collection Trust has announced a £37-million investment at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to fund a series of projects that will transform the experience of visitors. ... Read more about Major investment at the royal Palaces announced
Book accommodation safely and securely online - accommodation displaying the green 'book now button' offers you guaranteed availability - or contact the Royal Windsor Information Centre for advice on great local places to stay, car parking and a range of maps and guides.
As well as HM Queen Elizabeth II and other British Royal Family members, Windsor has many other notable residents both former and current.
Crowned by stunning Windsor Castle - the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen's favourite weekend home - and linked by the beautiful River Thames, the Royal Borough has a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun making it one of South East England’s loveliest short break destinations and a 'must see' for everyone's list.
So, whether you fancy a romantic short break, a getaway with a group of friends or a family holiday you will be sure to find something to suit.
Windsor is special - it has bags of charm and character and this short 90 second video commissioned by Accommodation Windsor Ltd - shows it in all it's glory!