Covering 13 acres, Windsor Castle is the official residence of HM The Queen, and the largest occupied castle in the world. Begun as a wooden fort by William the Conqueror, it has been added to by almost every monarch since. A visit takes in the magnificent State Apartments, St George's Chapel, Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the Drawings Gallery, and between October and March, the semi-state rooms created by George IV.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open daily Mar-Oct 9.30-5.30 (last entry 4); Nov-Feb 9.45-16.15 (last entry 3). Closed 25-26 Dec. May be subject to change at short notice (24hr info line: 0303 123 7304 or see website)
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About The area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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