The Royal Wedding: Are you heading to Windsor?
How to get to Windsor and the best spots to see our fave royal couple tie the knot 👰🤵
Harry and Meghan’s wedding is set to be the highlight of the social calendar. Millions will be tuning in around the world to watch them tie the knot, with tens of thousands expected to head to Windsor to see them in person.
Where can I spot the royal couple?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the know at a ceremony in St George’s Chapel. Straight afterwards, they will embark on their first royal tour as husband and wife, through Windsor.
Well-wishers and fans of the royal couple are expected to line the streets to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds in the flesh, and you can too! The carriage procession will last around 25 minutes and we’ve got the lowdown on the best places to watch.
The Long Walk
The best position for royal-watching is along the 2.64 mile ‘Long Walk’ from Snow Hill to the castle gates. There will be thousands of spectators lining the walk as Harry and Meghan end their carriage procession. You’ll also be able to watch the ceremony from the Long Walk, where it will be streamed on live screens.
Snow Hill provides an aerial view of the procession. The couple is in luck with good weather forecast, so bring a picnic blanket and make the most of your day!
The Town Centre
The carriage will pass through the busy streets of the town centre. It’s bound to be jam packed full of spectators so get their early for a good view! The atmosphere should be buzzing, with bunting, entertainment and plenty of food stands to keep well-wishers occupied. The procession route will pass along Castle Street, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road and finish on the Long Walk.
Driving to Windsor for the Royal Wedding
If you’re driving to Windsor for the royal wedding, be prepared to leave early and hit traffic! If you’re driving a long way, make sure you take regular breaks and consider sharing the driving. There will be a series of road closures in Windsor.
The procession route and surrounding roads will be closed from 10pm on Friday 18th May, until late on Saturday 19th May. On Saturday, the following roads will be closed from 6am: Maidenhead Road, Clarence Road, Alma Road, St Leonards Road, Frances Road, Barry Avenue, and Datchet Road. Make sure you factor these in when planning your route to and from Windsor.
Once you arrive, you have three options for parking:
Review Ground, Windsor Great Park
There are 6,000 designated parking spaces available at this ground, south of Windsor Castle. However, tickets must be pre-booked for £30. They are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. The car park is open from 4am-10pm.
Windsor Racecourse’s Park and Float
There are 3,000 parking spaces available for £30 each and must be booked in advance. Windsor Racecourse also offers a ‘Park and Float’ service, where you can purchase a return riverboat from the racecourse to the town centre for £10. The racecourse also offers caravanning and camping.
The Windsor Boys’ School
There will be an additional 1000 parking spaces available at The Windsor Boys’ School. Spaces will cost you £30 cash on the day and cannot be booked in advance. Make sure you arrive early to bag your spot. The gates open at 4am.
Getting the train to Windsor
Rail operators will be running a bumper service to help everyone get in and out of Windsor for the celebrations as tens of thousands of people are expected to make their way using public transport.
Great Western and South Western will be increasing train frequency and capacity on the royal wedding day. Trains will be running with extra carriages up to four times an hour from London Waterloo, as well as Slough. Windsor and Eton Central, and Windsor and Eton Riverside train stations are within minutes of the town centre and Windsor Castle.
Londoners should take the South Western Railway direct train from Waterloo to Windsor and Eton riverside. There will be four departures per hour from Waterloo. Avoid the Paddington-Slough-Windsor route to ease congestion.
From South Wales and The West of England
Great Western railways services run to Windsor and Eton station via Slough. The service will run with four carriages every 20 minutes on Saturday. You can also hop off at slough and take a shuttle bus into Windsor.
From The Midlands
Those in the Midlands should take a Cross Country service from Birmingham New Street to Slough, where you can change for Eton Riverside. Alternatively, take the shuttle bus from Slough into Windsor.
From The North
Northerners have a long journey ahead and will have to change at London terminals for Windsor. If you’re travelling from Manchester you could take a virgin train to London or a Cross Country service into Reading.
Remember that this is the social event of the year, and is set to be one of the busiest days for transport. However you decide to travel make sure you sort as much in advance as possible. If you’re driving, make sure you’ve planned your route, booked your parking, and if necessary, arranged Temporary Car Insurance to split the driving.
If you’re travelling on public transport, choose the easiest route following service providers advice, book your tickets in advance, and leave plenty of time.
Pack plenty of snacks and water for your day, get your glad rags on and have your flags at the ready for what is sure to be a wedding to remember!