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St George's Chapel

Type:Church / Chapel

Chapter Office, The Cloisters, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

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St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

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St George’s Chapel reopens to the public from Thursday 23 July, subject to any change in Government advice

Evening Prayer (a said service without music) will be open to the public on a daily basis from Thursday 23 July. Evening Prayer begins at 5.15pm.

Holy Communion (a said service without music) will be open to the public on Sundays at 8.30am from Sunday 26 July.

Said Mattins (a said service without music) will be open to the public on Sundays at 10.45am from Sunday 26 July.

Services will take place in the Nave with socially distanced seating. There will be hand sanitisation points on entry and exit. Orders of Service will be on laminated cards sanitised before each service; additionally, on Sundays, there will be a paper sheet which members of the congregation will be asked to take home after the Service. All collections will be retiring collections. Members of the congregation will be invited to leave contact details in case of a need for the NHS to ‘track and trace’.

Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel will open for visitors from Thursday 23 July. Windsor Castle will be open on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. St George’s Chapel will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. The Chapel will also be open on the afternoon of Sunday 26 July and possibly some Sunday afternoons thereafter.

Many measures will be in place to ensure Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel can open safely; these include:

  • The introduction of timed tickets. Visitors should book tickets in advance through www.rct.uk/tickets as capacities will be limited. The ticket office opened on 8 July.
  • Hand sanitiser stations at the Chapel entry and exit / Chapel shop entrance.
  • Perspex screens at shop till point, with payment by card please.

Take in the splendour of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, the setting for the marriages of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle and HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank in 2018, the burial place of 10 monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England.

A visit to St George’s Chapel is included in your Windsor Castle ticket or you are most welcome to attend services at St George’s Chapel, which are free to all.

St George’s Chapel is regarded as one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and is characterised by large windows and tall, slender pillars giving the impression of grace and elegance.  The chapel features remarkable examples of medieval woodwork and ironwork.  The magnificent Sovereign’s Stall, used by The Queen today, dates from the late eighteenth century.

The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle

St George’s Chapel was the setting for the marriage of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May 2018.

The Wedding Service began at St George's Chapel at 1200. The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner, conducted the Service. The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated as the couple made their marriage vows.

History of St George’s Chapel

St George’s Chapel is located on the north side of the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle.  Work on the present chapel began when Edward IV was king, in 1475.  The east end, or Quire (choir), was completed by 1484.

The magnificent stone fan vaulting that visitors can see today was added by Henry VIII, shortly afterwards.  In 1528 the chapel was finally completed, with the fan vault over the crossing.

The chapel is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, one of the oldest and most important orders of chivalry in the world, founded by Edward III in 1348.

Every June the Sovereign and the Knights of the Garter attend an annual service of thanksgiving in St George's Chapel, known as Garter Day.

The Windsor burial place of kings and queens

St George's Chapel is the site of a number of royal tombs and memorials.

King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) and Princess Margaret are interred in a memorial chapel off the North Quire aisle.

Further tombs and memorials include those of Edward IV, Henry VI, and King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.  The sealed entrance to the vault containing the coffins of Henry VIII and Charles I is under the centre of the Quire.

Visit St George’s Chapel

St George’s Chapel is located in the north side of the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle and a visit to St George's Chapel is included in the price of an admission ticket for Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle is a working palace and can be subject to full or partial closure so please check the Windsor Castle page for any provisional closure dates that apply to St George's Chapel.

St George's Chapel is a place of worship.  At least three services take place in the chapel every day, and worshippers are welcome to attend. 

On Sunday the Chapel is closed to visitors – all are welcome to attend services.

Guide Prices

A visit to St George's Chapel is included in the price of the Windsor Castle Admission ticket.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop on audio tour.

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Italian audio guide
  • Japanese audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Establishment Features

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

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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Recent Reviews:

  • EconomynotBusiness
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    Stunning
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 8th September 2020
    St. George's Chapel really is a sight to behold. The interior is immaculate and holds so much history. It would be easy to lose yourself in here for several hours although visitor numbers mean that... Read full review
  • Brimsmith
    Lacey, Washington
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great Wedding Venue
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th September 2020
    This is where Prince William and Kate were married and several crowned heads lie in rest. Great chapel with amazing history. Well worth the tour. And there’s a gift shop. Read full review
  • racheypx
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    Best part of the Windsor castle tour!
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th September 2020
    Definitely both mine and my partner's mutual favourite part of the Windsor Castle tour. Absolutely breathtaking and so much information we learned. Would like to give shout out to John who was... Read full review

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Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
SundayClosed*

* Please check the Windsor Castle page for any provisional closure dates that apply to St George's Chapel (see the 'About' section for a link to the castle page).

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

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