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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Royal Windsor In Winter

Windsor Castle at winterSome places suit particular seasons, and others have a charm that lasts all year round - Royal Windsor is definitely one of those places.  It's a town that moves with the seasons; plenty of flowers in Spring, streams of tourists with ice creams in Summer and trails of orange leaves along The Long Walk in Autumn.  So, that just leaves Winter, though I'm finding it difficult to put into words how special the crisp air of Royal Borough of Windsor is at this time of year.  Here's hoping my photos can do most of the talking!  Read on for some tips on how best to spend a chilly day in the famous town during winter...
Windsor Castle black and gold gates
Windsor Castle in winter on a sunny day
White horses outside Windsor CastleIf you're visiting Windsor for the first time, your trip isn't complete without exploring Windsor Castle (a residence of the British Royal Family).  It still remains one of my favourite castles in the UK, thanks to the impressive rooms, Foot Guards and general ambience - you're surrounded by tourists from all over the world.  Plus, the gift shop stocks delicious boxes of fudge and I'm not sure what could be better than that.  Once you've finished admiring various rooms, The Long Walk can be found just around the corner from Windsor Castle's entrance (though still in plain sight, leading up to the castle).  The beautiful stretch is lined with trees and sees you encounter plenty of dog-walkers and joggers along the way.  Oh and if you fancy burning off the box of fudge and happen to walk far enough, you'll come across the Deer Park!
Windsor The Long Walk at winter
Small fountains in Windsor
Styling a leather jacket in winter
Things to do in Windsor travel diaryAlthough the town is packed full with hundreds of dining options, there's a particularly good selection of cafés and restaurants (ideal for snacks) within the Windsor Royal Station.  No longer an active station (there's one behind it though!), it's now an entirely unique home to plenty of shops and eating destinations - including the Cinnamon Café, perfect for generous-sized cakes. Côte Brasserie with a river-view is a five minute walk from the castle and across a small bridge.  Alternatively, directly opposite Windsor Castle is the Duchess of Cambridge, a pub that has a rather nice atmosphere during the day (head to the very back, it's lighter and calmer) and serves delicious hearty meals.  Also opposite the castle is the Windsor Macdonald Hotel, an ideal location for a modern afternoon tea.
Windsor converted station architecture
Converted station ceiling in Windsor
Luxurious white houses in Windsor
Accessible by train in just under an hour from London, the town is ideal for slotting into a long British break as a day trip. Personally, whenever visiting I tend to book a play in advance at the Theatre Royal Windsor; complete with beautiful traditional interiors, the plays range from classics to first productions of new work and some of which transfer to the West End.  My recommendation?  Book a murder mystery play - they're nearly always brilliant!  Another suggestion would be to explore the town via the sightseeing open-top bus in Summer, or snuggle under a blanket for a Horse & Carriage ride.
A Winter afternoon in Royal Windsor
The famous Long Walk in Royal Windsor
These gorgeous Donna Ida Liv Jeans (for Jaeger) are now on sale!
I'd love to hear whether you've visited Royal Windsor before?  And if so, how did you spend your time there?

With love,

Gabrielle x
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  1. It's ages since I visited Windsor. I can't really remember the castle, and don't think I have ever really explored the town or interesting places to eat. Probably time to go back! Gorgeous photos as always Gabrielle, and I love your outfit! x

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  2. I have only passed through Windsor. I'll definitely head there for a day trip once it warms up.

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  3. I would love to visit Windsor, especially the castle. I'm sure that the Windsor hotel is lovely as well.

    You look very pretty...love those jeans on you!

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  4. Would love to visit someday... such a gorgeous change of scenery! And you look stunning as well.

    xx, Amy
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  5. This castle would definitely be nice to see live. Looks spectacular.

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  6. Wow the castle looks beautiful! Would love to go and visit Windsor, one day x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  7. Looks like a wonderful place! ♥

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  8. We wanted to visit Royal Windsor the last time we were in London but it didn't work out because of timing. After seeing it through your eyes here Gabrielle, I will definitely need to make it a priority the next time we go to England as I can imagine it would be even more spectacular in person.

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  9. Looks like a wonderland. So gorgeous. Love your outfit too.

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  10. These photos are absolutely beautiful Gabrielle! I always envy your proximity to incredible historic locations. What a way to spend a day!

    Amber - amberelb.com

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  11. I feel like the worst British person ever, as I didn't know that Windsor was an actual town! I think that you've captured the crisp beauty of it during Winter to absolute perfection- the shot with the avenue of bare trees is so stunning! As are you in this beautiful top and leather jacket :)

    Rachel xx
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  12. Gorgeous photos! Exploring a castle is definitely on my bucket list!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  13. HOW AWESOME!!!!! I wish I were there!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  14. This place looks absolutely stunning, I hope you had an amazing time!

