Windsor & Runnymede
Starting at your chosen hotel or venue in Central London, this all-day tour takes in two sites of great significance in English history. We’ll leave London heading West, through Knightsbridge, one of the Capital’s most exclusive shopping areas, passing the world-famous Harrods department store on our way.
Our route will also bring you past the 19th Century neo-classical church Brompton Oratory, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, each an impressive landmark in its own right.
Then we leave London behind us, making our way out past Heathrow Airport and onward into the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Soon, you’ll catch a first glimpse of Windsor Castle, on the distant high ground to our left.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, and has been a home to Britain’s Kings and Queens for almost 1,000 years. Is HM Queen Elizabeth II in residence? Look for the Royal Standard atop the Round Tower. If Her Majesty is there, the Standard will be flying. St George’s Chapel, within the Castle walls, is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry in the world, which King Edward III founded at Windsor in 1348. We’ll set you down in the heart of this historic town, in the shadow of the Castle itself.
The amount of time you have in Windsor can be arranged according to the preferences of your group. In planning the day, consider whether you’d like to take the official Castle Tour, or just admire the ancient edifice from the outside. What about some lunch, and a stroll round the Windsor shops to pick up a souvenir? A boat trip on the River Thames? We’ll be delighted to work with you to arrange things just the way you’d like.
But there’s more to consider in those timings, because we’re not finished with the English history yet! We’ll take you a short distance from Windsor to the peaceful riverside setting of Runnymede. It was here, just over 800 years ago, on the 15th of June 1215, that King John placed the Royal Seal on Magna Carta. This Great Charter changed the path of English life, making the King accountable to the law of the land, and guaranteeing all citizens the right to justice and a fair trial.
*Stand at the very point where modern democracy was born, 801 years ago! While you’re there, you may also wish to call on the neighbouring memorials* to the late President John F Kennedy, and the Commonwealth Air Forces. After all this, time to head back for London and the comfort of your hotel.
Tour duration: Approximately 8 hours including stopover time at Windsor and Runnymede, depending on traffic conditions and the location of your selected Start and End points.
*Please note that the memorials are in grassy areas away from the road – some walking will be needed.