Why You Should Try Slough at Least Once in Your Life

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It seems to me that Slough is not very well advertised in terms of tourism. It is known as a place to do business, with connections to London and the Slough conference centre. Or, it is known as a place to pass through, being so close to Heathrow, the largest airport in the UK and the only British air hub, where international passengers get onto connecting flights. But there really is more to see and do here:

Windsor Castle

You may not realize, but one of the oldest castles (and one which is still inhabited by Elizabeth II) is just ten minutes from the centre of Slough and there are plenty of hotels near Windsor Castle. Windsor is the much better cultured and famous neighbor of Slough, but there are hardly any miles between them.  Large areas of the castle are open to the public, including the fabulous grounds and towers. It is possible to enjoy a horse and carriage ride in summer, to really pretend that you are Lord or Lady of the manor.

Legoland

So this may be one designed for the younger visitors, but it is excellent nonetheless. The park is divided up into several different areas, with unique themes such as Pirates, Ancient Egypt, Arthurian Britain and Gold Rush American, among others. Children can even earn their “driving license” on the Legoland cars.

Eton College

This is a piece of particularly British history. It was set up in 1440 by King Henry VIII to educate talented boys from the age of 13 in prayer and Latin –which was the language of Law and Business. These days the school is still open and teachers and boarding school pupils still reside on the premises, but all are welcome to come on a guided tour.

Thorpe Park

Just like it’s cousin, Alton Towers, further into the north of the country, this theme park provides thrills and spills in bucket loads. The roller coasters range from those that are not for the faint hearted to ones suitable for toddlers (although these are a little more sedate!). Classics such as Nemesis and Inferno can be found alongside the new take on a haunted house- Saw. Ride if you dare!

Ascot Racecourse

For something a little bit more glamorous you could try Royal Ascot and Ladies Day, where there is a prize for the best-dressed lady and watching the races is accompanied by Champagne.

Kew Gardens

The gardens are just 25 minutes away but they feel as though they are somewhere much more exotic. Besides being world renowned for the collection of plants, and relied on by botanical students from far and wide, this is a wonderful day out for the whole family. The highlight has to be the Rainforest tree top walk, where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the collections.

Hopefully this mini-guide has helped to spread the word about Slough – and that it really does have more to it than offices and roundabouts!

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