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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:6.5 hours(Allow at least 8 hours between flights to take this tour)

Independent Layover Tour to Windsor from London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport

Got a long layover at London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport? Get out and explore Windsor with this independent tour. Set off from the airport in a private vehicle with your very own driver, and spend the day at your leisure before enjoying a stress-free return in time to catch your ongoing flight. Enjoy the flexibility of a custom itinerary — simply let your guide know which sights you want to see, from Windsor Castle to the nearby town of Eton, and they’ll take care of the logistics for you. 


  • 6.5-hour layover tour in Windsor from either London Gatwick or London Heathrow Airport (minimum layover of 8 hours required)
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and customize your own route, getting insider tips from your private driver
  • See Windsor Castle – the Queen’s official home
  • Watch soldiers marching along Windsor High Street for the Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Stroll along the famous Long Walk in Windsor Great Park
  • Visit the historic town of Eton and see where Princes William and Harry went to school

What You Can Expect

Independent Layover Tour to Windsor from London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport

Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

If you have 8 hours to spare between flight, leave London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport, and travel west with your private driver to the royal town of Windsor, just under an hour’s drive away. Your exact itinerary of your layover tour is flexible, so you can customize your plans based on your preferences – just let your driver know what you want to see in Windsor and then sit back and enjoy the drive! You'll have roughly four hours in Windsor.

The affluent town is best known as the site of Windsor Castle – the official residence of the Queen and a place well worth visiting (entry at your own expense). Covering an area of roughly 13 acres (5 hectares), Windsor Castle’s grounds include an impressive list of things to see, like the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. Your guide will give you plenty of insider tips about the best areas of the castle to visit, should you wish to.

Windsor’s Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place daily, so you can try to catch it while exploring the town. Usually accompanied by a military band, soldiers march up the high street to Windsor Castle in colorful red tunics and bearskin hats, representing the pomp and ceremony of the British Royal Family that so intrigues visitors to England.

Near the town center is Windsor Great Park -- perfect for a walk or summer’s day picnic! Take a stroll along the famous Long Walk, a 2-mile (3-km) path bordered by symmetrical rows of beautiful trees and neat lawns.

Most itineraries include a drive to Eton, the historic little town just on the other side of the River Thames from Windsor. See Eton College, where Princes William and Harry studied, and browse the town’s endearing collection of independent shops. Alternatively, visit the nearby town of Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215.

Your independent Windsor tour finishes back at London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport, in time for your ongoing flight.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our driver was the best. We cannot believe how much we saw in the amount of time we had. He was amazing and knowledgeable. Then he got us back to the airport in time through the worst London traffic jam we've ever seen. We are still shaking our heads thinking about it.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2015

When looking online... this tour said it was starting at 79. So, when I called and made reservations for 2 people THAT was just TWO people, they said, oh, good for you, there's a 20 off sale for London right now. Your total will be 440! I was like, WTF???? How does it go from 79 158 for two people to 440 AFTER the discount? And then we found out that it did NOT include tickets to Windsor!!!

The drive was lovely... and I know this is his job, but the price was EXTREMELY expensive for what we go!

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