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article imagePhoto Essay: December in Merry Windsor Special

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By Tim Sandle     Dec 9, 2012 in Travel
Windsor - There are many special places in England. One of the most interesting is the old town of Windsor, home of the castle and one of Queen Elizabeth's official residences.
Windsor in located the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is widely known as the site of Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal Family.
A view of Windsor castle on a crisp December morning.
A view of Windsor castle on a crisp December morning.
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Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and royal residence. The original castle was built after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror.
One of the turrets of Windsor Castle.
One of the turrets of Windsor Castle.
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The castle is mainly of a Georgian and Victorian design based on a medieval structure, with Gothic features reinvented in a modern style.
A further picture of the castle.
A further picture of the castle.
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Windsor is situated 21 miles west of Charing Cross (central London), close to the River Thames. Away from the Castle, Windsor is a pretty town with plenty of old buildings and interesting things to see, including an old steam train.
An old locomotive steam engine at Windsor and Eton station.
An old locomotive steam engine at Windsor and Eton station.
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Amongst some of the most interesting old buildings is the old town hall, which has now been converted into a Victorian themed museum:
The old town hall at Windsor  with carving adorning the facade.
The old town hall at Windsor, with carving adorning the facade.
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And around the train station, which leads into a shopping arcade.
Windsor and Eton railway station and its pretty shopping arcade.
Windsor and Eton railway station and its pretty shopping arcade.
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Windsor is particularly well served when it comes to shops. As a tourist town there is a wide selection of gift shops around the castle, together with stylish shops and restaurants in Windsor Royal Station.
Close by are some unusual railings at the top of Peascod Street:
Unusual iron railings  close to Windsor Castle.
Unusual iron railings, close to Windsor Castle.
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The town was also getting busy for Christmas:
Christmas tree at Windsor  close to the main shopping parade.
Christmas tree at Windsor, close to the main shopping parade.
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Christmas decorations in the lobby of one of Windsor s many hotels.
Christmas decorations in the lobby of one of Windsor's many hotels.
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