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