Windsor abounds with beautiful green spaces and outdoor activities, from the magnificent grounds of the famous castle, to winding walks beside the River Thames. One of the UK’s most popular theme parks, Chessington World of Adventures is also just a 40 minute drive away – well worth a visit if you want to explore outside of the city.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in Windsor.
1. Windsor Castle
Number one on our list has to be the almighty Windsor Castle – home of our monarch, and the largest occupied castle in the world. Steeped in regal history, this amazing building could take all day to explore, including the beautiful grounds (Windsor State Park) which stretch for nearly 5,000 acres. The kids will love to see the changing of the guard ceremony, which happens at 11am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
BabyBreaks Tip: There is a lot of walking involved in this activity, so make sure to plan in rest stops at the cafe or in the park, if you have little ones. Pushchairs can be used around the Castle grounds, but need to be checked in near the entrance to the State Apartments. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 4 / 5pm (winter / summer)
Not just for Lego lovers, this themepark has more than 55 rides, shows and attractions for children to discover. Suited to children between 3 and 12, they can see London in miniature at Miniland, ride down the rapids in a viking boat, get their driving license at the Driving School and conquer the dragon at Knights Kingdom.
You can even spend the night at the Legoland Hotel in themed bedrooms, if you want to make a weekend of it. There are often good discounts available for “stay and play” guests, so make sure you check the website for the latest offers.
Address: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
3. Thames River Cruise
See the royal city of Windsor from a spectacular new angle on a 40 minute boat trip up the River Thames. This short cruise sails upstream to Boveney Lock, returning via Windsor Castle, Eton College, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse and the Brocas Meadows, making for some amazing photo opportunities. The length of the trip makes it popular with families with young children, and boats depart frequently throughout the day so it’s easy to choose a time which suits you. The Home Park is close to where you alight, where you’ll find playground and picnic facilities.
Opening Hours: Daily sailings between 10am and 5pm, every 30 minutes in peak season. Check the website for more details.
4. Alexandra Gardens
A lovely park that’s popular with families and locals, Alexandra Gardens is an oasis of tranquillity in the busy city. There are lots of facilities like a play area and mini golf, as well as plenty of green space and fountains to play in. Why not pick up some local food and have a picnic? The park hosts many events throughout the year such as a summer funfair and winter ice rink.
Opening Hours: 24/7
5. Cliveden House Gardens
This National Trust owned site is a wonderful place to visit in spring or summer, when the ancient woodland and manicured lawns overlooking the River Thames are bathed in sunshine. Cliveden House itself is a luxury hotel, but the glorious grounds are open for all to enjoy – get lost in the maze, spot wildlife on one of the woodland walks and enjoy a spot of lunch in the Orangery Restaurant or Dolls House Cafe.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 4pm /5pm (Winter / Summer)
Visiting Windsor with children is a great idea for a Family City Break. The city features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.
At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Windsor without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Windsor for your next family weekend, just visit our different Windsor pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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