Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park
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Part of the Windsor Estate, Windsor Great Park is an ancient Royal landscape of forests, grasslands, lakes and gardens. Visit and you will discover 1,000 years of history including historical monuments, rare wildlife and National Collections of plants and Champion Trees. There is so much to explore throughout the seasons at Windsor Great Park. Take a look at the areas you can visit including the gardens, Adventure Play, the Environmental Centre and Swinley Forest.
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  • Mirmurph
    County Carlow, Ireland14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure Play
    Such a great day out for all the family. 6 and 3 year old thoroughly enjoyed all the amenities of an amazing playground. Even though the weather had been wet, we wrapped up and got out to play, followed by treat afterwards in cafe. Excellent for all ages.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Mohr Amy
    Southam, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good review
    We only did a small part of the park because we were time constrained. This is a great place to walk, run, or bike in. The part we walked in was left in its natural and wild state and beautiful with the castle in the very distance.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Marilyn M
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lunch at Windsor Great Park - Virginia Water Cafe
    We visited the Virginia Water Cafe yesterday as we have done on numerous occasions for a lunch. As always the food was excellent and we had a lovely lunch there. All the staff are courteous and helpful but I have to mention by name Jay. He goes above and beyond to help customers and his people skills are exceptional. He is an asset to his team. Always remembers our names and is such a lovely person. Always can be sure of great food and great service from the staff of Virginia Water Cafe. Well done all of you.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • hollyReading.Berks
    Wokingham, United Kingdom1,113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Windsor Great Park Illuminated
    Windsor Great Park Illuminated Visited on a busy sunday, we went last year but really enjoyed it. The layout was set out different but all the favourites were still there. We loved that they used the lights on the water as last year they didn’t and can do this so well and great use of the water. Our son loved the fairy disco and marshmallow roasting. Yes drinks/ food is pricey but expected- the rides were reasonable priced and enjoyed by our son! Defo recommend a visit at Christmas time it’s so magical and pretty!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Lighter111
    Surrey, United Kingdom161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Windsor illuminated show
    Went to visit Windsor illuminated, saville garden was nice enjoyed the walk, and lights with different themes. Book your parking spot with tickets additional cost. Some food spots dotted around.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Karen E
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So close to Heathrow airport.
    A lovely park and it’s free. We chose to pay to go into Savill Park. Beautiful. We were flying from Heathrow in the evening so spent our last day here. So convenient as it’s only fifteen minutes from the airport. Will definitely visit again.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2024
  • permia
    63,544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expansive strolling opportunities
    At over 2000 ha in size, it is certainly expansive. And affords fabulous copious free greenery and fresh air to be enjoyed. Arriving via Park St and entering through the imposing gates it was grand strolling along some of its vastness.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2024
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Chris V
London, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Savill Garden

I am a member at Savill Garden.
Arrived at 11:45 am with my wife to have lunch.
Lunch is open from 11:30 according to the website.
The car park was very full but managed to find a space.
Had to queue outside the building as so many people were inside.

Once inside there was a very very long queue for lunch and all the tables seemed to be already occupied. We decided not to wait and made our way out. As we left the car park many more people were arriving...

Solutions: If you want Lunch go very early as there is no table booking available.
Many people are looking for somewhere to eat outside now so don't go during the school holiday period. I love the garden but probably will not go back again until September. As usual being a member is quite poor value so I probably will not bother to renew after this year. (single membership now costs about 80 pounds).
Written August 20, 2020
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MrsH87
Bracknell, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Came here for a lovely walk yesterday. The grounds and well kept and tidy. Staff at the cafe very friendly. Alittle disappointed that a few individuals on bikes in the non cycle area, however that is due to the individuals not the park itself. Would definitely recommend a visit as it is a beautiful place. Car parking is quite expensive but considering how clean the area is, including the toilets, car parking and the lake I can understand where the money is spent. Can’t wait to return on a future visit!
Written September 13, 2021
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JasminB20
Bangkok, Thailand2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Cycled from east London to visit Windsor, meet some friends and walk the Long Walk together only to be told that merely walking with a cycle along this path is prohibited. I checked the website beforehand which clearly states that "Cycling is not permitted on the Long Walk and in the Deer Park" - which was fine, I intended to walk the route with my friends and their children.

The website made no mention of pushing bicycles along the route being prohibited, which is a ridiculous rule given that bicycles pushed in this capacity take up no more space than a pushchair which is not prohibited.

Moreover, this silly little rule seems inconsistently enforced. One groundsman said that pushing the bike was fine as long as it was alongside the fence and permitted me through. Another said that both riding or pushing was allowed as long as you are aged 8 or under. Another said it was banned completely but did nothing about children passing by riding bikes and scooters.

Unsure which is correct information. Would it have been permissible if I'd have let my friend's 7 year old to push my bicycle through the Long Walk instead?

Left Windsor thoroughly disappointed with my visit as I was left waiting for my friends whilst they completed the Long Walk. After some research it seems this rule dates back to 1889. Seems to me it needs updating to be more welcoming to all, or at the very least the website ought to be updated to provide accurate information and have your staff properly trained for consistent enforcement.
Written July 12, 2020
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Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry that you were inconvenienced on your visit. We shall ensure that this is clearly displayed on our website.
Written August 24, 2020
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
The long walk is stunning (especially if you come from the copper statue looking down towards Windsor Castle). From the copper statue, there are a few walks you can do - walking due south from the statue gets you to Virginia Water. The walk down is really beautiful and it's a pretty flat walk/cycle around Virginia Water before coming back up the other side towards Windsor. It's an extremely pleasant walk.

