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Windsor Castle and the Chilterns Berkshire A Great Place To Visit

The White Lion of Ivinghoe Beacon


Where are the Chilterns? This is an area of England which incorporates Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. The White Lion in the Photo above was created in 1933. It was built to show the position of Whipsnade Wildlife Park which is situated just above the Lion itself. And is well known as the Lion of the Chilterns.

It covers a huge area and is one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. There are loads to do in the Summer, and I have enjoyed many a day wandering around beautiful gardens, exploring Castles and visiting the local Zoo.

We spent some time last year once again meandering around the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is in Berkshire. And even though I have visited it so many times over the years it never fails to delight me.

The town itself is always full of tourists, horse and carriages. And if you are lucky you will get the see the Royal Standard flying, this is the flag that shows that the Queen is in residence!

Windsor Castle.


Behind the scenes look inside Windsor Castle. See the Queen, Royal Weddings, State Functions

Things To See In Windsor Castle.

A castle isn't just a fortified building to keep out the bad guys, well at least not these days! There are a number of really cool things to see in Windsor Castle.

Queen Mary's Doll House.

The miniature house is a wonderful sight to see. Children will love it. It was built in 1924 for Queen Mary. It even has electricity and water! The miniature people, clothes, rooms and furniture will keep kids amused for ages.

The Changing of the Guard.

This starts at 11.00 am and lasts for approximately 30 minutes.

The King's Bedchamber.

Take a look at the amazing bedchamber, made originally for the visit of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie when they came to visit Queen Victoria back in 1855.

There is also the amazing St. Georges Chapel where the Queen and all the Royals come to Pray. This has also been the scene of at least 20 Royal Weddings over the centuries. Come and take a walk in the footsteps of the royal family.

The Chapel itself has a great eerie atmosphere. Many royals are buried here, and you get the sense of stepping back in time when you are walking around.

The Kings Bed Chamber

The Kings Bed Chamber

Visiting Times.

There are a few times in the year when parts of the Castle are closed to the public. This is either because they are doing maintenance on the parts that are frequently used or because the Queen is in residence. There are of course times when there could be visiting heads of state. So always go Online to check out the most up to date information.

Dormouse Sleeping in the Ancient Woodlands

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The Chilterns.


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Didcot Railway Center

Now you may be thinking, trains? What? But bear with me! This one is for the kids, or the child in you!

This is a step into the past of steam railway. Along with Brunels railway, they show steam engines, coaches wagons and so on.

And they have great days out for the children with, wait for it, yes good old Peppa Pig Steam Rides, and of course Thomas the Tank Engine!

Beconscot Model Village


Beconscot Model Village

Beconscot Model Village is situated in Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire, and is the world's oldest type of model village. Along with the mini railway, it has been open ever since 1929. I remember spending many a happy hour just walking around the amazing tiny villages, watching the small train chugging along its path through the town and vast area of amazing gardens.

The actual time frame centered around the village is the 1930s. It's a real step into the past, and miles away from the hustle and bustle of the real world.

The amazing thing is that it has over ten miles of model railway track, and the views are wonderful.

And don't forget to take that mini train ride around the park! Great day out!

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Do You Like Stately Homes? Cliveden.

Cliveden is a mansion situated on a huge estate in Taplow Buckinghamshire. With grounds sloping down to the river, and amazing views this really is one place you don't want to miss. Over the years it has been owned by three countesses, an Earl, A Prince of Wales, two Dukes, and the Viscounts Astor.

What is there to say about this house? Well plenty, but I will have to show you, otherwise we would be here all day! There is so much to see and do.

If you like walking then there are the amazing gardens, woodlands, chapels and the house itself.

Its a wonderful day out. There is even a huge Maze so you can get lost and have fun!

Prices and Times.

There are various prices all depending on what time of year you go. They can also vary with their timetable. For up to date info please click on:

Cliveden Prices and Time Table.

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A Great Place To Start!

There is so much to do within the area of the Chilterns.

But if you want to venture out further then there is something pretty special going on just outside of Berkhamstead. 9 miles away in fact. Its the Harry Potter experience!

You get to see the sets, costumes and props. Along with the special affects and animatronics that made these films great!

This is the Studio Tour that shouldn't be missed! For more info just go to:

So there you go! Why not come along for a visit? You will never be bored!

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Nell Rose (author) from England on July 22, 2015:

Hi lex, thanks so much for reading, and yes its lovely isn't it? I have been there lots of times, I never get fed up of it, nell

lex123 on July 21, 2015:

Windsor Castle is an amazing place to visit, and I had been there twice. Reading this hub brought me back the beautiful memories of my visit.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 29, 2014:

Hi pras, great to see you again! hope everythings going well for you? thanks for reading, yes Windsor is a lovely place to visit, nell

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 28, 2014:

Hi, Nell. I am so happy to see you again. Wow...I love this hub very much. The pictures so beautiful with very well explanation. I hope I can go there someday. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 28, 2014:

Hi ihoxie, thanks for reading, yes I love those miniatures too! especially when I was a child I couldn't be dragged away from them! lol! yes come on over you would love it!

