Windsor is a town on the River Thames in southeast England, just west of London. It’s home to Windsor Castle, a residence of the British Royal Family. Built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century, the castle was extensively remodeled by subsequent monarchs. Public tours take in the State Apartments, which contain opulent furnishings, and paintings from the royal art collection.
Windsor is perhaps best known for its castle, official royal residence and over 900 years old. To the south of the castle is Windsor Great Park, which extends over 5000 acres (2000 hectares) and includes Virginia Water Lake. On the west side of the castle is the town of Windsor. From the statue of Queen Victoria it’s possible to follow the castle walls downhill to the River Thames and cross into Eton.
Around 3 miles / 5km south-east of Windsor, between Egham and Englefield Green, is Coopers Hill, Runnymede. At the top of the hill (approached from Englefield Green) is the Airforce memorial. At the foot of the hill are two further memorials:
- the Magna Carta memorial, commemorating the site where in June 1215 King John signed “the earliest of constitutional documents”.
- a memorial to John F Kennedy, which stands in an acre of land given to the US by the UK.
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and also for its architecture. The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror.
Virginia Water Lake
Virginia Water Lake lies on the southern edge of Windsor Great Park, in the borough of Runnymede in Surrey and the civil parishes of Old Windsor and Sunningdale and Ascot in Berkshire, in England.
It is a man-made lake taking its name from a natural body of water of the same name. There is a village of Virginia Water which stretches out to the east of the lake.