What to Do in Windsor and Eton, Berkshire

There's more to Windsor than it's bunting-clad walkways and rather royal neighbours. Scoot along to the neighbouring Bray for a bucolic walk between timbered cottages, stroll through the historic town centre to stop quirky local architecture or give in to temptation and head towards the castle on the famous three mile walk.

The Long Walk, Windsor


Walk The Long Walk

Anyone who’s Googled pictures of Windsor will have come across a shot of the Long Walk and the towering Copper Horse statue that marks its start. Commissioned by King George IV to commemorate his father, George III, it signifies the start of the 4km straight road that leads walkers to the entrance of Windsor Castle. The tree-lined avenue is a popular trail to enjoy on foot or by bike, with the grass that runs along either side being ideal for a picnic pit stop with a view.


Bishops Gate, The Crown Estate Windsor Great Park, TW20 0XY

Windsor's famous Crooked House


Take a picture of the Crooked House

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: the black-and-white building next to the Guildhall really is wonky, and has been for centuries. Home to a range of businesses over the years, from tea rooms to jewellers, it’s now empty, but it’s such a talked-about part of Windsor’s architecture that it remains – and might always remain – patiently waiting for its next inhabitant. In the meantime, it’s ready and characteristically slouchy in preparation for its next photo op.


51 High St, SL4 1LR

Bray, Berkshire


Lunch in Bray

Heston Blumenthal’s three-starred The Fat Duck, his (somewhat) more affordable The Hind’s Head gastropub and the Roux brothers’ equally twinkly The Waterside Inn are all located in this sleepy, chocolate-box hamlet, a 12-minute drive from Windsor. We’d recommend lacing up your boots for a countryside walk between the timbered cottages of the riverside parish to work up an appetite, before venturing to your pick of the acclaimed establishments – reservations essential.


Various locations, Bray