Windsor Castle

Windsor and Maidenhead

Type:Castle / Fort

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

Tel: +44 (0)303 123 7304

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Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022

About

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years and is today one of the official residences of His Majesty The King.

Occupying over 10.5 hectares, the Castle offers a varied day out for visitors, including a visit to the magnificent State Apartments and St George's Chapel. The Castle's State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection, reflecting the changing tastes of the Castle's royal occupants, particularly those of Charles II and George IV. Among the masterpieces on display are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, Sèvres porcelain and exquisite English and French furniture. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor. 

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the Castle with a free multimedia tour. From October to March, visitors can also walk through the sumptuous Semi-State Apartments, which served as the private rooms of George IV in the 19th century.

Refreshments can be enjoyed in the Undercroft Café, situated in one of the oldest medieval parts of the Castle.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022

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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 -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Bronze Tourism South East Member - Bronze 2022

Opening Times

(last admission 16:00) (1 Nov 2022 - 28 Feb 2023)
DayTimes
Monday10:00 - 17:30*
Tuesday - WednesdayClosed*
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30*
(last admission 16:00) (1 Mar 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
DayTimes
Monday10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:30

* The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. All tickets must be pre-booked

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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