Originally conceived as a Royal pleasure ground, Virginia Water lies at the Southern edge of Windsor Great Park.
The 2-mile-long lake is a popular destination for families, walkers and wildlife lovers. In addition to tree-lined shores and vistas, its highlights include The Cascade and The Leptis Magna Ruins.
A full circuit of the lake is a bracing 5.25 miles, but the Cascade and Leptis Magna Ruins are a much shorter stroll.
From the Virginia Water Pavilion, follow the signs around the lake and you will discover the 30ft (9.1m) high waterfall known as the Cascade.
Although the ‘grotto’ was part of the early plans for the area, the Cascade wasn’t completed until March 1789. Fed directly from the lake, the Cascade relies on the right water levels and looks particularly impressive after heavy rainfall.
The Leptis Magna Ruins
If you continue walking on from the Cascade, you will reach the Ruins.
Created in 1826, this folly is built from columns, pedestals and slabs recovered from the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, in present-day Libya.
According to UNESCO, the city flourished during the first and second centuries AD and was once one of the most beautiful in the Roman Empire. It featured imposing public monuments, a harbour, a marketplace, colonnades and an amphitheatre.
The stones were gifted to the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1816, and spent some time in the British Museum before finding a home in Park.
The ruins were carefully restored in 2009 and are protected by a fence due to their age and delicate nature.
Virginia Water frequently asked questions
For our visitors with access requirements, we work with AccessAble to provide detailed access guides for popular areas of Windsor Great Park. More information and links to the AccessAble guides can be found here.
We want all of our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Windsor Great Park. Cycling is not permitted on the south side of the Lake with the exception of pre-school (under 5 years) children. More information about cycling in Windsor Great Park, can be found here.
These useful links will help you make the most of your visit to Windsor Great Park.
Park map & guide
View and download our Park map & guide to help you make the most of your visit to Windsor Great Park.
With world-class gardens, stunning vistas, convenient parking and outstanding facilities, take out a membership from just £1.92 a week* to enjoy Windsor Great Park and The Savill Garden all-year round.
Relax with family and friends with a picnic in Windsor Great Park. There are plenty of places to take in the fresh air and enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Obelisk Pond and Virginia Water Lake.
Food & drink
From tasty bacon rolls to exquisite freshly baked pastries – you’ll find a variety of seasonal eating options throughout Windsor Great Park.