Rather uniquely, Windsor has two train stations, both based in the town centre and both on different lines should one have delays or you require access to a different part of London. Windsor and Eton Central involves one change at nearby Slough station going into London Paddington, but even with this change, the fastest journey times are still 30 mins. Windsor & Eton Riverside is a direct service into London Waterloo, with the potential to transfer at Clapham Junction if required and takes one hour. Access to the M4 is very quick thanks to the A332 or Windsor Bypass and Heathrow Airport is less than 20 minutes by car.
As well as probably the most famous school in the world on its doorstep in Eton College, there is a good variety of both independent and state provisions in and close to Windsor. These include, two co-educational, prep schools, Upton House and St. George’s as well as Trevelyan Middle School and two secondary schools, The Windsor Boy’s and Girl’s School. There is even Queensmead House School for children with a special educational need.
Windsor is notorious for having one of the highest shopping footfalls in the country and as such, there is an abundance of retailers, both mainstream and independents, such as Marks and Spencer, The White Company and Daniels, as well as numerous coffee shops and restaurants. The main shopping district centres on a wide pedestrianised section which is perfect when out as a family called “Peascod Street”, pronounced “Pest_cod”. A larger food shop can be achieved at Waitrose or M&S in the town centre or there is a Tesco superstore with plenty of parking to the West of the town centre on Dedworth Road.
Windsor has pretty much everything you might need with a leisure centre that includes a swimming pool, sports hall and outdoor astro-pitches. On the outskirts of the town towards Winkfield is the popular theme park, Legoland. There is boat hire and boat trips along the Thames, the Theatre Royal where a number of touring productions first start, endless routes to walk, run and cycle within Windsor Great Park, the Castle itself where you can normally witness the Changing of The Guard, Windsor racecourse, a popular Rugby and Tennis club and the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show. Although there is no Accident & Emergency department, Windsor does have its own hospital as well as the private BMI The Princess Margaret.