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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 reopen 17 September 2016.
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).
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.
Shakespeare in the Royal Library, 13 February 2016 – January 2017
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in the Royal Library will show how generations of monarchs since Elizabeth I have enjoyed the work of Britain's greatest playwright, whether acquiring copies of Shakespeare's work or producing art inspired by his plays.
On display for the first time will be Shakespeare's First Folio acquired by George IV when Prince of Wales. Published seven years after Shakespeare's death by his friends and fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, it brought his plays together in a single volume for the first time and included a number of previously unpublished works.
A manuscript dated 1607 shows views of Windsor Castle and the surrounding area as Shakespeare would have known it. Created for Henry, Prince of Wales (eldest son of James I), The Description of the Honor of Windesor is one of only two copies and includes locations and landmarks mentioned in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' and which still exist today.
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 2016: daily in May, excluding Sundays. Weather permitting.
June 2016: daily in June, excluding Sundays, the 11 and 13 June. Weather permitting.
July 2016: daily in July, excluding Sundays. Weather permitting.
August 2016: even days in August (2, 4, 6, etc), excluding Sundays. Weather permitting.
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 will be taking place from 28 May – 5 June from 11:00-16:00. In celebration of the anniversary of The Queen's Coronation, children are invited to make their own crown or sword of state in the art workshop and follow a special themed activity trail. On 30 and 31 May, a storyteller will be telling tales of the Coronation in the State Apartments. These 45-minute sessions will include dressing up, a special Coronation ceremony and live 1950's music. Sessions will take place at 11:30, 12:30 and 14:30.
Family Saturdays–Celebrate The Queen's 90th Birthday in addition to trails and a children's audio guide, an exciting family programme is also offered every Saturday throughout the year linked to the history of Windsor Castle, art works on display and royal residents past and present. This month the Learning Team will be celebrating the unique occasion of The Queen's 90th birthday.
Family Festival Day – on 18 June, the Moat Garden will be the setting for a festival to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday. A full day of events including storytelling, live 1950s music, knights, soldiers, a local school band and children's entertainers. Families are invited to bring along a picnic and take part in the children's costume parade after each storytelling session.
For more details and a full list of family activities visit https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/windsorcastle?type=2187
CONSERVATION OPEN DAY - SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2016, 11:30-15:30
How do you keep historic works of art looking fit for a palace? Whether repairing delicate porcelain, conserving silver furniture, preserving medieval armour or applying gold leaf, the conservator’s skills can reveal fascinating insights into the making and the later history of some of the greatest art objects in the world. For this Saturday only, experts from the Royal Collection Trust conservation team will be on hand throughout the State Apartments of the Castle to share their extraordinary work with visitors.
JUNE 2016 - ATTEND A FREE LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL
Lunchtime Organ Recitals will be taking place in St George's Chapel on the 7, 14, 21 and 28 June from 13:10 until 14:00. The recitals are free of charge and all are welcome to attend.
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/
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 2016
3 Last admission to the Castle at 15:00
6 Last admission to the Castle at 15:00
8 St George's Chapel closed until 13:00
10 St George's Chapel closed from 13:00
11-13 St George's Chapel closed
12 State Apartments closed
13 CASTLE CLOSED
14 State Apartments closed
20 Last admission to the Castle at 15:00
24 St George’s Chapel closes at 15:00
8 St George's Chapel closed until 10:30
12 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
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.
Exhibition Talk - the tour begins in the Castle's Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the special exhibition in the Castle's Drawings Gallery.
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.
|Open New Year|
|Open (1 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016)|
|Open (1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017)|
* Last admission 75 minutes before closing.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good1486
- melbarcaCambridgeTrip Type:CouplesBeautiful Castle!Friday, 27th May 2016Myself and my boyfriend went on a spontaneous trip to the castle on a beautiful sunny Sunday! Lots to see inside, perfectly kept gardens, really nice views.. And the tickets last a year (as long as... Read full review
- angela sHerne Bay, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesStunningFriday, 27th May 2016This wonderful example of a royal palace does not disappoint,hidding a treasure trove of antiquities and amazing art work. The staff are very informative and keen to impart.As expected gifts and... Read full review
- Eddie WTaylor Lake Village, Texas, United StatesTrip Type:Friends getawayRoyal TreatmentThursday, 26th May 2016We went as a group of 21--and it was a highlight of our trip to England. St. George's Chapel and the Royal Apartments are the top attractions. Take plenty of time in St. George's! Read full review