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Windsor Castle

Castle / Fort

Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

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

No trip to Windsor could possibly be complete without a visit to amazing Windsor Castle, the family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.

The size of the Castle (5 hectares/13 acres) is breath taking, in fact it is the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world and it’s where Her Majesty The Queen chooses to spend most of her private weekends..

You might even time your visit when she is in residence! Look at the flag flying from the Castle’s Round Tower; if it’s the Royal Standard The Queen will be there too.

Windsor Castle offers something for everyone, and with so many areas to explore please allow at least 2.5 to 3 hours to see it all.

 

WHAT TO SEE AND DO (all included in your ticket price):

Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.

Take in the splendour of St George's Chapel, the burial place of 10 monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. 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.

Be amazed at Queen Mary's Dolls’ House, the largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world, created in the 1920s and filled with thousands of objects made by leading craftsmen, artists and designers of the time.

Join a free Precinct Tour with one of the Castle’s wardens when you first arrive and get the most out of your visit to Windsor Castle.

Imagine being entertained by royalty in the Semi-State Rooms, the spectacular private apartments open to visitors in the winter months. Richly decorated, they are used by The Queen for hosting her guests. The additional five rooms that make up the Semi-State Rooms are open to the public until 26 March 2017.

Learn more in the Drawings Gallery, displaying changing exhibitions of material from the Royal Collection (see below for current exhibition).

Stand to attention whilst watching the Changing of the Guard!  A colourful spectacle of British Pageantry (see below for schedule).

 

TOP TIP

With so much to see and do in Windsor Castle, visitors wishing to leave the Castle for refreshments and shopping in the town centre may obtain re-entry permits from the Castle shops or the audio return point.

 

CHANGING THE GUARD

The privilege of guarding the Sovereign has been carried out since 1660. Weather permitting, the ceremony begins at 11am and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Please check the Royal Collection Trust website for latest information.  There is a link to the British Army website from here too with confirmation of the full schedule.
 

January 2017: From 16 January guard mounting will only take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the year in Windsor until further notice.  Please note that on Sundays there is no music or ceremony.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT WINDSOR CASTLE

• Free family multimedia tour (for children aged 7-11)
• Free family Activity Trail
• Family Saturdays and school holiday events and activities.

Windsor Castle offers an exciting family programme every Saturday throughout the year, linked to the amazing history of the Castle, the magnificent art on display and the royal residents past and present who have lived here.

The programme includes storytelling and dressing up in replica historic costume and armour, and art and craft workshops where families can get creative together.

In January 2017 the Learning Team will be going back in time to the Middle Ages.  There will be a vast array of medieval costumes and fantastic replica armour for all the family to try on.

For more details and a full list of family activities visit https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/windsorcastle?type=2187

 

 

ADULT LEARNING

There is more to Windsor Castle than just a visit! Find out more about Royal Collection Trust's Adult Study Days and Lectures. http://view.digipage.net/00000959/00020677/00093726/
 

OPENING ARRANGEMENTS

Windsor Castle is a working royal palace so opening arrangements may change at short notice.

To avoid the disappointment of finding part or all of Windsor Castle closed, please check before planning a visit by checking the Provisional Closure Dates below, by visiting http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle/plan-your-visit or by telephoning the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)30 3123 7304.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CASTLE CLOSES 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES AFTER LAST ENTRY TIME SHOWN BELOW:

March to October 09:30-17:15 (last admission 16:00), November to February 09:45-16:15 (last admission 15:00).

 

PROVISIONAL CLOSURE DATES 2017

JANUARY 2017

9-20 State Apartments closed

APRIL 2017

14 Admission to the Castle Precincts only.  St George's Chapel will be open between 13:30 and 16:00 in addition to services. ALL OTHER AREAS CLOSED.

15 St George's Chapel closed until 11:00

16 St George's Chapel closed until 13:00

MAY 2017

20 St George's Chapel closed until 13:00

JUNE 2017

18 State Apartments closed

16-19 St George's Chapel closed

19 CASTLE CLOSED

20 State Apartments closed

JULY 2017

7 St George's Chapel closed until 10:30

AUGUST 2017

25 St George's Chapel closes at 12:30

DECEMBER 2017

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

Download the Group Visits and Private Tours 2017 Brochure.

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.

Restoring Windsor: The Castle after the fire – This special visit begins in the Castle's Winchester Tower with refreshments and an expert talk recounting the dramatic story of the battle to stop the flames and save irreplaceable works of art from the Royal Collection.  The visit continues with a self-guided multimedia tour around the State Apartments.

The Military Knights’ Tale – This tour offers a personal insight into the ancient and noble institution of the Military Knights of Windsor presented by a serving Military Knight.  

The above tours are available to pre-booked groups on selected dates only by appointment with the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on +44 (0)30 3123 7321.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open (1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017)
DayTimes
Monday09:4516:15
Tuesday09:4516:15
Wednesday09:4516:15
Thursday09:4516:15
Friday09:4516:15
Saturday09:4516:15
Sunday09:4516:15
Open (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
Monday09:3017:15
Tuesday09:3017:15
Wednesday09:3017:15
Thursday09:3017:15
Friday09:3017:15
Saturday09:3017:15
Sunday09:3017:15

* Last admission 75 minutes before closing.

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    5800
  • Very Good
    1869
  • Average
    310
  • Poor
    78
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Recent Reviews:

  • sierrab
    london
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Superb visit to the castle, chapel and walk in the Royal Park
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st February 2017
    A great day out for the family, adults and teens alike enjoyed it. Train from Waterloo or Clapham Junction directly to Windsor/Eaton station within 45 mn for about £10 return off peak after 9h30 am... Read full review
  • Angela F
    Trip Type:
    Family
    LOVED it
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st February 2017
    A beautiful castle with so much to see. The audio guides are a great idea and gave loads of info. Our 13 and 9 year olds loved them. There's no refreshment areas though so you will need to take... Read full review
  • Paul T
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Excellent day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st February 2017
    Took my Italian relatives to the castle followed by brief walk around the old town. They enjoyed the changing of the guard as we walked up the hill from river street owards the castle. Once we... Read full review

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