Windsor is based in the County of Berkshire, England UK.  It is located on the River Thames about 20 miles west of London.

marching band in windsor

Home to Windsor Castle, the town is a hugely popular destination for visitors to England.

Where is Windsor close to?

Apart from Windsor Castle, Legoland, Eton and Thorpe Park we are also close to Dorney Lake, the rowing venue for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Also close to Windsor and well worth a visit are London, Ascot, Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Oxford, Beaconsfield and the magnificent National Trust property Cliveden House.

Map of Windsor

Getting to Windsor

By car

Windsor is easily reached from many locations in the UK via the M4 which connects with the M25, M40 and M5.  Leave at J6 of the M4 and the Town Centre, car parks and other Windsor attractions are very well sign-posted.  As you approach Windsor by the M4 you will also see the Castle which acts as a great landmark to make sure you are heading in the right direction.

Plan your journey: getting to Windsor by car.

By rail

Windsor has two stations each of which are well served by the rail network.

Windsor Riverside is reached via London Waterloo station.  Trains run approximately every 30 minutes between these two destinations and the journey time is around 1 hr 15 mins.  When you exist the station you will see the walls of Windsor Castle directly in front of you.  Cross over the road and follow the castle walls round to the right and up the hill to take you to Windsor Town Centre (about a 5 to 10 minute walk).  Or to reach Eton, turn right out of the station follow the path until you reach the traffic lights and turn right again over Eton bridge (about a 5 to 10 minute walk).  This station also has a taxi rank.

Windsor and Eton Central is based in the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre and gives direct access to the heart of Windsor.  This is a shuttle train between Windsor and Slough bringing visitors from London Paddington, Oxford, Wales and the West of England.

Plan your journey:  getting to Windsor by train.

By air

Windsor’s closest airport is Heathrow.  Other airports nearby are LutonStanstead and Gatwick.

Travel from Heathrow to Windsor

You can travel from Heathrow to Windsor by either taxi, train or bus.

Taxi is probably the easiest option (particularly if you have had a long trip and have quite a bit of luggage with you). However, there is a word of warning about taxi prices.  Getting a black cab from Heathrow Airport is an expensive option and you could end up paying around £30 – £50 for a relatively short journey.

A cheaper alternative is to contact a Windsor cab company and either book your taxi in advance (if you know their flight details they’ll make sure they adjust their pick up time if you suffer delays), or to call once you have landed in Heathrow.  They will then arrange pick up time and location with you.  The cost of this journey will be in the region of £20 – £25 and take around 15 to 30 minutes depending on traffic.  This is the option we use more regularly when flying in to Heathrow and find it the most convenient.

Windsor cab companies:

Five Star Cars Tel: 01753 858 888

Windsor Cars  Tel: 01753 677 677

The Heathrow Express train provides a fast and frequent service into London Paddington Station.  From here you can catch a train to Slough and then take the shuttle train to Windsor.  Compared with catching a cab, this journey takes a lot longer and can be more expensive.

Terminal 5 is probably the best served by the bus routes around Windsor.  As the bus timetables and routes change regularly you can find the most up to date information here.

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Where is Windsor’s Twin

Windsor was twinned with Goslar, Lower Saxony, Germany in 1969. Goslar sits slap bang in the middle of Germany and is a town over 1000 years old.  The old town (like our Castle) is a World Heritage Site, whose wealth was derived from the mining of silver and other precious metals.

Like Windsor, the old town is small enough that it is best viewed on foot and offers much to see and do. The Kaiserpfalz (Emperor’s Palace) is the cultural highlight and is actually about 30 years older than Windsor Castle. Being located just a little to the north of the Harz mountain range, it is unsurprising that outdoor activites feature heavily in and around Goslar. Visitors can choose from activities including skiing, hang-gliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, sailing, wind-surfing, white-water-rafting, canoeing, and more besides.