As an ex-Windsor resident myself, this rather excited me – as Windsor Castle is for the first time going to let tourists ascend to the top of the Round Tower that dominates the stony fortress.

OK – it’s not London, but indulge my interest in getting to the top of tall things!

Official blurb: On a new guided tour, ‘Conquer the Tower’, they ascend 200 steps to a height of 65.5 metres above the River Thames, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the Castle and Windsor Great Park, the Thames Valley and the London skyline.

Translation: Climb very tall, very old tower and take lots of photos.

The Round Tower can be quite rightly said to dominate the area, and although its core can be dated back to the 12th century, most of what we see is actually a 19th-century refurbishment.

Conquer the Tower tours last approximately 45 minutes and run daily from 1 August to 30 September 2011.

There is a local version of the London Eye sitting down by the river, who might have to pack up and go home for a few months – as who will want to look up at the tower, when you can look down on the wheel?

More at the Windsor Castle website.

View from the Round Tower

The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle as seen from The Copper Horse – taken by me last year

More photos at The Monarchy Flickr collection

Other Tower climbing blog posts that might be of interest:

Climbing up the outside of the White Tower in the Tower of London

Photos of London from the top of the Millbank Tower

A tour of London Underground’s Art Deco HQ Building

Ascending the Limehouse Accumulator Tower

Photos from the roof of Senate House


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  1. The photos are GREAT and the information even better.
    I’ve been at Windsor few times but now I have another reason to go back.

  2. Alexis says:

    Wow! Thanks for writing this, I keep on forgetting about Windsor Castle whenever I go to London.

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