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Windsor Castle

Castle / Fort

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Windsor Castle

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 be open to the public until Sunday 30 March 2014.

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

Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby (7 February 2014 – 5 May 2014)

Explore Windsor Castle and its grounds through a series of extraordinary eighteenth century watercolours and contemporary photographs that capture one of the world's greatest and most iconic landmarks. Windsor Castle has been captured by artists and photographers throughout the centuries but few are more intriguing than the watercolours created by the brothers Paul and Thomas Sandby in the late eighteenth century. Forty-five of their finest views of the Castle, the town, and the surrounding countryside have been gathered together in this free app and paired with photographs of the same views as they appear today.

It is the perfect companion to the exhibition Capturing the Castle, but is also an intriguing way to explore the Castle as it was before its transformation in the nineteenth century.

Retina quality images of the watercolours are at your fingertips, all helpfully geo-located, plus an imaginative slider function enabling you to time travel from one image to the other.  

Treasures from the Royal Archives (17 May 2014 – January 2015)

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.

April - every day, including Sundays during Easter Court (except 8, 18, 20 April and Sundays)
May - every day (except 31 May and Sundays)
June - every day (except 7 and 14 June and Sundays)

Individual Kitchen Tours - tickets for a guided tour to the Great Kitchen can be purchased by holders of a ticket to the castle, a 1-year pass or an Advantage Card.  A combined ticket option is also available.  The tour offers a unique behind the scenes visit to the oldest working kitchen in the country, in constant use for nearly 750 years.  Tours are available 27 December to 12 January and 25 January to 2 February.

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 2014

5-11 April 2014: State Apartments closed
8 April 2014: CASTLE CLOSED
15 April 2014: State Apartments closed
18 April 2014 Admission to the Castle Precincts only.  St George's Chapel will be open between 14:00 and 16:00 in addition to services.  ALL OTHER AREAS CLOSED.
19 April 2014: St George's Chapel closed until 11:00
20 April 2014: Castle closed until 13:00

10 May 2014: St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

6 June 2014: St George's Chapel closes at 15:00
13-16 June 2014: St George's Chapel closed (TBC)
15-18 June 2014: State Apartments closed (TBC)
16 June 2014: CASTLE CLOSED (TBC)

11 July 2014: St George's Chapel closed until 10:30

9 August 2014: St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

23 December 2014: St George's Chapel closes at 13:00
24 December 2014: St George's Chapel closed to visitors but open for services
25-26 December 2014: 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 - Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present - The tour begins in the Castle's Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the special exhibition in the Drawings Gallery.  The exhibition features works by King George III and his children, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HM The Queen.  Also on display will be a series of watercolours by HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Miitary 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 (01/03/2014 - 31/10/2014)
DayTimes
Monday09:4517:15
Tuesday09:4517:15
Wednesday09:4517:15
Thursday09:4517:15
Friday09:4517:15
Saturday09:4517:15
Sunday09:4517:15
Open (01/11/2014 - 28/02/2015)
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.

Awards

  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2014

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