This part of the world is superb for family short breaks, thanks to fantastic attractions such as Windsor Castle and Legoland.
Both these flagship destinations are a great day out…but save some time for the other tourist attractions here on the River Thames.
It’s lovely to sit on the river bank and admire the splendour of the magnificent Thames – but it’s even more fun to get out on the water!
Ratty from The Wind in the Willows summed it up perfectly: “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
You’ll see the world in a whole new light when you view it from the water. The feeling of freedom is unbeatable.
Especially when you glance back at all the other people gazing enviously at you from the bank – they’d love to be cruising, rowing or paddling along the Thames and experiencing that freedom for themselves.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy water-based fun on the Thames.
Windsor has a whole host of paddle sports companies offering single and double kayaks, Canadian canoes and stand up paddle boards. Find out more about them here.
And at Bray Lake there’s even more to do – windsurfing, dinghy sailing, open water swimming, dragon boating and scuba diving.
Land-based activities at this lakeside centre include bungee jumping, Segways and Battlefield Live combat gaming.
Fancy flying a Spitfire? Climb into the cockpit of the flight simulator at Maidenhead Heritage Centre and feel what it’s like to pilot this legendary Battle of Britain fighter!
The heritage centre houses an internationally important collection outlining the history of the Air Transport Auxiliary (headquartered at White Waltham during the Second World War).
And it also tells the story of Maidenhead through the ages, highlighting the town’s place in the Roman Empire plus this area’s various mentions in the Domesday Book.
Go amphibious! Take a Duck tour of the Thames. There are two options – the Road River Splash (which features more road travel) or the River Splash (lots more time out on the water).
Choose the Road River Splash and you’ll start your one-hour tour outside Windsor Castle before passing the Queen Victoria Statue, the Henry VIII Gate, the Royal Mews, Victoria Barracks…
Then you splash into the Thames at the Windsor Leisure Centre slipway and cruise along the river before returning to Windsor Castle.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land then City Sightseeing’s open top bus tours offer you a great view of Windsor.
These hour-long tours depart every 30 minutes from outside Windsor Castle, beside the Queen Victoria Statue (at the junction of Castle Hill and the B3022). In May tours run every day, generally from 10am to 4pm.
And of course if you’re looking for a friendly family hotel nearby, the Thames Riviera is the perfect option!
Contact our friendly reception team to find out more and book your stay.