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Windsor Castle with the kids

Windsor Castle needs little introduction. Perhaps just a warm up for the kids: this is largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen.

 

There are tones of history, in here a link with facts which I found palatable for little people. There are also over 10 acres of land with stunning gardens, castle, towers, state rooms and magnificent chapel to mention just a few.

 

And equally impressive are the queues on a Saturday! But there will be amazing distractions with the Changing guards taking place at 11am. And afterall these days we all appreciate thorough security checks especially for such prime sites (so do expect airport style checks!). But one can easily talk to the kids over 20 minutes about the Queens’s guards bearskin hats and their tales, their swords, loaded arms and exaggerated steps. The rest of time, one could be simply build further the kids anticipation, go through historical milestones and kings – smart phones and links above are parents best friends! And if everything fails (as for our 15 months old), wondering around is another option.

 

Once we were in, our boys were quite ecstatic running around the cobbled lanes and soaking in the views with the towers, fortresses and the palatial surroundings. Each Saturday and school holidays there are organised activities for kids plus on any occasion games, trails, quiz sheets; but we preferred a freestyle wander round on this visit.

 

We took a picnic for the young men, I find it handier when there’s so much gorgeous sightseeing. And after lunch with a sleeping 14 months old, we took turns to relax in the sun and visit the State Apartments with our almost 4 years old – who ended up going round twice (as one could expect, no prams are allowed in here).

 

Our eldest loved Queen Mary’s Dolls’ house – and rightly renamed it Dolls’ palace. The knights apparel was equally fascinating, we talked about swords, origins and times; shields and armours, how heavy and how protecting, long numerous guns and weapons, sculptures and paintings and so on.

More Queen’s guards walking around inside the Castle with swords, their funny bearskin hats, imposing uniforms – a highlight for our boys!

 

A well deserved ice-cream break for all of us, more wandering around and St George’s  Chapel and we concluded a wonderful dayout.

The kids loved it and unsurprisingly since, I kept on hearing about going back to Her Majesty palace. Both boys fancy themselves now as Queen’s guards and keep walking around the house with their pretend swords and hats – such a welcome change to the usual Spidermen mischief!

 

Ps: many thanks to the Royal Collection Trust for the press tickets. Impressions and pictures entirely ours.

5 comments on “Windsor Castle with the kids

  1. Zen Babytravel
    July 18, 2017
    Wander Mum
  2. WanderMum
    July 24, 2017

    I’m really looking forward to visiting Windsor castle one day! I used to work nearby but have never actually been in! My eldest daughter would love it. You certainly got a beautiful day for your visit! Love how your boys are taking on guard roles when playing. Very cute. Thanks for the inspiration and linking #citytripping

    • Zen Babytravel
      July 24, 2017

      Fully agreed, your eldest daughter will love it, lots of fairy-tale stuff going on ! Happy summer to you ladies, hopefully these grey skies will clear up at some point!

      • WanderMum
        July 25, 2017

        You too! Have a wonderful time! X

  3. Yacon Root
    August 31, 2017

    Fantastic Site. Really enjoyed reading.

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