Windosr Castle - Royal Residence

Windsor Castle


About Windosr Castle
The Home Park is a famous feature of the land to the north of Windsor Castle. One of the most famous views of Windsor Castle must be from The Home Park, especially when floodlit on special occasions. This extensive area of playing fields, pitches and tennis courts dates back to the late 1600s when the first work was undertaken to construct a great garden on the land between Windsor Castle, the river, and Datchet.

At one point in the 1680s Charles II had a plan to create a drive on the north side of the castle, exactly opposite The Long Walk, newly created on the south side. This did not materialise, but a garden was created by Queen Anne in the same area a few years later. It was named The Maestricht Garden, after a battle in 1673 in Maestricht, Holland.

To the south of Windsor is The Great Park extending over some 14,000 acres of which 8,000 acres are forest.
  Windsor Great Park is the only Royal Park managed by the Crown Estate Commissioners and it is their duty to maintain its unique character .
  The public areas are predominantly woodland or open grassland. A wide variety of forest trees thrive, including beech, oak, sweet chestnut, birch and conifers although the elms have virtually disappeared through Dutch elm disease in recent years.

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Windsor Castle

By train: To Windsor from London Waterloo or London Paddington.

By road: M4 to Exit 6. M3 to Exit 3.

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