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As I mentioned a few weeks ago we took our toddler 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 and stayed in Windsor. I’m going to share some things to do in Windsor with kids as well as where to stay.
Where to stay in Windsor with kids
There are so many options for places to stay in Windsor or in the surrounding area. I can personally recommend two great places to stay with kids. The first is the Legoland Windsor resort hotel which is amazing for kids. You can read more about it in my full review. The only downside is that is quite expensive unless you get a good deal like we did when we visited with a toddler in term time. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option then you can’t go wrong with my second choice. The second is Windsor central Travelodge which has a fantastic central location, is just a few minutes walk from the shops and Windsor castle (we even had a castle view from our room when we stayed) and the rooms are clean, spacious and modern. We had a family room which was perfect for us. Click here to see just how affordable a night at Travelodge Windsor Central is.
Things to do in Windsor with kids
When we visited Windsor, 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 didn’t do a tour but it sounds like a lovely attraction for older children.
After exploring the area around the castle, we had planned to then take a walk in Windsor great park and let our toddler run around a bit but we took a wrong turn and ended up on the other 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 our daughter 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 our 3 year old enjoyed running around 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. Our toddler 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 are always a bonus for keeping kids entertained. Their kid’s 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 the kid’s meal. We then headed back to get an early night before our day in Legoland.
Our top tips for visiting Windsor with kids
- Windsor central Travelodge (affiliate link) is very central. It’s close to the shops, the castle and lots of places to eat. It is the perfect budget accommodation for families.
- There is a Waitrose directly 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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