Days out with the kids are fun not just for kids but all the family. Last week we visited Windsor Castle as some of you may have seen on our Social Media pages. Fabulous! There is so much to see and do, inside and out.
With magical turrets, amazing towers and beautiful views from the terrace, Windsor is the perfect spot for young imaginations. Young and old alike can picture days of yore with jousting knights jostling for the top position in the royal court. We recommend a trot around the perimeter with the very knowledgeable guides as the best way to learn the castle’s history. By doing this first you learn extra information before entering the castle itself. And don’t worry, questions are encouraged. It is also great exercise! (Comfy shoes are a must).
Make way for the Queen’s Guard! – Event days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11.00am. Marching is always popular with kids – just you see…
Take in St George’s Chapel where the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be getting married on 19th May 2018. Inspiring awe and reverence, this beautiful chapel will amaze you. Take in the elegantly carved wooden oriel window built so that Katherine of Aragon could watch services in the Quire. Look at the Garter Knights flags hanging down See how many you can count. Reminding you of times gone by, Edward III sword is seen in all it’s glory. Over six foot of it! You will also see the beautiful little memorial chapel for George VI, the Queen’s father.
On to the castle itself. Wow! The State Apartments and Semi-State rooms are a wonder in themselves. The artwork and furniture will make your eyes bulge. They are all truly beautiful and have such history and historical tales behind them as you won’t believe. Little children will be agog with wonder. They will not be bored, I promise you! Some rooms are so large you just feel you should perform a ballroom dance – so we did!
Do not miss Queen Mary’s Doll’s House. Beautifully crafted by British architect Edward Lutyens between 1921-24, it recreates life during the 1920s. You can walk around the whole house taking in the realistically presented rooms with no detail too small. I loved looking at the miniature kitchens, let alone the state rooms! The only problem is that kids (and adults) want to play with it – hence the glass wall to protect it from prying hands….The objects were all made by leading designers and craftsmen of the time. Even outside you will see a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, lawnmowers, Rolls Royces and even a nanny with a pram!
We would advise taking a picnic or at least a flask of tea. With all that walking and fresh air you will need it! (Eateries are available outside the castle, but do get a Re-Entry Permit before doing so) The castle will definitely inspire questions and creativity in kids…you have been warned…..
Extra advice – pushchairs are allowed in the grounds, not the State Apartments. For your safety, on arrival there is airport-style security. Photography is allowed in the castle grounds only (no State Rooms) but there are great multi-media guides that you can pick up free of charge near entry. Ever-essential toilets and baby-care facilities are available. Lastly, you can convert your ticket to a 1 year pass on leaving by getting the warden to stamp your ticket and treat your ticket as a donation. We did this and it is well worth the money. (T&C apply)
All in all, an excellent day out for the whole family.