I arrived at Windsor quite early on a Friday morning about 40 minutes before the visitor’s entrance of Windsor castle opened. The visitor entrance of the famous castle does not open until 9:45am and I arrived in Windsor just after 9:00 in the morning. There were shops around the train station but they were not open yet, not even the visitor information center located at the train station. So what do you do to kill time? I decided to walk around not far from the train station to take photos of the town.
Even though it was already pass 9:00am, the town was still a bit quiet. You can see cars and other vehicles driving down the streets however there is no hustle and bustle around this part of town that I was expecting. Windsor, after all, is a tourist town. People go here to see the castle more than anything else. The reason why it is still quiet, I later realized was because the tour buses had not arrived yet. It felt like I was the first visitor to be there.
But soon after my tour of the castle was done (it took about two and a half hours to see everything), I saw how busy the town of Windsor had become as soon as I exited the castle. People were everywhere. Some of which you cannot tell if they were tourists or locals until they started talking. Most of them were sitting by the entrance of the castle and what seems to be the main almost pedestrian thoroughfare called Peascod Street. This is where the rest of the shops, cafes and restaurants are. You will also find the post office here in case you would like to send some postcards.
Since I have extra time, I decided to wander outside Peascod Street and suddenly I noticed a quieter and empty atmosphere. I thought, “Tourists does not go here.” Not certain about where I was, I decided to head back towards the train station, had lunch at one of the restaurants there and headed back to London at around 3:00pm.
When people go to Windsor, they go to see the castle and leave soon after. By the time I returned to the train station, most of the tourists I saw earlier were gone. But I decided to stay for a little bit to first, to beat all the tourist traffic and secondly to see what the town of Windsor was really like. I wanted to see the town before I go because I may not have the opportunity to be here again. I realized that Windsor, though it has a local school and Eton College within its borders, heavily depends on tourism for a large part of the town’s income. But I do not think there is anything wrong with that, especially if the people of Windsor are very open to the idea of educating visitors about their heritage and culture.