How to Plan your Day Trip to Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle (postcode SL4 1QF) is situated in the English county of Berkshire and sits above the river Thames, 22 miles West of the City of London in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Its iconic skyline sits proudly above the market town of Windsor and easily accessible from London and Maidenhead.
The town of Windsor can be reached by train from either Paddington Station or Waterloo Station in London, with the train from Waterloo taking a more southerly and leisurely route than the Paddington service thus making it a slightly longer journey. The train from Paddington terminates at Windsor Central Station but you will need to change trains at Slough for this service. The train from Waterloo terminates at Windsor Riverside Station just a 5 minute uphill walk from Windsor Castle.
Alternatively you can take a Green Line Bus from London Victoria, the number 702 service. This service does NOT go from the station by the railway station but from the Green Line Coach Station which is 5 minutes walk along Buckingham Palace Road. This service continues on to Legoland Windsor. Be aware that the service does not terminate at Windsor but goes on towards Bracknell. There are also frequent buses from Victoria Colonnades to Windsor approximately every 30 minutes It is also possible to take a bus from Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 to Windsor with the 8 and 2 services stopping right outside the Castle itself although not terminating in Windsor.
Of course if you have a car Windsor is easily reached via the M4 motorway and takes approximately 45 minutes depending upon the traffic. Take the exit at Junction 6 and follow the signs to the Long Term Parking at Romney Lock and King Edward VII car parks, this is cheaper than the short term parking in the centre of Windsor, costing around £6 for the day, but a 10 minute walk away. Alternatively use the Park and Ride services to get to the centre of town.
If you wish to use the London Underground Tube service you can either take the tube to Paddington, Waterloo or Clapham Junction stations and join a train service to Windsor or take the tube to Victoria or Heathrow and join a bus service to Windsor. Passes issued by London Transport such as the Oyster Card cannot be used to travel to Windsor although the London Pass has a special addition that you can add to it to enable you to travel by train to Windsor to visit the Castle.
The nearest airport to Windsor Castle is Heathrow being a 30 minute car or bus drive away with London Luton 45 minutes away and Gatwick approximately 2 hours away. London City Airport is 53 minutes from Windsor Castle with London Stanstead Airport 1 hour and 11 minutes away.