London Side Trips: An Overnight Stay in Windsor

Home of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor is a stunning little village just west of London city. I recently headed out to the quaint town for an overnight getaway from the busy streets of London.
Windsor is one of those magical places, where no matter what your age, background or heritage, you feel an instant sense of comfort. It may be the fact that the buildings and landscape are straight out of a fairy-tale, or that every person you meet has a huge smile. This all makes sense knowing that the British Royal Family call Windsor home, along with the many generations of Monarch before them.

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How to get there?

If you are heading out from London, there are a number of ways to reach the village. The easiest and most convenient is the rail system, but of course it is accessible by bus, car and taxi. Here is an easy way to find your route via train!

Where to stay?

I had the pleasure of staying at the luxurious (and perfectly fitting) Mgallery Castle Hotel Windsor, by Accor Hotels. This hotel was opened in 1525 as ‘The Mermaid Inn’ and is a true gem. Not only are the rooms perfectly sized, the hotel restaurant and bars are run by the Marco Pierre White team!
An added bonus- the breakfast is to DIE for, with everything under the sun.

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The Mgallery Castle Hotel is run by some of the kindest, caring and gentle people you will ever meet. Arriving from somewhere as abrupt as London, it is nice to have that sense of warmth from people so close to home. The grand entrance, with its glass roof and cozy lounge area are an ideal greeting, but the staff by far make it feel like a sanctuary.

Whether it be raining, sun shining or snowing, the Mgallery feels just right… you will struggle to leave and venture outside!

What to do?

The first and foremost item on your agenda should be watching the changing of the guards. Daily from 10.45am-11.30, you can see the guards parade the streets and enter Windsor Castle for their daily schedule.

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Make sure you also have a meal at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant inside the Mgallery Castle Hotel- the prices are very reasonable for such brilliant cuisine, and the street view out over the high street are perfect for people watching.

For shop-a-holics, you will love the Windsor Royal Shopping arcade, as well as the cute boutiques dotted along the main strip. Grab a coffee in one of the many cafes and soak in the eloquent vibes.
A must-see in Windsor is the royal gardens and greenspaces surrounding the town. The Windsor Great Park is by far the most famed, with the lush green lawns and vast hedging leading up to the gates of the Queen’s castle. You will also be able to find some adorable little parks and gardens within the winding streets of the town itself.

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My favourite thing to do in Windsor was just taking any random turn, which can lead you somewhere fabulous! Don’t be afraid to let go, be map free, and explore. You might even stumble across the crooked house of Windsor…

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Add to your weekend escape a day at the Ascot or Windsor racecourses for a further touch of elegance, or even spend a few more days exploring the western region.

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I was a guest with Accor hotels, however all opinions, as always, are my own.

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