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Kids at Legoland Windsor
  Legoland – If you think you have a lot of Lego at home, see it all at Legoland in Windsor. Toddlers can play in the Duplo section, bigger kids can drive Lego cars, and there's waterworks for water play for everyone (bring your swim suits). A big hit with our kids was "Miniland," miniature Lego versions of famous monuments in England, Scotland, Holland, Italy, Denmark, etc. Visit the Legoland Web site for more details. This is a great day trip from London for kids, combined with a trip to Windsor castle.
    Windsor Castle –
Windsor Castle
    Windsor Castle is English history in a nutshell, and what a majestic nutshell it is. The site has been the official residence of kings and queens from William the Conquerer to the present day. Royals have been born, married and buried in the castle. In 1215, King John stayed at Windsor signing the Magna Carta at nearby Runnymeade. Prince Albert died at Windsor Castle, and both Albert and Queen Victoria are buried in a mausoleum in the Great Park.
      Windsor Castle is big. Walking from the Upper Ward, past the Round Tower, across the Lower Ward, to St. George's Chapel will stretch your legs.
      In St. George's Chapel, Henry VIII is buried next to Jane Seymour, and the stunning gothic interior is decorated with heraldic banners. Sundays, attend services in the chapel.
      The State Apartments are quite impressive, but since since Windsor Castle is a working palace, when Queen Elizabeth is in town, the apartments are closed to visitors.
      Queen Mary's Dolls' House – Queen Mary's Dolls' House is enough to make Barbie jealous. The dollhouse is a microcosm of British life ca. 1924, from miniature crown jewels in their own locked room, to a garage with a Rolls Royce, a kitchen with a coal-burning stove and tins in the pantry, dining table with a full set of silver dishes, linen cupboard with real hand-woven Irish linen, and tiny books in the library written for the dollhouse.
      In summer, watch the changing of the guard at 11:00am, daily except Sundays.
  Tip: Windsor Castle is free with the London Pass.
    Windsor Great Park – The park was once a great royal hunting preserve. Head down the Long Walk, lined with old oak trees – you can run for miles. At the southern end, there are gardens with plants from all over the world, and a large artifical lake, Virginia Water. As you walk around the lake, just imagine the royal barge floating on the water. Don't miss the large totem pole, a gift from British Columbia. Grassy areas are great for kite flying.
    Eton College – Take a tour of the exclusive prep school that Princes William and Harry attended, as well as numerous British prime ministers. Founded in the 15th century, you can wander through the chapel, the oldest classroom, and a museum of life at Eton (if your kids don't like their school uniforms, imagine what it's like to wear pinstripe pants and a black tailcoat.) Or, there's also a one hour guided tour of the school.
kids books england
     
Titus Rules!  
Titus Rules!
Dick King-Smith, John Eastwood

Hilarious fictional adventures of Titus, a dog who lives at Windsor Castle (by Dick King-Smith, author of Babe: The Gallant Pig). Titus is Queen Elizabeth II's favorite corgi – he catches a palace burglar, sleeps on the Queen's bed and loves custard cream cookies. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other London and England pages)
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