Historical attractions

 

Historical Attractions

Historically important Runnymede, site of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John in the 12th Century, is just a 10 minute drive from Datchet. Also located in Runnymede are many memorials located throughout the scenic area.

Windsor Castle was originally built for defence purposes by William the Conqueror in 1070 as a wooden keep on a chalk hill. King Edward III expanded the castle into a palce in 1348 and started his famous Order of the Garter. Influenced by stories of the legendary King Arthur, King Edward II established an order of 26 knights and presided over them at a round table, with a blue garter as their symbol. Even today, the membership is regarded as a great honour. The Castle is also one of the Queen's Official Residences, look out for the Royal Standard flying which lets you know the Queen is in residence.

The Changing of the Guard is a long held tradition in Windsor. Occuring on alternate days throughout summer, you can watch the Guards accompanied by a band (weather permitting)

The town of Eton is located over the bridge from Windsor and is the home of the world famous Eton College.

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