Windsor: Castles, Cruises and Carriages


Windsor Castle is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from the USA and is just a short distance from London. Here is your essential guide.

Windsor is home to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, where Her Majesty The Queen spends most of her private weekends. Immerse yourself in the living history of this historic town with over 1,000 years of royal tales and secrets. Explore Windsor on foot, by carriage and by boat to truly experience everything this beautiful riverside location has to offer.

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Visiting Overview

✈️Nearest Airport:

London Heathrow

🛣️Car journey time from London:

1hr - 25 miles / 40 km

🛏️Recommended accommodation:

Cliveden House

Coworth Park

Heckfield Place

Other nearby destinations:

Chilterns AONB

Henley-on-Thames

Ascot

View our suggested itinerary:

The 3 Days of History and Culture Experience

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Windsor Castle

Humphreys of Henley offers you one of the most memorable ways of experiencing the beautiful and historic destination of the Royal Borough of Windsor, with a private tour of the State Apartments at Windsor Castle with an expert guide. Your tour will take you on a journey through 1,000 years of royal history; discover how William the Conqueror's wooden castle was rebuilt by Edward III as a stone fortress with magnificent apartments, how Charles II set out to rival his cousin's, Louis XIV, Versailles, while George IV gilled the rooms with outstanding works of art and gave the Castle its famous skyline.

Your guide will meet you and will bring the Castle alive as they share the stories and the history of the Queen's favourite residence. We will be delighted to reserve a table for lunch or afternoon tea in one of the lovely restaurants in the town, if you would like to enjoy lunch in Windsor after your tour.

 

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Windsor Carriages: a great park experience

Experience the peace and tranquillity of Windsor Great Park on one of our bespoke carriage tours. Windsor Great Park is one of the most stunning areas of parkland with ancient oak forests and wide-open deer parks, under the distant gaze of the beautiful Windsor Castle. Each tour is tailored to your interests in the Park and Windsor history; you can choose from a magical 6 mile journey down the Royal Procession, or travel a little further and spend two hours immersing yourself in the estate life, both past and present.

Enjoy spectacular views of the beautiful English castle and The Copper Horse as you journey down The Long Walk, following in the footsteps of the royal family as you learn more about Her Majesty The Queen’s childhood home at Windsor.

 

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Windsor Cruise

As an alternative to lunch in a restaurant, you can choose to take a jaunt down the River Thames on a luxury river launch while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea or sit down lunch on board.

Relax with our favourite skipper, an expert on the beautiful river reach in Windsor, who will share all of the stories and secrets from the perspective of the river.

 

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Full Day Experience

If you chose a full day, start off your experience with the ultimate royal entrance to Windsor in a magical, horse-drawn carriage ride through  Windsor Great Park down the Royal Procession, passing by historic sites such as The Royal Dairy, Frogmore House and The Royal Mausoleum.

Your private carriage will take you to the edge of the park where you will disembark and meet your guide who will escort you to the entrance of the majestic  Windsor Castle. Discover the tales, secrets and stories held by the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world - feel the history come alive around you.

After your castle tour, relax on a luxury river launch while sipping away on the bubbly and enjoying decadent cuisine as our favourite skipper shares all the stories from the water running through Windsor. Following your boat cruise, we can organise chauffeured transport or a unique classic car experience, which can take you onto a second destination, such as Henley-on-Thames.

Steer a classic car through the rolling hills of the Chilterns to arrive at our gorgeous hometown, Henley-on-Thames. A visit to Henley would not be complete without partaking in the experience that the town is renowned for all over the world - rowing. Meet your personal coach at the rowing club and begin on a static rowing machine to familiarise yourself with parts of the stroke and the vocabulary used. Finish off a truly fantastic day by heading out onto the river, rowing in double with your coach to confidently transfer your new skills to the water. Your personal chauffeur will then meet you to drive you back to your hotel or home. 

 

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Testimonials before

A job well done! I hope this message brings a smile to your face in knowing your efforts and care had an amazing impact on making lasting memories of our English experience in the country.

A Kleber

We had a truly amazing experience! Every detail was attended to and the whole adventure was complete perfection. Much thanks to you for dealing with all of our schedule changes and moving parts.

C Beck

Thank you so much for organising such a splendid and successful day on Friday last, we and all our guests so much enjoyed the day and experience.

D Marcuse

I would recommend you to anyone, your service cannot be faulted

Ian Clout

Everything was splendid. We very much appreciate your fast action in setting up the day. Could not have enjoyed ourselves more thanks to you.

J Cunningham

We are back in the US, and yes, we had a FABULOUS time! All of our drivers and guides were friendly and prompt. Our guides were very knowledgeable, very personable, and just terrific (we especially enjoyed our Windsor guide). Even our two teenagers didn’t get bored! I think we picked all of the right sites to see, and for the right lengths of time. We had perfect weather every day as well. All in all, everything was wonderful, and we appreciate all of your help in designing the tours and time frames. Overall, the dining was fabulous as well. So again, thank you for all of your help…I think it was our favourite family trip that we’ve taken, and we made some fabulous memories!

P Santucci

The Windsor Castle experience was an unforgettable one for my daughter and I. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with the extremely knowledgable Amanda who seemed to know every intricate detail about the castle. Seemingly tailored specifically to ourselves, the tour was enlightening and very professional. Humphrey’s ensured every aspect of our trip was well organised. Wouldn’t hesitate to use for further trips in the area.

V Piasecki