    Camila,
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  15. What a lovely sunny day, perfect for exploring! Love your photos and your outfit! x

    Yiota
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  16. What a glorious place. I'm not a fan of the royal family, despite being Australian and I'm not actually well versed in castles and estates in the U.K. I woukd love to see them though, from your photos of Windsor it really looks exquisite. If I had found myself in England prior to this post, I'd never actually visit this site mainly because the royals are in residence and like I said, I don't care much for them. But now I'm thinking I need to rethink everything.

    Sxx
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  17. I haven't, but I would love to one day. I was in the UK at the age of 13, and haven't been back since, so it is about time.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  18. I have never visited this castle, but plan to do so, when I come this summer. I am amazed by this beautiful sun, and you radiate the landscape with your huge smile. Have a great week, Gaby.

    P.S. Oh, and to book a murder mystery play, sounds like an absolutely great program too.

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  19. Girl your travel posts give me ALL of the envy! I really need to explore more of the UK and this post looks so beautiful, Windsor is actually pretty close to where my boyfriend lives so I need to take a trip there! P.s you look gorgeous as always!

    Hayley xo
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  20. Looks like a gorgeous place :) I love your photos x

    Laura
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  21. Beautiful photos here Gabrielle, and you're right, Windsor always looks lovely all year around. I love the shots of the horses there and you looked lovely too! - Tasha

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  22. Your pictures are all so beautiful! I would love to visit the place x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  23. I've never been to Royal Windsor before but granted it's only an hour away from London I wouldn't mind visiting someday when I'm on British land! You got me at fudge, and I suppose they have delicious cinnamon roles at Cinnamon cafe? :) If not I'm sure we'll make do. Happy new week hun!:) xo~ Lena
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  24. Loving this post and absolutely loving your blog!
    Always with such good ideas and photographs :D
    Have a lovely week
    Xoxo

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  25. It's so beautiful! These photos are gorgeous!

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  26. Such a magical place, can't stop admiring it and you're looking beautiful babe!

    xo
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  27. Gabrielle your photos were stunning! It looks like such a beautiful day out. I really must go there!

    Gemma x
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  28. This looks like an absolute dream! You go to the most magical, gorgeous places!

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  29. Wow these photos are breathtaking. I would love to visit someday, and the weather looks gorgeous right now! I miss the sun so much it feels like ages since I've seen it. This castle is beautiful, and your outfit is so chic!

    Francesca
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  30. This seems like such a nice weekend trip!! I'd love to visit some day. PS. LOVE your outfit.

    xx, Pia
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  31. I can't believe I have never been here before, it looks so amazing and picturesque. I am definitely going to recommend to my boyfriend that we take a long weekend trip there and do some sightseeing :) x

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  32. I have never been there before but it looks lovely. I need to travel more around the UK.
    Love the outfit!

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  33. I have never visited Royal Windsor but it looks so amazing! What a romantic place to visit...

    ANOUK

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  34. Beautiful photos! I love visiting Windsor, I should definitely go more often! :) xx

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  35. Love Windsor and the Great Park! Such a beautiful town too.

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  36. great pictures, such a beautiful place

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  37. Under an hour from London? I'm putting it on my list for spring. What a beautiful day it was for you to explore - Windsor looks amazing and I love the idea of visiting the deer park.

    Euriental

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  38. I visited Windsor some years ago in summer. You are giving me the chance to see it again. It's really a lovely place and you look amazing too :)

    xoxo
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  39. I passed by Windsor today. Shrouded in fog, although there was just a hint of the castle poking it's nose through the mist. Great place, rubbish for parking a car. Lovely post and great weather

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  40. that place looks amazing!!! so beautiful!!!

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  41. Wow the ground are so gorgeous! I miss the UK so much. I just love all the castles and the countrysides. And you can't beat it all for only an hour ride from London!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  42. I remember visiting Windsor, it was a great while ago though. You've taken really beautiful pictures, Gabrielle. This post really brings a lot of flashbacks, and I actually miss the fog and the crisp air. Have a wonderful week! x/Madison

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  43. This is definitely a must place to see when in UK. Love your look, your leather jacket is nice.

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  44. It looks absolutely gorgeous!! I've never been but all those photos omg sooo beautiful! I really have a thing for castles because having studied them in art history I really wish to see some castles in person. Also, you look so pretty and glowy! What have you been doing?

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea! I've actually been trying a new skincare regime by Dermalogica for the past week or two - I'll be blogging about it soon!

      Gabrielle x

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  45. This place sounds great all year round! I love that you're always on the go and adventuring to so many new places. The Royal Windsor looks very dreamy in the winter. I can't imagine how beautiful it is during spring/summer!

