Castle / Fort
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.
The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres) and contains
• Magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection
• St George's Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs)
• Queen Mary's Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature
•Semi-State Rooms, which served as the private apartments of George IV (from September to March only)
Visit our website and look at our What's on Brochure to find out more about Adult Study Days and Lectures at Windsor Castle
Come and join us for Family Saturdays as well as school holiday events and activities. 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. The programme includes themed events such as storytelling and dressing up in replica historic costume and armour, and art and craft workshops where families can get creative together.
Special visits for pre-booked groups
These tours are available to pre-booked groups on selected dates ONLY by appointment with the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on 030 3123 7321.
From Great Kitchen to State Apartments - An introduction to the history of royal dining, past and present followed by a guided visit to the Great Kitchen and medieval Undercroft, neither of which are normally open to the public.
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
New for 2017 only, groups can learn more about the devastating fire in 1992 and the return to magnificence that followed. Groups will hear the dramatic story to stop the flames, save irreplaceable works of art from the Royal Collection and the subsequent award-winning restoration project which saw some interiors rebuilt to new designs, while others were painstakingly returned to their original, historic appearance.
The Military Knights' Tale - This brand new group tour offers a personal insight into the ancient and noble institution of the Military Knights of Windsor presented by a serving Military Knight.
Opening and Closure List
Royal Collection Trust sites are working royal residences, therefore closures can occasionally occur at short notice. Check the Opening Times and Closures List for the latest information.
- Regional and Miscellaneous - Tourism South East Member 2017
|(last admission 15:00) (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|(last admission 16:00) (1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018)|
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