Everyone has their own idea of which iconic UK spots would be their favourites for a visit or a holiday, or maybe the places that they would recommend to a visitor to these shores. Choices are often driven by whether we want to be beside the sea, or prefer cities to the countryside. There are, however, some regions or places that tend to crop up time and again on lists of the top five destinations, including Cornwall, for its glorious golden sand beaches and romantic history; the Highlands for some of the most dramatic landscapes to be found in the UK; and, of course, London, for all the excitement and variety of attractions that a capital city can offer.
One of the most-visited towns in the country is Windsor, which shares an important sense of history with its metropolitan neighbour. Also built on the banks of the River Thames, it has immediate attractions for the visitor, not least the historic castle that towers over the town. Windsor can not only provide fascinating sites to visit in the town, but also offers a gateway to nearby places of interest such as Eton College, and, for a great day’s outing and family entertainment, Legoland. As a popular tourist destination there is a good choice of accommodation; if you are looking for hotels in Windsor, Millennium Hotels have a strikingly modern and luxurious hotel – the Copthorne – ideally situated for visiting the historic centre of Windsor, and Windsor Great Park.
Places not to miss during your visit:
Windsor Castle. It’s rumoured to be the Queen’s favourite home, and has been a royal residence since the time of William the Conqueror. A tour will include the magnificent State Apartments, art treasures from the Royal Collection, and St George’s Chapel, where many previous monarchs are buried. Take time to explore Windsor Great Park, beyond the confines of the castle.
The Savill Garden. One of the greatest ornamental gardens in the country, the Savill Garden offers the visitor a series of different but interlocking gardens to wander through, some based on classical designs, and some contemporary, and ranging from woodland themes to azalea walks. The latest attraction is the rose garden, opened in 2010.
Legoland. After the peaceful idylls of garden and park, you might well feel like a bit more excitement, and Legoland will certainly offer you that! The kids will love the Vikings River Splash, the Pirate Training Camp, and the Laser Raiders – there is any number of activities to keep them entertained all day long.
This post has been contributed by Rosalba Pastran.