36 members set out by coach and reasonably light traffic meant a fairly early arrival in Windsor, giving everyone the opportunity to spend a pleasant couple of hours wandering around the town. At 1.00 p.m., 28 of us met up at the entrance to the castle for our guided tour, whilst the others simply continued to enjoy their exploration of Windsor.
What an excellent tour this proved to be. Barbara Askew, a blue badge guide who trains and examines the castle’s new guides and who has given talks at our U3A, took us on a fascinating trip of more than one and a half hours round the most important parts of the castle. She provided us with information on the castle’s history, pointed out so many features that the ordinary visitor, even with an audio guide, would probably miss and entertained us with anecdotes from her time at the castle – all invariably interesting.
The tour was, of course, tiring and many weary bodies, including those who had simply come on the trip to spend the day in Windsor, boarded the coach for the journey home – all seemingly happy with their day.