I was wondering what the thinking was for trying to fit in a visit to Windsor Castle. We will arrive in London on a Saturday morning around 10a and stay in London Sunday and all day Monday. We are staying near Kings Cross and are leaving for Paris on Tuesday morning via Eurostar. We have purchased a 2 day London Pass and Oyster Card in advance. We are first timers to London. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanking you in advance
Craig recommends at least 5 hours in total for a trip to windsor (which includes the journey on the train), so if you start early then you can still be back in london in plenty of time to do something else. that's just for the castle and state apartments though -- windsor is quite a nice little town, with huge amounts of parkland, so you could easily fill up a bit more time looking around if you wanted to.
you should bear in mind that last entry into a lot of the big attractions in london is around 4 or 4:30 PM, so if you are planning to get back to london in the afternoon then maybe you should save something that stays open late for that day (like the london eye perhaps? Or a show?)
You will probably struggle to get your moneys worth out of the london pass if you include windsor... If you compare the individual prices at the attractions with the pass then you usually have to visit 3 or 4 attractions each day before you start getting your money back.
Note: an oyster card won't get you out as far as windsor -- you will need to buy a speperate ticket for that. The tickets are usually a lot cheaper if you buy them in advance
8 Apr 15, 19:41
Thanks for the feedback...it should make our decision much easier
What are your thoughts about trying to do Windsor Castle on a Sunday..try to get there when it opens at 10a ...and then trying to fit in the Tower of London later in the day. I am working on an itinerary with this as a possibility. On Monday, we would concentrate on Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Churchill War Room and Kensington Palace. Thank You
well, it's doable... but I don't think i would fancy it. we normally recommend three hours for the tower, so you will be in a big rush all day.
but the main reason I wouldn't fancy it is because of all the walking. you are going to be sitting on a train for two hours, walking around hilly windsor castle (which is a lot of walking), and then another three hours walking around the tower with all its steep stone stairs. i would imagine that you would be totally knackered by the end of this day.
but of course i'm talking as someone who lives in london. you've got limited holiday time, so you're trying to squeeze in as much as possible... and it's only one day of being knackered, so maybe it's worth it. both of those places are definitely worth visiting, and it would be a shame to go home without seeing them
as for your second day (Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Churchill War Room and Kensington Palace), this is okay as long as you don't go into buckingham palace (i don't know what dates you are coming... but the palace opens to the public in the summer). if you go inside all of those places then you won't have enough time. if you are just walking past the palace and taking some pics, then it should be okay (but busy!)