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Windsor Castle

Castle / Fort

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




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 21/2 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 will be open to the public until Sunday 20 March 2016.
  • Learn more in the Drawings Gallery, displaying changing exhibitions of material from the Royal Collection:

Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015 (31 January 2015 – 13 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.

  • Stand to attention whilst watching the Changing of the Guard!  A colourful spectacle of British Pageantry.

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.

November 2015: even numbered days in November, excluding Sundays (weather permitting)
December 2015: even numbered days in December, excluding Sundays (weather permitting)

  • Visitors to Windsor Castle can enjoy a special photographic display marking the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the longest of any British monarch.

The outdoor display, 'Long To Reign Over Us', is located on Castle Hill and the North Terrace and celebrates The Queen through a selection of photographs from 1952 to the present day. The images include official portraits and photographs of Her Majesty undertaking visits in the UK and across the Commonwealth, as well as those capturing informal family moments.

The displays, which are included in a general admission ticket, will be shown until 27 January 2016 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.

For full list of family activities visit


Christmas trees will be displayed in St George’s Hall and the Crimson Drawing Room.  In the magnificent State Dining Room, the table will be laid for a festive feast with pieces from the spectacular Grand Service, while the Octagon Dining Room will be decorated with yew to evoke a sense of how Queen Charlotte would have decorated the Castle for the festive season.

Exclusive Evening Tours are available on the 5, 12, 19, 23 & 30 December.  Visitors can experience the festivity of Windsor Castle after daytime visiting hours – further details available at

Family Saturdays - Families visiting on the 5, 12 and 19 December can join a professional storyteller by the fireside in St George’s Hall to listen to tales of glorious feasts, the first Christmas trees at the Castle, horse-drawn sleigh rides and many more.

School Choirs – on selected days in early December, school choirs from the local community will sing around the Christmas tree in the St George's Hall.

Living Advent Calendar – based on an original idea from Stockholm, The Windsor and Eton Living Advent Calendar is a collaborative project run with Windsor and Eton Town Partnership, Windsor Observer and local businesses to provide live entertainment throughout December.  Like a children’s advent calendar, a different window or door is opened every evening and a 15 minute performance is given to the assembled audience.  Windsor Castle will be hosting the Living Advent Calendar on 12 December at 18:15.


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.

There is more to Windsor Castle than just a visit!  Find out more about Royal Collection Trust's Adult Study Days and Lectures.


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 or by telephoning the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)20 7766 7304.


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



25 State Apartments closed


4 State Apartments closed

8 State Apartments closed

17 St George's Chapel closes at 15:30

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)


6-27 State Apartments close

MARCH 2016


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

26 St George's Chapel closed until 11:00

27 Castle closed until 13:00

MAY 2016

7 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

JUNE 2016

9 St George's Chapel closed (half day TBC)

10-13 St George's Chapel closed

12 State Apartments closed


14 State Apartments closed

JULY 2016

8 St George's Chapel closed until 10:30


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)



Download the Group Visits and Private Tours 2016 brochure

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.

A Prince, A Duke and An Emperor – New and for 2015 only, this themed visit is part of the programme of events marking the 200th anniversary fo the Battle of Waterloo. The visit begins in the Castle’s Winchester Tower with refreshments and a talk by a member of Royal Collection Trust staff, followed by an opportunity to enjoy the Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015 display.

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.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.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open (1 Nov 2015 - 28 Feb 2016)
Open (1 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016)

* Last admission 75 minutes before closing.

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