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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 will reopen on 30 September 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.

May 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th (no musical support), 19th (no musical support), 20th, 22nd (no musical support), 24th (no musical support), 26th (no musical support), 27th, 29th and 31st (no musical support).

June 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on 2nd, 3rd (no musical support), 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 20th-24th and 26th-30th.

July 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, Monday to Saturday.

August 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

 

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.

Family Activities: Crowns and Coronations until the 4 June, families are encouraged to join the Learning Team in the Moat Room to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's Coronation.  Children are invited to take part in art workshops, where they can make a crown, an orb and sceptre.  There is also a special activity trail, where children can hunt for crowns in the State Apartments and St George's Chapel. 

Family Saturdays: 1000 years of a royal home – from the 10 June, join the Learning Team each Saturday from 11:00–16:00 to learn about the evolution of Windsor Castle from defensive site to royal home.  Special storytelling sessions are taking place on Saturday, 10 June at 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

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

 

FROGMORE HOUSE

Frogmore House and Gardens will be open to the public on the 6, 7 and 8 June from 10:00 until 17:30, with last admission at 16:00.  Tickets may be purchased on arrival (cash only).  Access via Park Street onto the Long Walk.  Parking is available.

 

LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS IN ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL

Lunchtime Organ Recitals will be taking place in St George's Chapel on the 6, 13, 20 and 27 June from 13:10 until 14:00.  The recitals are free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

 

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

MAY

CASTLE EARLY CLOSURE 5 May (last admission 15:00, closes 16:30)

CASTLE EARLY CLOSURE 26 May (last admission 14:30, closes 16:00)

20 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

JUNE

15 Admission Centre closes at 14:30; State Apartments last admission 15:00.

JULY

7 St George's Chapel closed until 10:30

AUGUST

25 St George's Chapel closes at 12:30

DECEMBER

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 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
Open (1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)
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.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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Recent Reviews:

  • Steve R
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Amazing Palace
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 27th May 2017
    We booked a tour through Golden Tours that took us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford University. I was most excited to see Stonehenge, but I was really impressed by Windsor Castle. I guess... Read full review
  • teenasan3
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Fantastic
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 27th May 2017
    Like you expect a castle to look. Go through security and walk the path up to the gate. The chapel is inspiring (but photos aren't allowed in there). The rooms are furnished and you walk through... Read full review
  • silent_21
    Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    beautiful
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 26th May 2017
    beautiful castle with so much to see and so much history and fun facts. worth a visit and not to far from London. Read full review

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