Guidance for visitors to Windsor Great Park
Your safety, the safety of our staff and other Park visitors is our utmost priority, so please maintain social distancing at all times, staying at least two metres from people outside of your household. When meeting family and/or friends you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, you must not meet in a group of more than six (6), indoors or outdoors. Before visiting please familiarise yourselves with the latest Government guidelines. Please also refer to the guidelines about meeting others safely.
Before you leave home
Please note - there may be occasions where our team will ask you to move on if an area is becoming too crowded. Please respect their request.
The Savill Building
The Gift Shop, Plant Centre and toilets at The Savill Building are open. On busier days you may need to queue.
The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden is open for Friends and Members as well as a limited number of pre-booked tickets.
The children's play area - Obelisk Lawn
This area will remain closed.
Virginia Water Pavilion
Firstly, try The Savill Garden car park at TW20 0UJ. Other areas of the Great Park are within easy reach of this car park.
The following are also open:
The car park at The Valley Gardens remains closed.
More information about car parking can be found here.
Cycling in Windsor Great Park
More information about cycling can be found here.
Catering facilities in Windsor Great Park
The Savill Garden Kitchen is open with a reduced menu. The terrace is open from 9am - 11am for teas, coffees and pastries and then the lunch menu is available from 11.30am - 4pm.
During this time whilst we are operating a reduced service, we want to ensure that as many of our Visitors, Friends and Members are able to enjoy the restaurant facilities. Your table occupancy for dining is limited to one (1) hour with no return within two (2) hours. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
The following reduced take-away catering will be available:
We are constantly reviewing the situation and should Government advice change, or public safety be compromised, we will not hesitate to impose further closures or restrictions.
Swinley Forest covers more than 3000 acres of woodland which runs across gently sloping hills, making it the perfect destination for a range of fun and exciting activities.
Mountain bikers, horse riders and dog walkers come together here to enjoy a natural environment that is very different to the more popular areas of Windsor Great Park. The undulating pine forest is perfect for thrill seekers - with mountain biking in particular being a very popular activity, since the creation of our three purpose-designed bike trails.
Visit our Mountain Biking page for more information.
Evolved from one of the largest Royal hunting woodlands, Swinley Forest is renowned for its exquisite beauty which stretches across thousands of acres. It shares Windsor Great Park’s Norman hunting forest traditions and rich history, with ‘Caesar’s Camp’ being one of the oldest examples. This hilltop fort dates back to the Iron Age, built by Britons almost 2,300 years ago.
Historically, the timber from these forests was used for ship construction and building. Today though, the forest is managed under a multi-purpose policy - integrating the conservation of wildlife, timber production and public access.
From thrilling adventures to educational hands-on science exhibitions, Swinley Forest is renowned for its unique range of activity and learning experiences. Its undulating trails are alive with adventurers looking to discover the excitement and natural beauty offered by this 3000 acres of rolling evergreen forest.
If you are an intrepid mountain biker, then the twisting trails within our 2,500 acres offer the excitement you’ve been looking for.
Go Ape is the UK’s No. 1 forest adventure experience, giving friends and families the chance to get in touch with their inner Tarzan!
The Look Out Discovery Centre is a fantastic family day out, with over 90 hands-on science activities that are both fun and educational.
Dedicated parking for our disabled visitors is available at the Swinley Forest car park. Accessible toilet facilities can be found at the Look Out Discovery Centre, which is located by the main entrance to Swinley Forest. The Look Out Discovery Centre also offers a range of facilities for disabled guests - including access via ramps, slopes and/or manual doors, and accessible changing rooms. More information can be found on the www.disabledgo.com website.
For Go Ape, while these courses are designed to be accessible to as many people as possible, they do offer a degree of mental and physical challenge, meaning that some persons with special needs may require additional equipment and/or levels of supervision in order to ensure safe participation. For more information, please download this useful Guidelines Leaflet.
Swinley Forest forms part of the Thames Valley Special Protection Area, and The Crown Estate works closely with Natural England to protect this important habitat.
This area is designated for its heathland habitats and is home to a number of rare and threatened bird species. You may be lucky enough to spot a Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark as you walk, run or cycle through the varied landscape of heaths, grassland, lakes, ponds and woods - discovering something new around every corner. With inspiring hilltop views and rare heathland habitats, Swinley Forest really does offer something for everyone.