I only spent a day and night in Windsor en route from Bath to London but am so glad I did!

The town, only an hour outside of London, is the epitome of British charm and the people there are lovely.

The small city is super walkable and best known as the site of Windsor Castle, which is an official residence of the British Royal Family and the largest occupied castle in the world. It’s said that the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, spends most of her weekends here and it’s easy to see why.

Because several tour buses come into town on a daily basis to visit the castle it’s definitely worth it to stay the night and experience the city once the horde of people have left for the day.

 

The castle has been the home of the British sovereign for almost 1000 years, since it was built in 1070 AD. Situated on the River Thames, the castle is easily accessible by boat providing a discreet and convenient route from London located 22 miles downstream.

My favorite part of the castle was visiting St. George’s Chapel – they say the chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country.

You walk into this place and the sense of history is overwhelming. These pictures hardly do the chapel justice, but the level of intricacy in every detail of construction from the stonework in the ceilings to the stained glass windows is awe inspiring.

  
  

This is also where the infamous King Henry VIII, arguably the most well known historical British monarch, is buried alongside his sixth wife, Jane Seymour. Seeing as I’m a total nerd for the histories of King Henry, his six wives and their children, I was pretty much on cloud nine after seeing his tombstone in the church floor.

There’s no better way to end a hot British summer day than to head to the pub for an order of fish and chips and authentic English draught cider (pictured below). Upon receiving I learned the Brits take the phrase ‘fish’ and chips quite literally and will serve you an entire fish! Good to know…

Thanks for reading!

xo Carrie