As I mentioned a few weeks ago we took F to Legoland. Since it was the best part of a 4 hour drive for us, we travelled down the day before our day in Legoland. We stayed overnight in Windsor central travelodge which has a fantastic central location, minutes from the shops and castle (we even had a castle view from our room which F loved). We arrived early afternoon and had a lovely time. After parking the car we headed straight out to explore Windsor and soon found Windsor castle.
We had planned to then take a walk in Windsor great park and let F run around a bit but we took a wrong turn and ended up on the wrong side of the castle. It turns out that we had made the best decision anyway and accidentally found a fantastic play park (called home park). After been stuck in the car for 4 hours F was in her element running around this playground.
Once we were ready to go and explore a little further, we crossed over the bridge into Eton where we browsed the high street and saw Eton college.
The weather was amazing and a lot warmer than we had in the days before or after our trip. After exploring Eton we decided ice creams would be a nice idea. We headed back across the bridge over the Thames to Windsor and had ice creams in Alexander gardens. There was a simple path maze there which F enjoyed running round and a beautiful fountain. After that there was just enough time to explore the shops in Windsor and check in to the travelodge before having a delicious meal sat outside Carluccio’s in the Windsor rail train station. I love Carluccio’s for food and find them to be great with kids. F loves pasta which is so helpful when we are eating out. They also provide children with a lovely activity/colouring book (Italian food inspired) and some colouring pencils which is always a bonus for keeping kids entertained. Their kids meals are advertised at £6.60 for three courses but both times we have been we have not been charged on the final bill for F’s meal. We then headed back to get F an early night before our day in Legoland.
Our top tips for visiting Windsor with under 5’s
- Windsor central Travelodge is very central. It’s close to the shops, the castle and lots of places to eat.
- There is a Waitrose below the travelodge. Perfect for buying a picnic for eating in Windsor or taking with you on a day trip to Legoland
- There are lots of family friendly restaurants around for eating out.
- Windsor castle, great park, Eton, Alexander gardens and Home park playground are all within a very short walking distance. Although a buggy would be needed for toddlers.
- Home park playground has lots of fun play equipment for children of all ages.
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