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Windsor Castle

Type:Incentive Activities

Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

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Windsor Castle on Royal Wedding Day, May 2018

About

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.

Private Evening Tours

Private guided tours offer groups the opportunity to experience the splendour of Windsor Castle's State Apartments when they are usually closed to the public.

Groups, accompanied by an expert guide, will learn about the Castle's rich history and enjoy a private view of some of the most impressive items in the Royal Collection, including Henry VIII's armour and paintings by Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Rubens.  Your tour finishes with a glass of champagne and includes a souvenir guidebook.

Windsor Castle history

Windsor Castle as it appears today is the result of almost a thousand years of development but four monarchs in particular have left their mark: William the Conqueror, who founded the castle and established its outline plan and extent; Edward III (r.1327-77), who rebuilt it in a magnificent Gothic style and established the royal apartments in the Upper Ward; Charles II (r.1660-85), who transformed the Upper Ward of the medieval castle into a baroque palace; and George IV (r. 1820-30) who restored the exterior to conform with romantic ideals of castle architecture and created sumptuous and richly furnished palace interiors within the ancient fabric of the building.

Events

Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Sunday, 5th January 2020

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

Christmas at Windsor Castle: Christmas tree in St George's HallChristmas at Windsor Castle
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Wednesday, 18th December 2019 - Wednesday, 18th December 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Friday, 20th December 2019

Friday, 27th December 2019 - Friday, 27th December 2019

Visitors enjoying an Exclusive Evening Tour of Windsor CastleExclusive Evening Tours of Windsor CastleThis Christmas, enjoy a special Exclusive Evening Tour which offers a 'behind-the-ropes' experience in Windsor Castle's State Apartments. 
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift - gives access to State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms.
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop on audio tour.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs - water available on request
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Italian audio guide
  • Japanese audio guide
  • Mandarin audio guide
  • Portuguese audio guide - Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Green Transport - Green Line from London. Buses and coaches from Slough, Staines, Heathrow and Bracknell.
  • Parking (charge) - No car parking on site but follow the signs for LONG STAY PARKING in Windsor town centre; these car parks are better value if you are visiting the castle.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - A typical visit lasts between 2 and 3 hours.
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Only Blue Bage Guides accredited to Windsor Castle are permitted to guide within the precincts of the Castle.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 9999
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates - Reduced admission charges apply to groups of 15 or more visitors
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Mandarin printed material
  • Portuguese printed material - Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun - In addition to trails and a children's audio guide we now offer an exciting family programme every Saturday throughout the year, linked to the amazing history of Windsor Castle, the magnificent art works on display and the royal residents past and present who have lived here.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open (1 Nov 2019 - 28 Feb 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:15*
Open (1 Mar 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:15*

* Last admission 75 minutes before closing. As a working palace, Windsor Castle is subject to provisional closures throughout the year. Please check www.rct.uk for more information and also to find out more about private tours for your group.

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

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