Five things to do during your stay at Royal Holloway

Whether you’re in town for a conference or a guest at a wedding, Royal Holloway, University of London is ideally situated in the heart of the Surrey countryside, just a short distance from central London. This best-of-both-worlds location means that there’s plenty to see and do during your stay – here are some of our top picks.

Explore the grounds

If you’re pressed for time, don’t worry – there’s so much to see on the campus itself. Explore our rich history, from our spectacular chapel and to the Victorian architecture commissioned by Thomas Holloway, designed by William Henry Crossland before being opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. Browse our Picture Gallery, housing the UK’s finest collection of Victorian art or simply take a stroll through our beautifully maintained woodlands.

Visit Windsor Great Park

We are fortunate enough to have the glorious Windsor Great Park on our doorstep. Explore the beautiful grounds of The Crown Estate, treat yourself to an ice cream and marvel at its awe-inspiring 100ft totem pole, a gift from the people of Canada to HM the Queen in 1958. Windsor Great Park is also home to The Savill Garden, Britain’s finest ornamental garden.

Take a day trip to London

If you’re visiting from abroad, you’re in luck. Egham station has fantastic transport links into central London, with a direct service to Richmond, Clapham Junction and Waterloo. See all of London’s iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament. Shop till you drop on Oxford Street or have a curry and a look at the quirky shops and street art in east London’s Brick Lane.

Have a royal day out in Windsor

Tour the historical Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Tour the castle or just watch the changing of the guard. If you’re not a heritage lover, then there’s still plenty to do. Windsor is home to some diverse and fantastic shops and restaurants, river and blue badge tours and more. And if you’re visiting with family, Legoland is two miles from the town centre.

The Magna Carta, Airforce and John F. Kennedy memorials

These three landmarks are situated at Runnymede Meadow within short walking distance of one another. The Magna Carta memorial marks the site where King John sealed the Magna Carta and was created by the American Bar Association in 1957. Close by is the John F. Kennedy memorial and further up the slope is the Airforce Memorial – it commemorates the loss of 20,456 WW2 airmen who have no known grave. From the top of the Airforce Memorial, seven counties are visible and even The Gherkin can be seen on a clear day.