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on August 28, 2014:

I loved taking a virtual tour through Windsor Castle and the Chilterns with you. Thanks for taking us there. Lovely photos. I love the little miniatures. They did something similar at Bellagio one year in Vegas at the Atrium one year and that was my favorite display. Might just have to add Windsor Castle and the Chilterns to my Bucket list!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 28, 2014:

Hi poet, thanks so much, its a shame you can't visit England I know you would totally love it! i love castles can't imagine not being able to visit them, nell

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on August 27, 2014:

I don't travel well but this so makes me want to visit England. Charming and enchanting really don't do justice to the world you have painted. I love visiting your articles on places over there. They are always so much fun!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 28, 2014:

Thanks so much Chitrangada, it is a lovely place, I am so lucky to live nearby, nell

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 28, 2014:

What a wonderful hub!

The pictures are amazing and your description makes me want to visit this fascinating place. Truly majestic!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 20, 2014:

Thanks Susan, yes Windsor is lovely isn't it? I have relatives that live there so often visit, I live just a few miles away, thanks so much for reading, nell

Susan Hambidge from Kent, England on July 20, 2014:

I leave not far from many of these wonderful places! Windsor and Eton are lovely towns to wander around with smashing little tea and coffee places to stop at. I have never been to Cliveden House though, I'm going to look into visiting after reading this!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 17, 2014:

Hi, I am fed up of calling you LadyF, gonna call you Jo. So, hey Jo! LOL! and yes all the doors and windows are closed, but, its starting to storm, lightning and thunder, yeeks! more scary than ghosts! lol! thanks for always making me laugh!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 17, 2014:

lol at chasing ghost and horn head people well , what I meant you're more familiar with them than me ha ha ha . I see you have some interesting hubs will be here soon to read some, I can depend on you to laugh out loud. your nutsy lmbo. Its after midnight now in England make sure all your doors and windows are locked. Opsy I forgot ghosts can walk through the door.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 15, 2014:

lol! sounds like I go chasing ghosts and horn headed people LadyF! I did write a hub about the Hellfire Caves, that was haunted, I love my hauntings, done so many of them! hope your having a great day, nell

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 15, 2014:

LOL thank U i wanted to know what's all these shire and shire is about . You know somethings have dark meaning behind it lol was just making sure. No it was not an Abbey nah was some Garden or Park lol where the Queen etc use to used. Then again you will know better let me not argue your the one who knows more about ghost an horn head people. LMBO he he he

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2014:

Hi LF, no that was Bisham Abbey i think? lol! ooh that's a question, shire? hang on, going to check.....the word is taken from the old English meaning county, it was used before the word county was brought over by William the Conqueror of France. its taken from the word scis! I never knew that either! lol! thanks as always, nell

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 14, 2014:

Nicely done Nell , isn't this Windsor castle the same castle you spoke about a ghost being there at nights and he hung himself? Or was it Windsor park? Because if its the ghost castle i cannot visit LMBO. hmmmm

By the way , why do all these places end with " shire" is that England's magic word ?

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 05, 2014:

Hi Shyron, thanks so much, hope you have a wonderful weekend, nell

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 04, 2014:

Thank you Nell for all the lovely pictures, they make me wan to visit.

Voted up, ABI, and shared

Have a blessed day


Nell Rose (author) from England on May 18, 2014:

Hiya Gordon, Windsor Castle is amazing isn't it? thanks for the email too, great to hear from you, take care, and happy fishing! lol!

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 18, 2014:

I loved visiting Windsor Castle when I lived in Middlesex, Nell. The castle and the surrounding area is so beautiful and my only regret is that I didn't spend more time out to the West and less in the City... Still - next time! You truly do live in a beautiful part of the world and I know that from experience :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 14, 2014:

Hi Deb, lol! yes I am sure there are birds there too! it really is a good area for birdlife, as well as having a good time, thanks so much for reading, nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 14, 2014:

Sounds like a great way to spend a week or so. I love to play, so this would be right up my alley. Naturally, I'd still have to photograph my birds!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 08, 2014:

Hi Maggie, yes I haven't been for some years, but I do remember how amazing Beconscot is, and of course Windsor too, not only the Castle, but they have coach rides up and down the town too, thanks for reading, and I hope you find somewhere to take your children, the summer holidays are on the way, and with six weeks off that's a lot of amusement! lol!

