A unique chance to enjoy a guided tour of a historic former royal residence is being offered next month - when Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park throws open its doors.

The 17th century Grade II listed country house in Windsor Great Park 3.5 miles south is now occupied by a charitable foundation which holds residential conferences, lectures and discussions.

It will be opening its doors on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, for the first of two open weekends this year.

There will be guided tours throughout the weekend, starting at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm each day.

Visitors will have the chance to find out about the fascinating history of the building.#

From its Republican roots in the aftermath of the English Civil War, it went on to be home to many of the Rangers of the Great Park, including Prince Christian and Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria.

Today, Cumberland Lodge is home to a charity that runs an annual conference series and educational programmes designed to tackle the causes and effects of social division. It welcomes thousands of guests every year, from all over the world.

Tickets are £2.50, and all proceeds raised will be used to support the charitable work of Cumberland Lodge.

Tours must be booked in advance. There is ample free parking on site.

Contact Emma Albery on 01784 497790 or email ealbery@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk for more information.