Windsor Castle is the best known of the official residences of the British Royal Family. The castle dates back almost 1,000 years, having been built shortly after the Norman Conquest, and is set in 13 acres of beautiful scenery. It became a royal residence in the reign of Henry I and has been in constant use by the monarchy since, making it the longest-occupied palace in Europe.
Originally built as a defencive fortification to protect Norman interests on an important part of the River Thames, the castle withstood a prolonged siege during the First Baron's War in the 13th century. It was also a refuge for the Royal Family during the Second World War. There are many historic and traditional events to experience, such as polo, the Changing of the Guard and carriage rides. A day out in Windsor is an experience not to be missed.
Other attractions in Windsor include Legoland, Windsor Safari Park, the Royal Windsor Wheel and the Thames Valley. Regular return riverboat cruises operate daily from February to November from the Promenade, Barry Avenue. These include forty-minute and two-hour trips and provide unique views of the castle.
One of the most famous public schools in Britain is located near Windsor; Eton College for boys has a long list of distinguished former pupils. Eton pupils are easily distinguishable by their uniform, which consists of a black tail coat, white tie and pin-striped trousers. Sport is very popular at Eton. During the first term, the main sport is football, hockey in the second term and in the third term there is a choice of rowing or cricket.
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