Maggie.L from UK on May 08, 2014:

What an interesting article about places to visit in England. I've been thinking about places I could take my children this summer and you've given me some great ideas. I'd love to visit the Beconscot Model Village. Thanks for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 02, 2014:

Sorry Carter, I totally missed your comment. thanks so much for reading, and I do hope you get to see Windsor Castle, its an amazing place, nell

Mary from Cronulla NSW on May 01, 2014:

Hi Nell..enjoyable reading here..I haven't been to Windsor Castle as yet but maybe one day..there is always so much to see and do when we get OS and I still feel like I've only just scratched the surface even though I've been to the UK & Europe 3 times now..will share this..cheers

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 19, 2014:

Hi suzette, thanks so much for reading, wow, you did get to visit Windsor? its amazing isn't it? good luck on coming back over, theres so much more to do, have a great Easter Sunday! nell

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 19, 2014:

What a great travel hub, Nell! I didn't realize I have been to Berkshire until I read this hub. I have visited Windsor and the castle and it is a beautiful village and fortress. I love all the pagentry of the Royals! lol.

The other places you write about are so interesting too. Another reason to return to England for a visit. Your country is beautiful!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2014:

Hi Glimmer, I am glad you got to visit Windsor Castle, its amazing isn't it? the trouble is when we are touring there is only so much we can get to see, so hope you get another chance to come over, and thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2014:

Thanks Jackie!

Claudia Porter on April 18, 2014:

Wish I had this article 15 years ago when I went to London. I did go to Windsor Castle which was absolutely incredible. I still remember the tour today. The art was stunning as were the furnishings. The town was lovely too, even though it was overrun by tourists (including me). I'd like to visit some of these other places next time I'm lucky enough to head over.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 17, 2014:

Happy Easter! ^+

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 17, 2014:

Hi Suzanne, yes the dollhouse is amazing! but I have to admit to loving the model village, because I am such a child at heart! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 16, 2014:

The Chilterns look like a marvellous place to visit and there's a lot to do! If I had to pick my favourites, I would check out Queen Mary's dollhouse, the Beaconscot Model Village and walking around Cliveden. Voted awesome and up!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 16, 2014:

Thanks tipi, glad you liked it, come on over! lol! I would be your tour guide, we could go investigate all the haunted castles! lol! thanks as always, nell

Tammy on April 15, 2014:

Amazing! I am adding this to my bucket list of places to visit. What an adventure that would be! How exciting to have that in your own back yard. Thanks for sharing this armchair adventure.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 15, 2014:

Hi Wiccan, thanks so much for reading, yes I couldn't resist it! lol!

Mackenzie Sage Wright on April 15, 2014:

I love your travel articles, what great images. This is so nice to be able to virtually explore places I will probably never be able to go. I love the photo of the cute sleeping door mouse, lol. Excellent hub, voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 12, 2014:

Hi pras, great to see you! thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 12, 2014:

Wow....I can't say anything except...beautiful. I love all pictures here. My imagination fly to those place. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Nell, my vote always for you. (useful, awesome. beautiful, interesting).


Nell Rose (author) from England on April 11, 2014:

Thanks Turtle, yes that dolls house is lovely! all the castle is amazing, I love history so I could move in there! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 11, 2014:

Thanks Alicia, you would love Cliveden, its an amazing stately home, I love visiting there, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 11, 2014:

Hi DDE, thanks so much for reading, glad you liked it, and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 11, 2014:

Thanks Cynthia, never been to the races! I really must go, I do go to Windsor quite often though, so I will have to check it out, nell

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on April 11, 2014:

Great information and beautiful photos Nell. It's years since I toured Windsor castle - you tend not to do things on your doorstep alas. The racing in Windsor is a good evening out if the weather is nice

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 11, 2014:

A great hub on such a wonderful place. The photos are beautiful and I can only imagine the rest.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 10, 2014:

This sounds like a lovely area to explore, Nell. I've been to Windsor castle, but not to the other places that you describe. Thanks for the interesting and enjoyable tour!

TurtleDog on April 10, 2014:

Changing of the guard must be an interesting site. I admit, I'm not into miniatures but that doll house sounds like something I'd like to move into. Thanks for the post!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 10, 2014:

Thanks Martie, I can just imagine you wandering around the castles, one after the other! lol! there's quite a few over here! you should come visit! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 10, 2014:

Hi Miz, yes the Queen was really pretty wasn't she? I love castles, there is something so olde worlde about them! lol! timeless, I do hope you get to see some, and thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 10, 2014:

lol! alan, I never know whether its bare or bear! mind you a big grumpy bear doesn't cut it does it? I won't add info to the castle as someone else has written about it, its a great read, its by Gordon Hamilton. The model village is something we used to go to when we were kids, its great! thanks for reading, nell

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on April 10, 2014:

I like that: 'bare with me', were you planning a group strip?

Seriously though, the St George's Chapel also has the original arms of the Order of the Garter established by King Edward III.

I've only been to Windsor once, with the little woman. The station was the first thing that struck me. Very 'Olde Worlde', early Victorian. Very odd with the modern electric multiple unit parked at the platform. Not far to go to the riverside, either.

The model village looks interesting as well. Right up my street.