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A royal welcome at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle has been the home of English royalty since the 11th century. Overlooking the town of Windsor, it's a stunningly regal estate, with an extensive drive - aptly named Long Road - leading up to the Norman castle itself.

While it's home to Queen Elizabeth when she's out of London, Windsor Castle is also open to visitors. Visit the State Apartments to see artwork by Rembrandt and Rubens, and explore Gothic St George's Chapel, the burial place of Henry VIII.

Explore the historic market town of Windsor

Windsor might be best known as the Queen's place of residence, but there's plenty more to see and do in this attractive town, too. Try the delicious Fudge Kitchen, where you can make your own treats to take home.

Kids will love Legoland Windsor Resort, with over 55 rides to explore, while grown-ups can relax and unwind in the Great Park. Here for the weekend? Treat yourself to a show at the Theatre Royal.

A breath of fresh air at Colne Valley Regional Park

Need a break from city life? Just east of Windsor, Colne Valley Regional Park is a huge, 27,500-acre expanse of countryside stretching from Watford all the way down to Heathrow Airport.

The relaxing Grand Union Canal runs through the reserve, and Nearby Langley Park gives great views of Windsor Castle. Further afield in the reserve you can visit the Chiltern Open Air Museum, which gives you fascinating insight into 2000 years of history.

Planning a trip to Windsor Castle? Travelodge Windsor Central Hotel is handily located in the heart of the town. Or try Travelodge Slough Hotel, just ten minutes away, for easy access to Colne Valley and the M4.