River Thames Windsor with swans

2/10 River Thames

The Queen owns all the swans on the River Thames - there’s even a warden to care for them. Although not quite in the same league as her corgis, they still have attitude - hissing and pecking at every passer by. Buy a bag of bird food at the no-frills riverside Mamma-Mia Café (and grab a yummy Italian ice cream for yourself) to make swan-shaped friends before hopping on a French Brothers riverboat cruise. Alternatively, from April 1st there are rowboats and small motor boats to hire by the hour from John Logie Boats and in summer months there are also whisper boat trips that carry passengers in to smaller tributaries, such as Cuckoo Weir, where Eton boys, until the 1950s, were allowed to swim. The newest way to mess about on the river is with Windsor Duck Tours – an amphibious vehicle that gives a tour of Windsor both on land and water.

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