There is the opportunity to see a surprising amount of wildlife (including the very common deer). Generally, I've seen these around Bear Rails scout camp and the aforementioned copper statue of George III.
Written May 28, 2020
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Captainnajork160
Cheshunt, UK402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I explored the Park by bike so managed to appreciate the beauty of Virginia Water plus pay a visit to many of the statues dotted around. Shame that that you cannot ride the Long Walk on a bike. Actually you can't even push or "otherwise" take a bike on the Long Walk which seems a little over the top. Can you push a baby buggy ? Anyway there are still plenty of cycle paths to ride on although from Google maps it appeared to me that you must get on an A road to return to Windsor from Virginia Water rather than be able to take an internal safer cycle path.
Written February 7, 2020
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Blackth0rn
Bristol, UK1,351 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We decided just to visit the Valley Gardens having limited time and so weren’t sure if it was worth paying for entry to the Saville Gardens, and we had done the Long Walk the day before. That said, whilst the Valley Gardens are “free” to enter, parking is a quite ludicrous £3 per hour, or part thereof, so 2 hours 10 minutes will cost you £9, for example. First impressions were that it was something of a dog walker’s paradise, it did take some effort to navigate around the pooches tearing around all over the place. Once you got a little further way from the entrance though, the numbers thinned out and you could relax a bit.

The gardens themselves are very attractive and well maintained with lovely trees, shrubs and lawns as well as lovely views across the water of course. It’s a shame the trails weren’t better marked, the only maps were at the various entrances and these seemed to bear no resemblance to the one that I had downloaded being orientated completely differently. As a consequence, we didn’t manage to find the small wooden bridge shown on their website which was a shame as that looked very scenic. If we hadn’t been clock watching because of the parking charges, we would have explored a little more.

Some of the facilities seemed to require attention, with one toilet blocked closed, a view point over the lake fenced off, the Cascade not cascading and the Leptis Magna ruins inaccessible. This was particularly frustrating; a sign said they were closed for renovation which is fair enough, but a central walkway between them was itself still fenced off from the artefacts, so I can see no reason why that couldn’t have been open. If it had been, we would have at least been able to read the information boards which would have been useful. As it was, I came away with no idea what they were.

Overall, lovely grounds and a beautiful spot, but the excessive parking charges really spoil it as you’re just constantly clock watching to make sure you don’t go over the next hour boundary rather than just relaxing and enjoying your day out.
Written July 22, 2022
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Thank you for your review, We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit to the Valley Gardens. You are correct that there is no charge and entry is free to the Valley Garden. We are sorry to read that you were unable to locate the the wooden bridge you were looking for - we will feed this back and review our maps for the area. As you have experienced from visiting previously, other areas of the Park are also free to enter including the Long Walk, Deer Park and Virginia Water and can be visiting for a full day out. Parking charges contribute towards the maintenance of the Great Park and its facilities, which many of our visitors enjoy when visiting for the day. The Valley Garden toilets are currently being refurbished and will open later this summer. Likewise the Leptis Magna Ruins are closed for maintenance, however a sign is in place with a QR code to access information on our website. Unfortunately with the hot weather we have received recently, it has meant the Cascade is lacking the water to operate fully. The closures we have in place are mentioned on our visitor updates page of the website, and our car parking charges are started on the website. Thank you again for your review.
Written July 25, 2022
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Kelly M
Maidstone, UK307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
I love this place. I visited on a whim. I’d passed it a few times and not known what to expect. I had a child free day and I love long walks / hikes so thought I’d see what it was all about. I wasn’t disappointed. I walked all day. The facilities were great, I love the gift shop, the food was divine in the restaurant and I paid to visit the saville gardens which resulted in a refund of the parking price so all in all a bargain day and I will definitely return with my kids!
Absolutely everything about the park was stunning and if you like the outdoors, I highly recommend it!
Written October 17, 2021
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Lea F
Henlow, UK399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
The park itself was lovely & although busy it didn’t feel uncomfortable.
Lots of parking & most routes had a decent surface, photo opportunities were limited on the route we chose.
We booked tickets for the Savill gardens and money was debited from our account but no confirmation email was sent which was far from ideal. The queues were vast and the visit was slightly ruined by someone throwing up in the bushes right in front of us although they were right by the loos.
Written August 15, 2021
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Ray
Staines, UK798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Over the years this park has become my happy place to get away from it all, I have been driving here to walk this beautiful royal landscape every now and then and each time I find a new reason to love it even more.

Initially it was my wanderlust and thirst for nature exploring that led me here. Slowly without realising, it got me hooked on history which was something I never cared for before. With history comes the interest in architecture and design and from Windsor Castle to gate house lodges, church, ancient bridges, there's plenty of architectural stuff to start a whole new photography project. Dig in little deeper and there are Valley Gardens and Saville Gardens to awaken your seeing and smell senses. The Virginia Water lake, monuments, historical landmarks, nature, wildlife in this posh, upper-class royal setting, all this has turned me into an culture vulture.

In short I love nature, peace and quiet and this place has it all.
Written May 8, 2021
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KingOfTheNorth99
Windsor, UK646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A wonderful space full of paths to walk or cycle. Contains lakes, sculptures, lodges, a village (complete with Post Office), even a polo club. It can get busy in certain spots (the Long Walk, Saville Garden etc), but when you get deeper in it’s not so busy.
Not hilly as such but cycling through there are some small but tiring climbs that make it a decent workout.
So much to explore...
Written August 25, 2020
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