Local area of Great Fosters, Surrey

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Windsor Castle

Visit the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the Queen’s three official residences (it's her favourite!). See where Prince Harry & Meghan Markle married in St George's Chapel and admire Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a masterpiece in miniature. The State Apartments and magnificent formal rooms used by the Queen for state and official occasions are truly majestic. There is a free multi media tour and activity trail aimed at children aged 5 - 11. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is definitely not to be missed.

Hampton Court Palace & Garden

Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames. They are home to the world's oldest puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine, three National Plant Collections and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.  Experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor court and admire Henry’s Great Hall, the infamous Haunted Gallery and the Tudor kitchens. Discover the spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II and explore the magnificent gardens, which include a maze. A 30 minute drive from Great Fosters.

RHS Wisley

The flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society and one of the great gardens of the world, RHS Wisley houses one of the largest plant collections in the world and is a fabulous place to visit at all times of the year.  The gardens delight through every season: enjoy swathes of bulbs and blossom in spring, unforgettable mixed borders and roses in summer, autumn’s bountiful colours, and frost-sparkled walks in winter and don't miss the stunning Glasshouse.  There are acres for children to run through and explore and children are welcomed with open arms. Explore the Back to Nature garden designed by the Duchess of Cambridge. It's an exciting and inspiring garden space for children and families to play, discover and relax in, while connecting with the great outdoors. Fun play elements include two treehouses linked via an aerial walkway, swings, slides and trampolines, as well as a hollow log for climbing on and crawling through, a stream with water pumps, dens for hiding, a living willow pod, hidden burrow and giant sand pit! Lots of fun & interesting children's activities are always laid on during the school holidays. Wisley is well known for its delicious cakes and there are several cafes dotted throughout the garden.  A 25 minute drive from the hotel.

Kew Gardens

A UNESCO world heritage site, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has a magnificent scientific collection of plants from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates.  Stroll along magnificent treetop walkway to admire the views across London & Surrey before you discover some of the world's rarest temperate zone plants in the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.  Kew also has an exciting new garden especially designed for children aged 2 to 12 years old.  Based in a natural setting the size of 40 tennis courts(!), children can explore four different areas based on all the things plants need to grow; earth, air, sun and water.  Over 100 mature trees are spread over the children's garden with hidden treasures and adventures around every corner, leading to a 4m high canopy walk wrapped around a 200-year-old oak in the centre of the garden.

Syon Park & Garden

Syon is one of the last great houses of London, and has been in the family of the present owners for more than 400 years. The 100 acres of park and gardens feel like deep countryside, although they are only 9 miles from central London. The extensive tree collection dates back to the plantings of the late eighteenth century.

Painshill Park

Painshill 18th century landscape garden was created between 1738 and 1773, by the Hon. Charles Hamilton. His vision was to create ‘living paintings’ in a new style of magical garden. Inspired by Renaissance art and his Grand Tours, he went on to create a sequence of breathtaking and surprising vistas in his garden.

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is the perfect destination if you're looking to get your adrenaline pumping during your stay.  Home to over 30 thrilling rides, attractions & live events Thorpe Park is the ultimate destination for thrill seekers featuring some of the UK's most popular roller coasters. Reach new heights with Stealth the UK's fastest roller coaster launching riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds. Take flight on The Swarm the UK's only winged coaster, or face one of Jigsaw's most twisted traps with SAW - The Ride the world's first horror themed roller coaster featuring a 100ft "beyond-vertical" drop. The perfect day out for teenagers!  A 10 minute drive from Great Fosters.

Legoland

Legoland Windsor is a unique family theme park where pre school & primary aged children can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas!  It has over 55 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.  Prepare for a soaking on wet and wild water rides or follow a pirate trail that'll leave you wetter than walking the plank.  The many interactive rides put you, quite literally, in the driving seat.  Steer your own course on the Driving School or be captain of your vessel at the Boating School.  Young and old alike will be fascinated by the incredible LEGO models throughout the park.  From comical camels to fearsome fire-breathing dragons, world landmarks to musical pirates, it's amazing what can be built with LEGO bricks - nearly 55 million of them!  A 20 minute drive from Great Fosters.

Brooklands Museum

Explore this unique museum through hands-on and interactive experiences. Brooklands Museum is a fantastic place for a family outing, with free trails, which can be collected from the shop on arrival.  Explore up close a fantastic selection of vintage aircraft, cars, motor cycles, weapons and missiles or take the Brooklands Concorde Experience and see inside the World's most famous aircraft. Children can learn about the supersonic age in a fascinating 35 minute on board tour. Brooklands is a fantastic day out and many of the tour guides are ex racing drivers or pilots & keen to impart their knowledge and enthuse the next generation.

Windsor Great Park

Take a walk round the lake or just enjoy a stroll through the queen's back garden. The ornamental Cascade waterfall is always a favourite feature and children particularly love the towering 100 foot Totem Pole.  Venture towards Windsor and you will even see the deer herd.  There are stables where you can book a horse ride through the Queen's back garden or why not hire a horse & carriage and enjoy a traditional horse drawn carriage ride through the park? Virginia Water is also perfect for a family cycle / scooter ride with its miles of cycle & walking routes.

Riverboats on the Thames

Board the 'Lucy Fisher', a replica of a Victorian paddle steamer at the Runnymede Boathouse and cruise upstream to the Bells of Ouzeley, which is featured in Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat".  Here the boat turns, heading downstream passing the Memorials, and onto the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds where the boat stops for 5 minutes so that passengers may embark or disembark making the trip ideal for families who like to picnic.  Or pick up a cruise into Windsor and arrive into Windsor by boat!

 

Summer months only. The boats 15 minutes from Great Fosters

Theatre Royal Windsor

With an ever-evolving calendar of fantastic productions, Theatre Royal Windsor is the best destination locally to enjoy a diverse range of live entertainment, including musical performances and dramatic theatre.

Go Ape!

Located in Bracknell Forest Go Ape has two different activities on offer - the Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure. Go Ape is an award winning high wire forest adventure of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip wires up to 40ft in the trees!  Scream your way around Swinley Forest on the Challenge route & be prepared for 2-3 hours of tree-to-tree obstacles designed to get the adrenaline pumping and the heart thumping.  If you and the family fancy something a little more sedate, buckle up and hook onto the slightly less energetic Treetop Adventure route.

Thorpe Lakes Water Park

Take on the Ultimate Floating Obstacle Course - a fun inflatable water park 10 minutes from the hotel Suitable for children aged 6 and above (if accompanied by an adult) or aged 8 if unaccompanied.  Wetsuits can be hired and life jackets are included in the ticket price. Open May - September.

Windsor shopping

With a variety of high-street names and independent retailers, the royal borough of Windsor is the perfect destination to shop til' you drop and treat yourself to a special souvenir.

Thorpe Lakes Water Park

Take on the Ultimate Floating Obstacle Course - a fun inflatable water park 10 minutes from the hotel Suitable for children aged 6 and above (if accompanied by an adult) or aged 8 if unaccompanied.  Wetsuits can be hired and life jackets are included in the ticket price. Open May - September.