History & Heritage
The Windsor Estate has witnessed countless events throughout history, dating back to pre-Saxon times, each of which has left its own distinctive mark on this impressive landscape. Although it wasn’t until the 13th century that the areas making up Windsor Great Park were properly defined, creating an incredible variety of landscapes across the 1,942 hectares (4,800 acres) that have grown and been developed over time.
Windsor Great Park is part of the operational Windsor Estate, which also includes commercial forests, golf courses, farms and the Ascot race course.
From William I’s hunting grounds to Queen Victoria’s royal picnics, the landscape has been improved, cherished and shared by a long line of monarchs.
Take a journey through the ages with our Historic Timeline, which tells the story of Windsor Great Park and its Royal associations, from the Battle of Hastings right through to the present day.
The Rangers of Windsor Great Park
The role of Ranger can trace its roots back to 1559 when Sir Henry Neville was appointed Ranger in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Over the last 460 years, the post of Ranger has been held by the Sovereign and other family members, including, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.