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“A olympic memory brought to life.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake
Off Court Lane | Eton College Rowing Centre, Windsor SL4 6QP, England
01753 832756
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Ranked #17 of 42 things to do in Windsor
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Essex
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A olympic memory brought to life.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

No entrance fee, very accessible, a great place to walk, run, cycle or just drive. Informative staff in the boat house centre. Worth a visit if you watched those amazing Olympic moments in 2012.

Visited April 2014
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Such a beautiful place to have a nice walk around. And you can cut through and walk up along the river to the locks.

Visited February 2014
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Luton, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful lake and walk but absolutely rubbish parking - Eton should be ashamed!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Had a lovely walk around Dorney Lake this afternoon in the sunshine. No doubt this is a wonderful location and it was great to see where the Olympic rowing events were held. However ... the parking is a complete rip-off. Not only that, but the parking meter needs to be seen to be believed.

When we arrived there was quite a queue to get tickets and no joking it was taking on average 5-8 minutes each to dispense a simple parking ticket. Gone are the days when you just stroll up to the meter, pick the length of of time you wish to stay, pop your money in the slot and pick up the ticket - maybe 1 minute at most. With this one, you have to key your number plate in, press valid, press a few other buttons, put your card in, put your pin in, press some more buttons and then wait for ages for the ticket to be dispensed. You can't use cash and it's a flat rate of £2.50, even if you are only visiting for an hour.

I know why these type of ticket machines are springing up - if they have your number plate on the ticket you can't give it to someone else on your way out, so they make even more money out of you. We are not talking OAPs here, trying to use a ticket machine they can't understand, just ordinary young families. The instructions are sparse and confusing. I have seen ticket machines like this in Milton Keynes, but they are no way as confusing as the one in the Dorney lake car park. Also, only one ticket machine for a large car park - obviously it was so expensive to buy they couldn't afford additional ones, even though it is making their visitors frustrated. When I was in the queue there was a man behind me phoning up Eton College and berating some poor operator telling them that their parking machine was a complete load of rubbish!

I am sure Eton would say they need to pay for the upkeep of the site etc etc etc but all they are doing with this rubbish parking is to alienate their visitors who may then decide that they won't be ripped off the in the future and either park further away and walk in, or visit one of the other lovely spots in this area for their afternoon walk.

I would visit again, but no way would I park on site. I would rather park for free a short walk away and walk in. Sort this out Eton!

Visited February 2014
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Windsor
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“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is owned and run by eton College but a few times a year events are held here like a triathlon, and private corporate events. It was also the site of the London Olympics which I was lucky enough to attend the final day. Massive gounds the main clubhouse and venue are only a few years old so have a modern feel. Very close (less than a hundred yards) to the scenic River Thames and Dorney Lock. Difficult to get to if you are not driving.

Visited August 2013
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Windsor Berkshire
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“where dreams come alive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

share the Olympic denjoying outdoor ream when you take a walk round dorney lake, see the youth of today enjoying the thrill of rowing on this spectacular lake, catch triathlons from spring to autumn with amazing athletes to first timers, great fun for all the family along with the lovely wild life you associate with the thames nearby

Visited December 2013
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