Located south of the River Thames in Berkshire, lies the town of Windsor. The original village of Windsor, with was just over two miles south of Windsor's current position, predates the current town by 300 years. Little is known about the history of the town prior to the building the castle but it is almost certain that the area was settled many years prior to that. There have been finds that suggest that the Windsor area has been in habited since the Paleolithic times. Windsor is a popular tourist destination, especially since it has deep ties to the royal family.
One of the most popular and well known stops for tourists visiting is of course Windsor Castle. This is one of the official residences of the British Royal Family. Established by King William I it looks nothing like what was originally built. Over the years the Royal Family has added to and altered the appearance of this historic monument. The castle was severely damaged by a fire in 1992, but has been fully restored as of 1997. Queen Elizabeth has been working to restore the castle and it's fabrics to is grandeur.
After seeing the famous castle of Windsor young children will want something fun to do. Families with kids 3 to 12 years of age will enjoy a trip to Legoland Windsor. Here families can enjoy over fifty interactive rides, building workshops, and attractions. With 150 acres of park for the kids to explore they can soar through the skies, sail on the seas and even drive the roads in a completely safe environment. They can even explore the new Kingdom of the Pharaoh's attraction which allows them to explore a lost tomb. Families with younger children can spend a day exploring this fun attraction.
For the nature lover the Savill garden is a great place to go. This 35 acre garden was designed by Sir Eric Savill in 1932. It is part of the Windsor Great Park and considered to be the finest in the northern temperate region of the world. All year round there is an amazing display of color for visitors to enjoy. Visitors can enjoy a new visitor center that has a unique leaf form designed roof and is nearly 100-meters in length. They can also visit the New Zealand Garden and visit the temperate house in the winter to get a taste of spring all year long.
Of course if you are going to be in Windsor you must witness the changing of the guard. You can see the ten minute march up the street for free but to witness the full spectacular change you must be inside the grounds, which is by paid admission only. The ceremony takes around thirty minutes and is a site to behold, especially in good weather when the band accompanies them. It should be noted though, that no matter what traffic comes to a complete halt during the ten minute march up High street.
There is much to see and do in Windsor.
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