    Tina
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  46. Such beautiful photos ! I love castles so much.
    xx,
    Margot
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  47. I haven't been to Windsor in so long and I've actually only been in summer - it looks magical in winter! I'd love to go again, it's just so far away for me!
    Amy xx
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  48. Love these pictures, Gabrielle! x

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  49. I've never visited Windsor before, but you've definitely made me want to! What a stunning place!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  50. I'm always amazed by the castles there! It is gorgeous. I've never been, but would love to go Gabrielle. The shops & restaurants sound awesome. Thanks for sharing this treasure.
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  51. Wow, looks like a great day trip!! I always wanted to visit a castle, so If I ever go to England I would love to go there!!

    Andrea.

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  52. Amazing place! You got some killer shots, lady!

    -Ashley
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  53. I've been trying to go to Windsor Castle but never got the time. Nice picture :)

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  54. Such a gorgeous place and I love your look!

    Annessa
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  55. I've, of course, heard so much about Royal Windsor, but never had the opportunity to visit before, since I've never traveled to England before! This is definitely a place I'd have to visit, especially after seeing your beauty photos of the grounds and shops! I love that the station was converted into a strip of restaurants and cafes, it looks so charming! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  56. Wow!!!
    Really cool and nice outfit!!
    Royal Windosr is really a cool place I hope one day I may go!!

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  57. Woah, it seems amazing! I can definitely see how it would look good in every different season. Also, your hair is beautiful girl!

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  58. Your photos absolutely did justice to how special Windsor is during the winter! What an absolutely magical place!

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  59. I was there around 5 years ago during June and it was beautiful, can't wait to go back. Your photos are making me nostalgic!

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  60. That place is so lovely! amazing photos :)

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  61. Okay next time I'm planning a trip, I will definitely be consulting your blog for a list of gorgeous places to visit Gabrielle!

    Loving the new blog layout too!

    X

    Anjelique
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  62. I love Windsor! Last spring when I went I visited the castle and went for afternoon tea afterwards. I would love to visit in the winter too as your pictures look so beautiful!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  63. It looks absolutely beautiful though! Such a pretty place and I'm sure it's a lovely place in all seasons as you write! Love your outfit too, so classic with the b&w! Xx

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  64. That location is breathtaking! <3

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  65. I went a couple of times last year and stayed at the M Gallery hotel which is right in the centre. Looks like you had a wonderful and sunny time!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  66. I did awhile before, the castle is a gorgeous highlight. Also, eating their and just taking in the environment is what makes the trip so much fun. Your photos are gorgeous and truly showcase the place at it's best. I love your leather jacket :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/01/lingerie-with-benifits.html

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  67. Beautiful photography Gabrielle! Your mini trips have been so inspiring to me, I've decided to discover the small towns close to me as well.
    Hope you've had a great start into the new week darling.
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  68. Oh my, the grounds are so gorgeous and such a beautiful place! You take the most stunning photos! xx

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  69. I love Windsor Gabrielle - granted I haven't visited for a few years now but your lovely photos have triggered some serious Windsor wanderlust! I need to visit the Castle next time as it's always escaped me on previous visits xx

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  70. It is a long time since I visited Windsor - such an easy trip from London! A lovely idea for a day trip, love your photos!

    Miriam
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  71. Aww I always feel so sentimental about Windsor as I have fond memories visiting with my grandparents as a kid. Seeing your stunning photos has reminded me I must return! Your hair looks gorgeous in these pics Gabrielle, love the colours.
    Jaz xoxo
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  72. Oh, if only I had read this post before my last trip to the UK! The fudge sounds wonderful as does the pub you mention. I love British pub food! I love your jeans, by the way. What a lovely virtual tour. :)
    xo, janea
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  73. Pretty photos! That castle is so beautiful and I love the picture of those horses.

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  74. Wow what a beautiful location, it must be amazing to see a castle.

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  75. OMG, I absolutely love the place! Never been there actually, but it is on my bucket list for a while. I mean...that neverending lane is just amazing! :D

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  76. Windsor is such a beautiful place and so nearby also, really should visit more often! You look beautiful here too and that little leather jacket is beautifully suited, where is it from?

    A great place for a day trip and I'm looking forward to when it finally heats up and strolling around beautiful places like this will be even more of a pleasure :)

    A lovely post Gabrielle and you look so gorgeous as always!

    Laura xo
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  77. I've never been to Windsor in general before but it looks beautiful there and like it's full of history. I'm planning a trip to the UK for either sometime this year or next so maybe I'll add Windsor to the list.

    It's funny because there's a Windsor in Melbourne as well and I go there every day! Definitely no castle there though, it couldn't look more opposite.

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  78. This castle looks beautiful!! I would love to visit there one day!

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