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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 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 reopen to the public on Saturday 26 September 2015.
     
  • Learn more in the Drawings Gallery, displaying changing exhibitions of material from the Royal Collection:

DRAWINGS GALLERY
Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015 (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.
 

  • 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.

August 2015: even numbered days in August, excluding Sundays

September 2015: odd numbered days in September, excluding Sundays

  • From Wednesday, 9 September, visitors to Windsor Castle will enjoy a special photographic display marking the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the longest of any British monarch.

The displays will be shown in the inner Quadrangle of the official residence – an area of Windsor Castle not normally included in the visitor route.

The outdoor display, 'Long To Reign Over Us', 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 28 January 2016 at Windsor Castle (the display will move to Castle Hill and the North Terrace on 6 October 2015).

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

SEASONAL TOURS (additional charges apply)

  • 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 Trust 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 Trust website for further details and prices.

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.

On Saturday 29 August, knights and armour art and craft activities will be taking place in the Moat Room.

Saturday 5 September 2015 to Saturday 26 September 2015

Take part in our art and craft workshops in the Moat Room on 5, 19 and 26 September to learn about some of the secrets and stories of the beautiful gardens at Windsor Castle.

On Saturday 12 September, join us for our fantastic Family Festival: Long To Reign Over Us, as we celebrate HM The Queen becoming the longest-reigning British monarch.

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

FROGMORE HOUSE AND GARDENS

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.

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.

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.

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)20 7766 7304.

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).

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

23 St George's Chapel closed

23 CASTLE CLOSED at 13:30, last admission 12:00

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.

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 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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