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Windsor Castle

Type:Castle / Fort

Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

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The Round Tower (daytime) – photographer: John Freeman, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

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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.

From 2018, work to enlarge and reconfigure the Windsor Castle Admissions Centre will begin. The changes will create a faster and more efficient entrance for visitors, as well as a new view of the Castle for all to enjoy at the start of their visit.  The works are being carefully phased, and the Admissions Centre will remain fully operational throughout.

This is just one of the exciting projects being carried out as part of Royal Collection Trust's £27 million investment in the visitor experience at Windsor Castle. We'll keep you up-to-date with progress as we receive it.

 

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 from September to March each year.  Richly decorated, they are used by The Queen for hosting her guests. The additional five rooms that make up the Semi-State Rooms will close to the public on Sunday, 25 March 2018.

Stand to attention whilst watching the Changing of the Guard!  A colourful spectacle of British Pageantry (see below for schedule).

 

TOP TIP

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.

February 2018: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on the 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24 & 27 February.
March 2018: guard mounting will take place at 11:00; weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout March.

 

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 Saturdays – Conserving the Castle 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. 

Family Activities: Bring on the Battle! will take place each Saturday in February and also daily throughout half-term (10-18 February) from 11:00 to 15:00.  Families are encouraged to discover Windsor Castle under siege by taking part in an art workshop and trying on some of the costumes and armour on display.  On the 12, 13, 16 and 17 February, historical interpreters will be talking about medieval armour and weaponry.

Family Saturdays: World Book Day will take place on the 3 and 10 March from 11:00 to 16:00.  Listen to special stories in the State Apartments and children who come dressed as their favourite book character can claim a memento.  On the 3 March there will also be a special storytelling session 'There's a Dragon in the Castle' brought to us by the Royal Borough's Library Service.  Children can discover the best dragon books to get their reading roaring ahead.

For more details and a full list of family activities visit https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/windsorcastle?type=2187

 

ADULT LEARNING

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/
 

OPENING ARRANGEMENTS

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 2018

MARCH 
8 Semi-State Rooms closed
9 Admission Centre closes at 15:00.  State Apartment last admission 15:30
22 State Apartments closed
25 Semi-State Rooms closed until 29 September
28 St George's Chapel closed
29 CASTLE CLOSED
30 Admission to the Castle Precincts only.  St George’s Chapel will be open between 13:30 and 16:00 in addition to services.  ALL OTHER AREAS CLOSED
31 St George's Chapel closed until 11:00

APRIL 
1 CASTLE CLOSED until 13:00
19 State Apartments closed
20 CASTLE CLOSED
21 State Apartments closed
21 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00
28 St George's Chapel closes at 12:30

MAY 
18-19 CASTLE CLOSED
18-19 St George's Chapel closed
26 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

JUNE 
15-18 St George's Chapel closed
17 State Apartments closed
18 CASTLE CLOSED
19 State Apartments closed

AUGUST 
18 St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

DECEMBER
14 St George's Chapel closes at 15:30
23-26 St George's Chapel closed
25-26 CASTLE CLOSED (St George's Chapel open for services)

 

SPECIAL TOURS FOR PRE-BOOKED GROUPS

Download the Group Visits and Private Tours 2018 Brochure.

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.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
2018 Adult£21.20 per ticket
2018 Adult (during closure of State Apartments)£11.70 per ticket
2018 Family: 2 adults & 3 under 17s£54.70 per ticket
2018 Family: 2 adults & 3 under 17s (during closure of State Apartments)£30.60 per ticket
2018 Senior/Student£19.30 per ticket
2018 Senior/Student (during closure of State Apartments)£10.60 per ticket
2018 Under 17/Disabled£12.30 per ticket
2018 Under 17/Disabled (during closure of State Apartments)£7.20 per ticket

2018 ticket prices are valid 9 January to 31 December 2018.

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

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

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

Establishment Features

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

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

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

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

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

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Recent Reviews:

  • Hunter H
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Regal, Royal, and really Amazing
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 20th February 2018
    Thank goodness I’m an American and don’t pay taxes to England to support this immaculate estate! In all seriousness though this place is so amazing. I loved it! The state apartments took my breath... Read full review
  • purpletoes2015
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A slice of history
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 20th February 2018
    Aswe werein windsor we thoughtwewouldhace to do the castle on the hill! There was a bit of a wait to get in and security was understandably tight. Once inside though you are free to wander at your... Read full review
  • Jennifer G
    Night tours are magical
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th February 2018
    Booking an evening visit allows tourists to get an incredibly unique perspective of the castle paintings, with access to private areas not normally allowed during day tours, and the lighting is... Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open (1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:45 - 16:15*
Open (1 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:15

* Last admission 75 minutes before closing. Please check the 'provisional closure' dates contained within 'About'.

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

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