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Windsor Castle

Windsor and Maidenhead

Type:Castle / Fort

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

Tel: +44 (0)303 123 7304

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Windsor Castle

About

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.

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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)

•Semi-State Rooms, which served as the private apartments of George IV (from September to March only)


What's on
Visit our website and look at our What's on Brochure to find out more about Adult Study Days and Lectures at Windsor Castle

Family Saturdays
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.

Royal Weddings at Windsor – this special talk will show how royal weddings at Windsor Castle have evolved over 900-years, from Henry I in 1121 to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

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

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.

Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank

The wedding outfits of HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank will go on display in the Grand Reception Room in a special exhibition, which will include the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, on public display for the first time. From 1 March – 22 April 2019, this special exhibition will be included in a ticket to Windsor Castle

Pre-book tickets to guarantee entry.

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.

Facilities

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
  • Wheelchair user accessible

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

Establishment Features

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

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
  • Booking essential - Pre-booking advised
  • 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

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

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

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

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

Public Transport Directions

By train The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'. Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares. By coach / bus Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London. Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

Video

  • Visit Windsor Castle: Official Video

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019

Opening Times

(last admission 16:00) (1 Nov 2019 - 28 Feb 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:45 - 16:15*
(last admission 15:00) (1 Mar 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:15
Bank Holiday09:30 - 17:15

* The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book your tickets in advance and arrive after midday.

Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.

As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, sometimes the entire Castle or the State Apartments within the Castle need to be closed at short notice.

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

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