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Windsor Castle

Castle / Fort

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Windsor Castle.  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.

Address/Location

Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 1NJ

Contact

Tel: +44 020 7766 7304

Fax: +44 020 7930 9625

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.

The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres) and contains

• Magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection
• St George's Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs)
• Queen Mary's Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature
• The Drawings Gallery featuring an exhibition (see below for current display).

During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. Standard admission charges apply. The Semi-State Rooms will  re-open to the public on Saturday, 26 September 2015.

The East End of the North Terrace will be open to the public on 27 July until 27 September.

Frogmore House and Gardens will be open to the public on the 25, 26 and 27 August from 10:00 until 17:30 with last admission at 16:00.  Tickets may be purchased on arrival (cash only) or in advance from the Royal Collection Ticket Sales and Information Office (020 7766 7305).  Access via Park Street onto the Long Walk.  Parking is available.

Conquer the Tower – this add-on tour takes visitors to the height of 65.5m above the River Thames to enjoy breath-taking views of the Castle and Windsor Great Park, the Thames Valley and the London skyline.  See the Royal Collection website for further details and prices.

The Great Kitchen – this add-on tour of the Great Kitchen offers a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes life of the Castle.  See the Royal Collection website for further details and prices.

The Moat Garden will be open each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during August, with all proceeds donated to charity.  Normal Castle opening times apply.

The Drawings Gallery
The Drawings Gallery displays changing exhibitions of material from the Royal Collection.

Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015
Windsor Castle 31 January 2015 – January 2016

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon. In celebration of the allied victory, George IV created the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, a grand space filled with portraits of those instrumental in the victory, among them the Duke of Wellington. Throughout 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015 will combine a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explores the battle and its aftermath. The trail will highlight objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture, weapons and the beautiful red cloak belonging to Napoleon, presented to George IV by Wellington's ally, Field-Marshal Gebhardt von Blücher.

What's on
Look at our What's on Brochure to find out more about Adult Study Days and Lectures at Windsor Castle.

Family Saturdays and school holiday events and activities
Come and join us for Family Saturdays as well as school holiday events and activities. In addition to trails and a children's audio guide we now offer an exciting family programme every Saturday throughout the year, linked to the amazing history of Windsor Castle, the magnificent art works on display and the royal residents past and present who have lived here. The programme includes themed events such as storytelling and dressing up in replica historic costume and armour, and art and craft workshops where families can get creative together.

On 25 July, Magna Carta art and craft workshops will be taking place in the Moat Room between 11:00-16:00.

Family Activities will take place from 1 August to 23 August (11:00 to 16:00, last admission 15:45).  The theme this year is Fair Ladies and Noble Knights – follow a special themed activity trail and take part in an art workshop.  On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, until 20 August, there will be armour handling talks in the State Entrance.  Daily summer holiday activities end on the 23 August, however, on Saturday, 29 August, knights and armour art and craft activities will be taking place in the Moat Room.

Summer Sunday Band Concerts at Windsor Castle
What could be nicer on a summer Sunday afternoon than to enjoy a Band concert on the Jubilee Bandstand at Windsor Castle?  Held on selected Sundays throughout the summer, they are free with an admission ticket or 1-Year Pass for the Castle.

Hertfordshire Concert Band, Sunday, 26 July 2015.  1-hour performances at 12:00 and 14:00.
Abingdon Town Band, Sunday, 2 August 2015.  1-hour performances at 12:00 and 14:00.

Changing of the Guard (weather permitting)
Please check Royal Collection website for latest information. There is a link to the British Army website from here too with confirmation of the full schedule.

July 2015 - daily in July excluding Sundays
August 2015 - even numbered days in August, excluding Sundays

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CASTLE CLOSES 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES AFTER LAST ENTRY TIME SHOWN BELOW:
March to October 09:45-17:15 (last admission 16:00), November to February 09:45-16:15 (last admission 15:00).

As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Please check before planning a visit. Please note, worshippers are welcome to attend the Sunday services at St George's Chapel but the chapel is closed to general visitors on Sundays.

Provisional Closure Dates 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015

17 State Apartments closed

OCTOBER 2015

10 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

16 State Apartments closed

NOVEMBER 2015

25 State Apartments closed

DECEMBER 2015

4 State Apartments closed

8 State Apartments closed

23 St George’s Chapel closes at 13:00

24 St George’s Chapel closed to visitors but open for services

25-26 CASTLE CLOSED (St George’s Chapel open for services)

Special Tours for Pre-booked Groups
These tours are available to pre-booked groups on selected dates ONLY by appointment with the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on 020 7766 7322.

From Great Kitchen to State Apartments - An introduction to the history of royal dining, past and present followed by a guided visit to the Great Kitchen and medieval Undercroft, neither of which are normally open to the public.

Private Evening Tours - In the company of an expert guide, guests will enjoy an exclusive 'behind-the-ropes' experience in the magnificent State Apartments. The tour ends with a glass of Champagne.

Queen Mary's Dolls House and the State Apartments - the tour offers a fascinating talk and a private viewing of Queen Mary's Dolls House, the most famous dolls' house in the world. The visit begins by exploring the State Apartments at leisure with an audio tour. The guided tour then starts in the Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the history of the Dolls' House and its delightfully detailed contents. The tour then concludes with a private viewing of the Dolls' House after visitors have left for the day.

Exhibition Talk - The tour begins in the Castle's Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the special exhibition in the Drawings Gallery. The exhibition marks the centenary of the Royal Archives being housed in the Round Tower at Windsor Castle and includes some of the greatest treasures from the private archive of the Royal Family. Exhibits include a love-letter written by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria during their engagement, the title deeds to Buckingham Palace and a letter penned by a seven-year-old Bonnie Prince Charlie to his father.

The Military Knights' Tale - This brand new group tour offers a personal insight into the ancient and noble institution of the Military Knights of Windsor presented by a serving Military Knight.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open (1 Mar 2015 - 31 Oct 2015)
DayTimes
Monday09:4517:15
Tuesday09:4517:15
Wednesday09:4517:15
Thursday09:4517:15
Friday09:4517:15
Saturday09:4517:15
Sunday09:4517:15
Open (1 Nov 2015 - 28 Feb 2016)
DayTimes
Monday09:4516:15
Tuesday09:4516:15
Wednesday09:4516:15
Thursday09:4516:15
Friday09:4516:15
Saturday09:4516:15
Sunday09:4516:15

* Last admission 75 minutes before closing.

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