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Day trip to Windsor [Review of Walks Day Tour to Windsor]

One of the most popular day trips from London is a visit to the beautiful town of Windsor. Home to the late Queen Elizabeth II – who resided in the splendid Windsor Castle (the oldest inhabited castle in the world) – Windsor is located a mere 25 miles from central London.

Invited by Walks Tours who recently launched their Windsor in a Day Tour – a Day Trip from London which includes Windsor Castle & a Thames River Cruise we jumped at the chance to take part in this guided tour to learn more about this beautiful and historic town.

Overview of the Windsor in a Day Walks Tour Itinerary – FAQs

What sites, landmarks and attractions do you visit on the day trip to Windsor tour?

On this day trip to Windsor, you have the opportunity to explore the town and its main attractions including Windsor Castle. A boat trip along the Thames is also included.

Sites visited include

  • Windsor Town
  • Windsor Castle
  • State apartments – ceremonial rooms
  • St George’s Chapel
  • Queen Mary’s Dolls House
  • Moat Room
  • French Brothers River Cruise

How long is the tour & does it operate daily?

The tour lasts 8 hours and operates Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but do check for availability and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

What is the maximum number of people that can join the tour?

Walks offer small group tours and the maximum number on the tour is 20. The day I joined the tour there were 9 of us.

What are the advantages of taking the “Windsor in a Day” tour with Walks?

  • Tickets are provided so you don’t have to book these independently

The tour includes pre-reserved tickets to Windsor Castle plus pre-booked tickets for a river cruise

  • The benefit of learning from an expert local guide

Julia was excellent and had such depth and wealth of knowledge to share.

  • No worries about getting to and from Windsor

Transfer to and from Windsor on an air-conditioned bus is included.

1 Day in Windsor Tour with Walks – Photo Diary

Start – Meeting Walks staff member Claudia and our tour guide for the day (Julia) near Victoria Train Station

Day trip to Windsor with Walks.

2. In the minibus on the way to Windsor (our driver for the day was Mark)


3. Arriving at Windsor

Arriving at Windsor

4. Organising our meet-up point for the day (The Ivy Windsor)

The Ivy

5. Guided tour through Windsor to the Long Walk

Learning about the long mile
The Long Walk
The Long Mile
View of the Royal Mile from inside the castle
Crooked House
The Crooked House

6. The Changing of the Guard/Free time

Unfortunately due to preparations for the King’s coronation the Changing of the Guard at Windsor was cancelled only a few minutes before it was due to take place.

These are images taken during a previous visit.

As the guard change was cancelled we had some free time to explore the town and purchase some souvenirs.

Windsor Guard

7. Boat trip along the Thames

Boat trip
Boat trip Thames

8. Lunch stop – free time

After the boat trip it is time for lunch and the group split up at this point with an agreed meet-up time to reconvene.

Julia provided the group with suggestions for eateries in Windsor. I chose to have lunch at the Ivy (how pretty is the decor – event the bathroom is gorgeous)

The Ivy for lunch
The Ivy bathrooms

9. Tour of Windsor Castle

After lunch it is time to explore the castle.

Our guide explained the history of the castle and shared how to tell if the monarch – King Charles III – is in residence. Clue – it’s to do with which flag is flying!

The first stop on the tour is a visit to St George’s Chapel to pay respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II who was laid to rest in the chapel.

Following the visit to the Chapel (no photography is allowed) enjoy a tour of the castle itself (audio guided)

Windsor Castle 11
Learning about the flags
St Georges Chapel 1
Windsor 2
Windsor 1

10. Back to London

Following our tour of Windsor Castle we headed back to the minibus and our transfer back to London.

Is the Windsor in a Day tour worth it?

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Walks. Even though I have visited Windsor and Windsor Castle a number of times I thoroughly enjoyed learning from our expert guide Julia.

I learnt things I didn’t know and also enjoyed the ability to chat with Julia and ask her questions about particular areas of interest (such as where Queen Victoria is buried) was excellent.