There is no summer quite like a British summer, and with the promise of sunny days and hazy evenings just around the corner there is no more perfect time to consider a day trip in the warmer weather. There are many attractions near heathrow that cater so beautifully for both the old and the young, however Windsor Castle in Surrey seems to do just that. This grand, impressive stately home is the official and favorite residence to Her Majesty The Queen, and has been inhabited by Monarchs throughout the generations.
As the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle is extremely popular with royalists and history lovers who can marvel at the extraordinary architecture and sumptuous paintings and furnishings whilst walking the same paths as hundreds of Kings and Queens before them. The Castle itself covers approximately 13 acres of land and when open for public viewing, boasts a treasure trove of historic Royal Collection artifacts within its magnificent State Apartments. During winter an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are made accessible on the public visitor route until Sunday 30 March 2014.
Each year, the Castle puts on comprehensive tours for its guests including The Drawings Gallery displays exhibition, The Military Knights Tale tour, a guided tour for culinary enthusiasts of the Great Kitchen and even private evening tours for an exclusive VIP experience on the other side of the ropes that finished with a glass of champagne.
Thanks to its close proximity to the city centre, Windsor is incredibly easy to get to by car or rail, and indeed this convenient location enables visitors to make a weekend of their trip and visit other parts of the city during their stay.