Welcome to The Thames Valley


It’s Windsor Castle, favoured residence of the Queen, that really draws the crowds here, but Ascot, with its royal race-meet in June, and Henley-on-Thames, with its rowing regatta a month later, both boast their days in the sun. Meanwhile, bizarrely, little Bray has a genuine claim to be the country’s gastronomic capital.


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Windsor Castle to Hampton Court Palace Shuttle

Leaving Windsor Castle (visit at own expense), the medieval castle favored by reining monarchs since the 11th century you will take the short and direct Shuttle ride to Hampton Court Palace. Your journey follows the River Thames where passengers will see several notable sites.Soon after leaving Windsor you will be driven through Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215. This riverside meadow is recognized as one of the most important events in English history as it marked the road to individual freedom, parliamentary democracy and to the supremacy of law. Today the Magna Carta is commemorated by a monument donated by the American Bar Association. Alongside the Magna Carta monument stands the John F Kennedy memorial opened by the Queen in 1965.Approaching Hampton Court Palace you pass several Victorian reservoirs constructed to supply water to London and its surrounding suburbs, as well as passing the riverside home of David Garrick an 18th Century actor, playwright and theatrical producer. You also observe the Temple which he constructed to commemorate the genius of William Shakespeare. Finally you pass the former home of Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who is famously associated with the design of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.The Shuttle arrives immediately outside the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace approximately 30 minutes after leaving Windsor Castle. Visit to Hampton Court Palace at own expense. Hampton Court Palace has much to offer visitors; discover the magnificence of Henry VIII's favorite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry's State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose yourself in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth.East Molesey which is just a short walk over Hampton Court bridge on your way to the railway station which has an abundance of shops, restaurants and pubs which visitors may wish to visit before returning to their final destination later in the day at their own pace. Return to London by train from Hampton Court Station which is only a short walk across the bridge.

$11.94 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Scenic Thames Riverboat Return Journey from Windsor

Sit back and relax as we bring the sights to you. We provide an extensive interesting commentary on all the sights as well as local history, wildlife and legend along with a printed leaflet. The boat has full bar facilities and drinks or snacks are served to your seat - so you won’t miss a thing.As you depart from Windsor Promenade, underneath the shadow of Windsor Castle, you immediately see the Eton College along with the extensive college buildings, including Eton College Chapel. You may even see “wet bobs” – Eton schoolboys who take up rowing on the Thames. Further along we pass the memorial to Sir Sydney Camm in the form of full size Hawker Hurricane. Passing Brocas Meadows and underneath Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Bow String Bridge we next pass the former sight of the infamous “Ricky Tick” Club where new bands such as the Rolling Stones and the Who first played as well as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder. Next past White Lilies Island which gave name to the album created by a former resident – Natalie Imbruglia. White Lilies Island has some impressive mansions with connections to the rich and famous. As we round the sharpest bend on the river, we pass Royal Windsor Racecourse with its famous Monday night schedule of horse racing. It is the only racecourse in the UK to be located on its own island. The boat cruises past “Athens” where Eton schoolboys used to swim in days of old. There is lots of wildlife to see along the way including kingfishers and herons all of which enjoy the tranquil conditions between Athens and the turn around point of Boveney Lock and Weir. Boveney is the 8th Lock of the Thames upstream of London and you are likely to see boats negotiating the lock as they are raised to the upper level of the Thames beyond, a height of about 4 feet.As you will arrive back at Windsor 40 minutes after departure you are afforded a totally breathtaking and imposing view of Windsor on front of you so be sure to have your camera ready.

$27.86 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Windsor Duck Tour: Bus and Boat Ride

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandYou will see breathtaking views of Windsor Castle by river & road with spectacular photo opportunities. Stop At: Thames River, London, EnglandSplashdown into the River Thames in Windsor. There is a wealth of fascinating information to be learned while cruising down the Thames.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandWe will pass through parts of the Windsor Great Park. Taking in views of Windsor Castle and beyond! Pass By: Theatre Royal Windsor, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandWe begin & end our tour in the heart of Windsor outside The Theatre Royal Windsor.

$33.17 Day Trips & Excursions

Windsor and Thames Valley Bike Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dorney Court, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandIntroduction to the Tudor manor and a stop at the kitchen gardens (consumptions not included)Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Thames River, London, EnglandEnjoy a ride along the Thames, into the Thames valley Stop At: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandAmazing view of the castle. Learn a brief history. Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Eton College, Eton, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, EnglandHistory of the schoolDuration: 10 minutes

$65.02 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sunday Lunch Cruise from Windsor

Board the Melody vessel at 11:30am from Thames Side, Windsor, and prepare for your 11:45am departure. Cruising through one of the most picturesque part of the Thames, you will pass by Windsor Castle, Eton College, Windsor Racecourse, not to mention the green and serene river sides, the charming wooden bridges and the majestic Weeping Willows overlooking the swans and birds that animate the scenic countryside.The Sunday lunch menu is prepared by award-winning chefs and cooked onboard the vessel using the freshest ingredients. Menus change regularly with the season and use the best of British ingredients and get inspiration from around the world. The cruise does accommodate for dietary requirements if notified in advance.Sample Menu - Adult Starter: Oxfordshire asparagus velouté, parmesan, tempura asparagusMain Course:  Roasted free range chicken, roasted potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, spring greens, sprouting broccoli, glazed carrots, sage jus Dessert : Eton mess slice, fresh summer berries

$63.69 Food, Wine & Nightlife

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Admission Ticket with Meal Deal

Whether you are earning your very first driving licence behind the wheel of a LEGO® car at the LEGO® City Driving School, helping the LEGO® City Coastguard HQ in your own LEGO® boat, riding a fearsome Dragon through a medieval castle or discovering the lost metropolis of Atlantis in a Submarine – The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort has something for everyone! Haunted House Monster PartyIn Spring 2019, Lord Vampyre invites you, and all the little monsters to The Haunted House Monster Party for the most spook-tacular ride EVER! Fun for the whole family, he is going to turn the house upside down!Your price includes theme park admission and Burger Kitchen Meal Deal, with the following choices:Adults: Burger, Fries and a soft drink (excluding XL Burger Meal)Children: Burger or Tenders, Fries, Capri sun, fruit bag and a pop badge The Burger Kitchen is located in the Pirate Shores and Adventureland areas of the Theme Park.

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