Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II Windsor Castle has now reopened to visitors. For more information, please visit the Royal Collection Trust's FAQs page.
Windsor Castle is open to the public five days a week, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets for Royal Borough Advantage Card holders are available on the day (subject to availability) or can be prebooked by telephone only (transaction fee payable). Visit Windsor Castle's Practical Information page to find out more.
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 and today one of the official residences of His Majesty The King.
The size of the Castle (over 10.5 hectares) is breathtaking, in fact it is the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world and it’s where Queen Elizabeth II chose to spend most of her private weekends.
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.
To ensure your visit is comfortable and enjoyable, the Royal Collection Trust is maintaining a range of measures for your safety and the safety of Windsor Castle staff. These include:
• A timed tickets system in order to manage visitor numbers. Visitors must book tickets in advance through www.rct.uk/tickets as capacities will be limited.
• Hand sanitiser stations along the visitor routes.
• Enhanced cleaning regimes.
Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck.
Take in the splendour of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, the burial place of 11 monarchs including Queen Elizabeth II, Henry VIII and Charles I, location of the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. St George’s Chapel will continue to be included as part of a ticketed visit to Windsor Castle. In St George's Chapel, the final resting place of Queen Elizabeth II can be seen by visitors on all days the Castle is open to the public, excluding Sundays. 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.
Imagine being entertained by royalty in the Semi-State Rooms, the spectacular private apartments open to visitors during the winter months. Richly decorated, they served as the private rooms of George IV in the 19th century. The additional five rooms that make up the Semi-State Rooms are included in the visitor route from 24 November 2022 to March 2023. Please note that the Semi-State Rooms are closed when the State Apartments are closed.
Stand to attention whilst watching the Changing of the Guard! A colourful spectacle of British Pageantry (see below for schedule).
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.
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.
Celebrate Christmas at Windsor Castle and experience the magnificent State Apartments adorned with Christmas trees, twinkling lights, wreaths and garlands. The Semi-State Rooms, created as opulent private apartments for George IV and now used by members of the Royal Family for official entertaining, will also be open to visitors for the winter months. Visit in December to hear local school and community choirs singing carols beneath the Christmas tree, take your pick from the festive menu in the Undercroft Café, and browse for Christmas gifts in the Castle’s shops, where luxurious hampers, traditional decorations and sustainable stocking fillers all make for perfect presents. On Saturday 3 December, visit as a family and step back in time to a Victorian Christmas. Learn about how Christmas was celebrated during Queen Victoria’s reign, dress up as an elegant Victorian, devise your own royal Christmas menu, and design a tree decoration, wreath or angel just as a Victorian child would have done. Christmas at Windsor Castle and all family activities are included with admission to the 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.
The first café for visitors to Windsor Castle is located in Edward III’s medieval Undercroft, which for centuries served as the Castle’s main wine cellar and is one of the oldest surviving spaces in the 1,000-year-old royal residence.
Visitors can enjoy freshly prepared meals, including sandwiches, wraps and salads, served alongside an exclusive selection of teas. Sweet treats range from vanilla mille-feuille and vegan chocolate cake to fruit scones and Victoria sponge. During the summer, the Café serves ice cream produced using milk from the Jersey herd at the Royal Farms, Windsor.
The Undercroft is on the ground floor of the Castle beneath St George’s Hall, where State Banquets take place, and dates back to Edward III’s major renovations during the 1350s and 1360s.
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 by visiting https://www.rct.uk/visit/windsor-castle or by telephoning the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)30 3123 7304.
St George's Chapel closes at 16:00, although visitors are welcome to attend the evensong service at 17:15.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CASTLE CLOSES 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES AFTER LAST ENTRY TIME SHOWN UNDER OPENING TIMES.
St George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services which include Holy Communion, Mattins and Sermon, Sung Eucharist and Evensong. You can find out more about attending a service at St George's Chapel by visiting the St George's Chapel Diary.
There is a range of tours available for pre-booked groups to Windsor Castle including ‘behind-the-ropes’ private evening tours of the State Apartments and themed talks such as ‘Royal Weddings at Windsor’ and ‘Restoring Windsor: The Castle after the fire’. Find out more by contacting the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on +44 (0)30 3123 7322.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|2022 Adult (Sat)||£28.50 per ticket|
|2022 Adult (Sun-Fri)||£26.50 per ticket|
|2022 Child 5-17 / Disabled (Sat)||£15.50 per ticket|
|2022 Child 5-17 / Disabled (Sun-Fri)||£14.50 per ticket|
|2022 Under 5||Free|
|2022 Young Person 18-24 (Sat)||£18.50 per ticket|
|2022 Young Person 18-24 (Sun-Fri)||£17.50 per ticket|
Families visiting Windsor Castle can save up to £22.00 when booking with Windsor Castle directly.
The family discount is automatically applied at checkout to bookings of at least 1 adult and 2 children, up to 2 Adults and 4 children.
Groups: reduced admission charges apply to groups of 15 people or more.
Different discounted prices apply when the State Apartments are closed.
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* Windsor Castle will reopen to visitors on Thursday, 29 September 2022.
Last admission 75 minutes before closing. Please check the 'provisional closure' dates listed on the Royal Collection website.
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