It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
A progressive independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. Our portfolio includes the whole of Regent Street and much of St James’s in London’s West End, prime regional shopping centres, Windsor Great Park, rural land and coastline, and the UK’s seabed.
Windsor is a contemporary town centre overlooked by an iconic castle, with the spectacular 4800 acres of Windsor Great Park providing a green haven for walking, cycling and horse riding – all within close proximity to central London.
The spectacular 4800 acres of Windsor Great Park provide the town's residents with a green haven for walking, cycling and horse riding – all less than 30 miles from the bustle of central London.
Windsor offers a diverse array of restaurants, interspersed with independent cafés, high street shops and quintessentially British tearooms. Opposite the castle, a Grade II listed Victorian railway station has been converted into Windsor Royal Shopping, providing a wide selection of bars and bistros, an arts and crafts market, and a concourse of upmarket stores.
From the gates of Windsor Castle, the 2.6 miles of The Long Walk links the Royal residence to Windsor Great Park - making it possible to enjoy an uninterrupted stroll from urban to rural. Meanwhile, the River Thames runs through the town, giving you the chance to cruise on a day-trip sightseeing boat, or explore independently by hired motorboat or kayak. And for culture seekers, the arts centre offers a packed programme and the Theatre Royal provides plays, musicals and comedies throughout the year.
Windsor is conveniently situated along the M4 corridor, giving a direct route into London. It also benefits from close proximity to the M25, M3 and M40 - with Heathrow Airport only a twenty minute drive away. There are two central train stations, from which you can travel either directly to Waterloo or to Paddington via the Windsor to Slough shuttle train. There are also good rail links in nearby Egham and Virginia Water.
There are a number of excellent schools in Windsor and the surrounding areas. Please visit www.rbwm.gov.uk for details of local state schools, or www.isc.co.uk for information on independent schools in the area.
Nearby towns and the wider area
Windsor is surrounded by a diverse range of nearby towns and villages - including Ascot, famous for its racecourse, and Bracknell, home of Swinley Forest – plus Crowthorne, Datchet, Sunningdale, Eton and many others.
If you would like to find out more about what’s on, places to visit and places to stay in other towns nearby, or in the wider county of Surrey, please use the following links: