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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 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).
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.
Throughout April 2017 guard mounting will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting.
Easter 2017: During Easter Court, when The Queen is in residence at Windsor Castle, the Changing the Guard ceremony location and dates vary slightly. The ceremony will take place in the quadrangle outside the Royal Apartments instead of in the precinct. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday will remain the same, however there will be no ceremony on Good Friday, but it will instead take place on Maundy Thursday, 13 April.
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.
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.
Fabulous Fashions will take place 22 April and 29 April from 11:00 to 16:00. Looking at 300 years of royal fashion from Henry VIII to George III, children are invited to take part in an Easter activity trail and art workshops.
Crowns and Coronations will take place each Saturday in May. From the 27 May to 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. On the 29 and 30 May at 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30, storytelling sessions will take place in the State Apartments, which will be accompanied by live 1950s music, culminating in a stirring role play of the coronation ceremony.
For more details and a full list of family activities visit https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/windsorcastle?type=2187
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)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
23 Admission Centre closes at 12:00; State Apartments last admission 12:30
25 Admission Centre closes at 13:00; State Apartments closed all day
20 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00
18 State Apartments closed
16-19 St George's Chapel closed
19 CASTLE CLOSED
20 State Apartments closed
7 St George's Chapel closed until 10:30
25 St George's Chapel closes at 12:30
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)
SPECIAL TOURS FOR PRE-BOOKED GROUPS
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.
|Open New Year|
|Open (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|Open (1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)|
* 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 Good1926
- NoobForeverLondon, United KingdomAmazingSunday, 23rd April 2017It's a must for anyone who is visiting UK. Windsor is way bigger than I have expected and it's kept clean and extremely tidy . Highly recommended ! Read full review
- darrenandDymchurch, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesIts a beautiful CastleSunday, 23rd April 2017the State rooms are something to wonder at, its good to know the skills still exist to build it, the fire destroyed so much of it, its strange to visit such a old building and yet most of what you... Read full review
- GNiLi3PTrip Type:CouplesA little let down.Sunday, 23rd April 2017It wasn't a "wow". There isn't even a "oo..". Was really excited to go there, been wanted to go since my first two times visiting UK. Read full review