Windsor Castle

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  • Description
    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and Queen Elizabeth II loves to spend her weekends in this stunning fortress. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the castle is still a favorite residence of the royal family.

    This sprawling grand home covers an area of 13 acres and overlooks charming Windsor town - pay the castle a visit and find out why our royals have lived here for centuries!

    The State Apartments
    Take a look inside the heart of the working palace - the State Apartments. Regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions, the Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. Try and spot the paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci that hang from the walls! During the winter months the richly decorated Semi-State Rooms are added to the visitor route.

    Queen Mary's Dolls House
    Specially built for Queen Mary by leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920's, Queen Mary's Dolls House is a magical miniature residence with extraordinary attention to detail. Complete with working lights, running water and a tiny garden, this dolls house is a perfect replica of an aristocratic home. The library is even filled with original works by famous writers of the day!

    St George's Chapel
    St George's Chapel is an imposing Gothic building and the resting place for a number of British monarchs. These include Edward IV, who built the Chapel, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Services are held regularly and this quiet church is a peaceful addition to a Windsor Castle visit.

    The Changing of the Guard
    This rousing, truly British ceremony takes place at 11.00am, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday between April and the end of June. The rest of the year it takes place on alternate days, with the exception of Sundays.

    Long To Reign Over Us
    This September, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning British monarch in history. Windsor Castle is featuring a photographic display. This exhibit runs from 9th September to 28th January 2016 and is included in entrance.
  • Schedule

    March 2017 to October 2017: 9:30am - 5:30pm (last admission 4:00pm)

    November 2017 to February 2018:
    9:45am - 4:15pm (last admission 3:00pm)

    (Windsor Castle is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when the Castle is in use for official functions)


    Windsor Castle Completely Closed:
    • 25 - 26 December 2017
    *St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services. These occur at the following times:
    • 08:30 – Holy Communion
    • 10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
    • 11:45 – Sung Eucharist
    • 17:15 – Evensong
    Please Note:
    • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
  • Highlights
    • Visit the State Apartments
    • See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
    • Go Inside Gothic St George’s Chapel
    • Changing of the Guard
    • Audio Guides Available in the Following Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian & Brazilian Portuguese 
  • Additional Information

    Please note:

    • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
    • Under 5's go free

    Venue Information:
    Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
    Nearest Train Station: Windsor and Eton Central or Windsor and Eton Riverside

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