A Walking Tour of Royal Windsor
Royal Windsor, 20 miles west of London, on a curve of the river Thames is dominated by the Palacial castle after which the town is named. However, there is so much more to see and do in town than just free walking tour London the castle grounds. Here is a different tour of Windsor which costs nothing but will reward the visitor with rich vistas and fascinating views.
Let us start in front of the castle, facing the statue of Queen Victoria with the castle behind her. The statue was placed here in 1887 to mark the Queen's golden jubilee. At her funeral in 1901 the coffin was brought by train to Windsor (the station is to your left) and was carried past where you are standing along the high street . They paused briefly in front of the Guildhall so the locals who had crowded the streets could pay their respects. Let us follow the same route and go and see the guildhall ourselves. It is the colonnaded white building on the far side of the road with the statue of Queen Anne. This was built by Sir Christopher Wren and was where Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. Keep walking past the guildhall and church and on your right you will see the high windows of one of England's very first commercial photographic studios. Now on the opposite side of the road you can see two letter boxes. The rare blue box was placed here for airmail only. The world's first Airmail service began in 1911 in England between Windsor and Hendon in North London to celebrate the coronation of George V. Now continue along Park Street's fashionable georgian fronted houses and stop at the two brewers pub. This is one of Windsor's oldest and finest, before continuing through the gates at the end of the street to take a look at the lovely long walk. It is three and a half miles of straight tarmac to the copper horse at the far end, with a deer park taking up one third of the route.
It is indeed very hard to beat walking when you really want to wonderfully explore a city especially a city like London.