Windsor with kids

What to do in Windsor with kids? Windsor is a town west of London. So ideal to combine with a city trip to London with the family. The town of Windsor is best known for Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British royal family. But you will also find, for example, Legoland Windsor. So Windsor with kids is definitely recommended for a few days! In this blog, we list the best children’s activities in Windsor.

Best travel time Windsor with kids

The best travel time to visit WIndsor with kids is from mid-May to mid-September. The temperature is highest then and you have the best chance of sunshine. In the other months it is a lot colder and you are also more likely to have rain. We visited London and Windsor with our kids during the May vacations.

Although there was occasional rain, the average temperature in May is around 18 degrees, making it fine for a city break. You know you travel to the United Kingdom and you always have to be a little lucky with the weather. Keep in mind, of course, that July and August are the busiest months in terms of tourists in Windsor. Then the prices of hotel stays may also start to rise.

Windsor with kids

Transportation to and in Windsor

From London there is a good train service to Windsor. There is a direct train from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside. We ourselves took the Elizabeth Line from Paddington Station via Slough to Windsor & Eton Central. If you don’t want to stay overnight in Windsor, you can book several day trips from London to Windsor Castle (sometimes combined with Stonehenge and/or Bath/Oxford).

Another option is to visit Windsor by rental car. Especially if you are going to tour the United Kingdom, this can be a good option. You can rent a car at the London airport through Sunny Cars. This rental company has an all in price, where most insurance and often the deductible are included in the price. For more information about a rental car in London through Sunny Cars, take a look here.

Windsor with kids

Children’s Activities Windsor

#1 Windsor Castle

You can visit a castle in Windsor with kids. Built in 1070, Windsor Castle is the largest still-inhabited castle in the world. It is Windsor’s most famous landmark. Admire Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, the largest dollhouse in the world, and St. Mary’s. George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married and where Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest.

Also on display is the castle’s 950-year history. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am is the changing of the guard. Fun to watch with kids! You can also see the castle from the inside. If you buy a ticket, you get an audio guide with it, which gives you even more information about the castle.

If you want to take a good look at everything, it will take you 2-3 hours. So count a morning or an afternoon to take a good look at this castle with the kids.

Children under the age of 4 may enter the castle for free and kids under 17 pay a reduced rate for the castle. If you come by car, keep in mind that there is no parking at the castle and you will have to park your car quite a distance away. There may be a long line at the box office to buy a ticket. You can buy tickets to the castle in advance online here.

Windsor with kids

#2 Legoland Windsor

Our kids’ most favorite outing this vacation was Legoland! Legoland Windsor opened its doors in 1996 as the2nd Legoland park and the park is less than a 10-minute drive from downtown .You can easily get here by bus or cab. The park is ideal for children and has several attractions for kids of all ages.

Learn to drive a Lego car, search for pirate gold or test your ninja skills in the interactive 4D attraction NINJAGO the Ride. Miniland features London in miniature with moving cars, sailing boats and a changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Even Amsterdam has been recreated here from Lego! You can easily spend an entire day here entertaining the kids.

Windsor with kids

If it is a hot day that you visit Legoland Windsor, it is also possible to cool off in the water playground Drench Towers or at Splash Safari. So on a hot day, bring swimwear for the kids in the bag. Of course, it is also possible for kids to play with Lego themselves.

In addition to the various attractions, you can also watch various shows here. In short, there is plenty to do here for kids! Tip: On Legoland’s website we bought an Online Saver Ticket in advance which is a lot cheaper than buying a ticket on the spot at the box office. You can park your car at the Legoland Windsor.

Windsor with kids

#3 Hop on Hop off Bus

A fun way to explore Windsor with kids is a ride on the hop on hop off bus. This is a bus that runs through the city and stops at the various sights of the city. You can get off whenever you want and when the feet are tired then get back on the bus! The bus makes 11 stops along the way and also runs to Eton and Eton college.

The bus can also be booked in conjunction with a 40-minute boat ride, which passes Eton College, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse and Brocas Meadows. It can be a quick way to see much of Windsor with kids.

You can also explore the city of Windsor by bike with kids. For example, you have the rental company Windsor Cycle Hire located near the River Thames where you can rent both adult and kid’s bikes. Of course when the weather is good, this is an ideal way to explore a city with the family.

Windsor with the family

#4 Bekonscot Model Village & Railway

A 30-minute drive north of Windsor by car is Bekonscot Model Village & Railway. Bekonscot Model Village & Railway is the world’s oldest and original model village and was first opened in 1929. With more than 90 years of history, a huge model railroad, 1.5 acres of gardens and model buildings, Bekonscot is a fun day out for everyone.

Children's Activities Windsor

It is a bit like Madurodam in the Netherlands. Besides all the things to see about buildings and gardens, there is also a small playground for the kids and you can ride on a small train. For kids, of course, super fun!

You also have a restaurant here where you can grab a bite to eat. They have a total of 50 free parking spaces located at the park, so on busy days make sure you get here on time. For more information on tickets, opening hours and what you can see here, take a look at the Bekonscot Model Village website.

Children's Activities Windsor

#5 Hiking

We love hiking, so we took a walk in the Windsor area with the kids. From Windsor & Eton Central, we took the train to Slough and through the center walked through Upton Court Park. There is a nice playground for the kids here where we made our first stop. Along the way, the kids also spotted a lot of planes, flying fairly low over here on their way to Heathrow.

As we exit the park, we can already see Windsor Castle in the distance. What a beautiful sight! Via the Myrke, we eventually arrive in Eton and walk along the waterfront and past Eton college. During the summer months, Eton College is open on Friday afternoons for tours. Over the little bridge we walk back into Windsor. A walk of about 5 kilometers and fine to do with kids.

Family-friendly restaurant Windsor

You can also eat out in Windsor with kids just fine. You have several family-friendly restaurants where you can go with the family. There are many different restaurants around the Windsor Castle where you can go, and there are also quite a few restaurants with international cuisine. Especially many Indian restaurants can be found in Windsor.

It kind of depends on what you guys like. It’s fine to look on Tripadvisor and then search for a restaurant. Just make sure you look up Windsor in the United Kingdom and not in Australia (you have a place called Windsor there too ;)).

You can then search exactly on which cuisine you like best and then you can see right away how the restaurant is rated. This way you can often find very nice restaurants with very tasty dishes.

Family-friendly restaurant Windsor

Family-friendly hotel Windsor

You can stay in Windsor with kids just fine Though you should keep in mind that overnight prices are not too low. We have listed well-reviewed accommodations for different price ranges. Click on the blue link for more information.

Budget accommodation: Windsorian Experience

Mid-range accommodation: Delta Hotels by Marriott Heathrow Windsor

Luxury Accommodation: Fairmont Windsor Park

Don’t find a suitable accommodation in Windsor among the above 3 options? Then check out the entire list of family-friendly accommodations in Windsor.

About the author: Sanne, Dimitri, Melle (7) and Vigo (5) visited Windsor in combination with London during the May vacation. You can follow this family on their Instagram page Sanne_travel.

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