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We are regular visitors to Windsor and have explored much of the town before, so when I was asked if I would review the Window Seat Guide – Windsor Walking Tour I did wonder if I would learn or see anything new, but we did and plenty of it!
How does the app work?
You simply download the app – The Window Seat Guide from the App Store / Google Play. It is free to download and then you pay for the tours you would like to complete.
Once the app is downloaded and you have purchased your tour you are ready to get exploring. Below I have shared some of the highlights from our Windsor Walking Tour.
Highlights of where we walked
During the Windsor Walking Tour we saw a wonderful view of Windsor Castle from the bridge which links Windsor Coach Park and Central Station. It was nice to just stand and observe, we have walked passed here many times before but never really stopped to appreciate the view.
We have never been into the Parish Church, just down the road from Windsor Guildhall. The church was open so we went to have a look inside, the church had a very welcoming sign outside inviting everyone in, whoever you were. I have to say if I hadn’t done this trail I probably wouldn’t have stopped and looked inside the church. The church has some wonderful stain glass windows and there is a knight buried in the grounds.
Another bit of information I took away from the day was to do with the cobbles on Goswell Hill and the fact that the stones were laid this way up the hill to help the horses get a footing up the hill when carrying a heavy load back in the day.
The Young Explorers Challenge
I would recommend downloading the app and The Young Explorers Challenge if you are doing the tour with younger children before heading to Windsor. This will allow you to print the challenge ready for your walking tour. My eldest took a clipboard and pen which worked really well whilst out exploring.
The Young Explorers Challenge is good fun, with lots to see and spot along the route and certainly helped little legs walk a little further as they are always on the look out trying to answer the questions. I have never noticed so many large clocks in Windsor before, but when you start looking it’s amazing how many there are.
How long is the Windsor Walking Tour?
The tour takes 1 hour 30 minutes, however the beauty of this app is, once you have purchased the walking tour you have access to the walk for life. So, if like us, you don’t complete the whole tour you can go back and explore more of Windsor at a later date. Although the circular walking tour has a start and end you don’t actually have to do it in order. We didn’t follow the route from the starting point and this worked really well for us, obviously if you aren’t familiar with the geography of Windsor you might want to start from the beginning and follow the exact recommended route.
What age is the tour suitable for?
The Windsor Walking Tour is suitable for aged 12 years plus, however once you have purchased the walking route for £4.99 you can also access the The Young Explorers Challenge which is a downloadable challenge for younger children with eye-spy style challenges which helps you keep younger children engaged whilst walking around the town.
Great App features?
I thought it was great that after you press the ‘start the tour’ you could either press the ‘next’ button and keep following the tour, or you could click into the map which helps with self navigation but still allows you to access of the information and voice recordings.
It was great that the whole walking tour was just on your phone and you can listen whilst you walk – just make sure you have charge on your phone before taking part in the trail!
At each stop on the map you could listen to a description about the each area / feature of the town you were looking at. The tour is full of interesting information, history and facts. There are also photographs to guide you too.
The app recommended places to stop for food and drink, which I thought was a great asset on the app. You could certainly just go to Windsor solely to do the Windsor Walking Tour and stop for a bite to eat on the way.
If you didn’t quite catch everything on the app whilst doing the walking tour you can also listen at home, I love the fact that the app doesn’t time out and you can keep enjoying the app at your leisure.
Should I invest in The Window Seat Guide – Windsor Walking Tour?
If you are looking to do an outdoor activity as a family, then the Windsor Walking Tour is a great option. It only costs £4.99 and you can use the app as many times as you like. I think it’s a great way of learning about Windsor if you haven’t been to the town much and a fantastic way to discover what is around. If you know Windsor well and have the time and interest in exploring the town in more depth then the Windsor Walking Tour is also fun to do, as you will probably learn a thing or two and from our experience. It certainly made us stop and look at things in more detail. We would normally have just walked pasted a lot of things highlighted on the tour and not taken the time to see, learn and discover more about them.
Thank you for The Window Seat Guide for giving us the opportunity to try out the app, we look forward to using it more in the future to explore the town further.
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