15 free things to do in Windsor, Berkshire

Updated: Feb 12

We visit Windsor regularly, the town is steeped in history, is home to the Queen and offers some great events, places to eat, an awesome toy shop at Daniel Department Store and awesome sites to see. Whilst exploring the town over the years I’ve discovered there is loads you can do for free in the town.

1) Changing of the Guard this a formal ceremony that takes place at Windsor Castle on set days throughout the week. In warmer months this happens more regularly. You can see the soldiers marching from the barracks up to Windsor Castle with a marching band and it’s wonderful to see. To plan your visit to see the Changing of The Guard click here for all the information you need to know.

Changing of the Guard, Windsor

2) Feeding the Swans. If you head down to the River Thames you should find plenty of swans (ducks and geese), they always seem very pleased if you come with bread and bird friendly foods.

Swans at Windsor

3) Have a picnic in Alexandra Gardens.

4) Next to Alexandra Gardens you will find the Hawker Hurricane, great for children to find, especially if they love planes.

5) Take a walk along the River Thames, watching the boats and wildlife.

6) Have a go on the The Royal Windsor Maze at Goswells Park.

7) Visit the play area in the Home Park or at Bachelors Acre.

Home Park Play Area

8) Take a walk on The Long Walk.

9) Follow the Queen’s Walkway and Eton Walkway trails.

10) Find the Crooked House near the castle.

The Crooked House, Windsor

11) Visit the Windsor Farmers’ Market which takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

12) Visit the shortest street in England - Queen Charlotte Street, it’s just under 52 feet long.

13) Find the blue post box in Windsor (you can’t send post in it!) Historically the post boxes were used for airmail.

Blue Airforce Mail Box

14) Visit Eton’s three museums set in the grounds of Eton College. The museums include; The Natural History Museum, the Museum of Antiquities and the Museum of Eton Life. Entry is free of charge and open to the public on Sunday afternoons, 2.30pm-5pm.

15) Watch Swan Upping which take place during the third week in July. Keep an eye on the official Swan Upping page to see what date and approximate time the Swan Uppers will be in Windsor.

Why not also check out Berkshire Mummies list of 20 free or low cost ideas of things to do in the holidays.

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