Visit Windsor Castle, a Royal residence packed with 1000 years of British history. See the State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel (where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle), and the beautiful grounds. The castle is a favorite site for tourists and fans of the Royal Family, so book ahead to skip ticket lines on the day!
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4 Tips for Visiting the Windsor Castle
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Crowds converging on Windsor to celebrate the Royal Wedding
The castle is at the top of a steep hill, and there’s a reasonable amount of walking to do within the grounds, so wear comfortable shoes which are suitable for cobbles and hills.
Visitors are welcome to take photographs in the castle grounds, but photography isn’t permitted inside the Castle or St George’s Chapel.
Make sure to pick up the free multimedia guide provided in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin. A special child-friendly version is also available in English.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s there to see at Windsor Castle?
Once you enter the State Apartments you have two choices of routes. The Ceremonial Route includes the rooms used by the Queen and Royal Family, including the Grand Reception Room, the Waterloo Chamber, and the Semi-State Rooms (including both the Green and Crimson Drawing Rooms). Alternatively, you can take the Historic Route, which focuses on the rooms built for Charles II and Queen Catherine of Braganza, which were intended to rival the palace of Versailles. Both routes include many fine works of art including pieces by Holbein, Rubens, and Van Dyck. 30-minute long free tours led by the castle’s Wardens are available. These leave at regular intervals from the Courtyard and offer a great introduction to the castle’s 900-year long history and its current importance to the Royal Family. You should also take the time to see St George’s Chapel, which was the venue for Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018 and is the spiritual home of the exclusive Order of the Garter. You can also watch the changing of the guard, a shorter and less elaborate form that the one at Buckingham Palace - just be aware that you’ll need to buy an admission ticket to watch the whole ceremony.Read more.
Will we see the Queen?
Maybe? The queen often stays at the castle at weekends throughout the year, except in the summer months when she’s usually in Scotland. There are numerous stories of visitors who’ve seen her enjoying a walk in the gardens, or who have seen her coming and going between other events. Make sure to look at the flag post - when the flag is a Union Flag (the UK’s national red, white, and blue flag), that means that the Queen isn’t at home, but if it’s a Royal Standard (which has red, yellow, and blue quarters) then the Queen is at the castle that day.Read more.
Will children enjoy a trip to the castle?
Children will enjoy seeing the castle, with its walls built to withstand sieges, and they’ll enjoy imagining the Queen and princes and princesses living in the State Apartments. They’ll be able to learn while enjoying the special family multimedia tour, which is designed for children aged 7 to 11 and is led by Scorch the dragon. There are also family activity trails available, suitable for children aged 5 to 11, which will help them discover some of the castle’s treasures. There are also opportunities to dress up and play! Parents should also watch out for special themed events for families, including arts and crafts and storytelling. Be aware that strollers can be used around the grounds but will need to be checked in near the entrance of the State Apartments before visiting. Baby carriers are available to borrow.Read more.
How long should I plan for my visit?
In order to see everything inside the castle and the additional buildings such as St. George’s Chapel, you should allow at least 3 hours for your visit. There’s no time limit on your entry, so feel free to wander around at your own pace, and pause to rest your feet if needed.Read more.
Are there food options at the castle? Is there anywhere to have a picnic?
At the moment there isn’t a café or restaurant on the grounds of the castle, though one is planned to open in the Undercroft at the end of 2019. For the time being, guests will have to collect a re-entry permit from the shop or multimedia guide return point before leaving to get food from the town center, where there are options to suit every budget. Water and edible gifts can be bought in the castle shop, but eating and drinking aren’t allowed inside the State Apartments or St. George’s Chapel.Read more.
Is there anything else to see nearby?
You can head to Windsor Great Park for a stunning picnic location, though you’ll want to watch out for the deer which roam freely and apparently love to meet people! Cross the river to Eton and take a stroll around the historic streets of Eton College, where William and Harry went to school, along with many other historic British men. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, you can always take the short trip to Legoland Windsor to enjoy themed rides and shows!Read more.
From November 1 to February 28 the castle opens at 10 am, with final admission at 3 pm, and closes at 4.15 pm. From March 1 the castle opens at 10 am, with final admission at 4 pm and closing time at 5.15 pm. The State Apartments close 30 minutes after the final admission time. Windsor Castle is a working royal palace and may sometimes be completely closed or close early for events. Please check for any unexpected closures before visiting. St George’s Chapel closes at 4 pm daily, though visitors are invited to attend the evensong service at 5.15 pm. The castle is completely closed on December 25 and 26.
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Tickets bought on the day cost £22.50 for adults, £20.30 for students and visitors over the age of 60, and £13 for visitors under the age of 17 and disabled visitors. Children under the age of 5 can enter free of charge. Tickets include a free multimedia tour and access to any special exhibitions. Admission prices change on days when the State Apartments are closed to visitors. Visitors can convert their day tickets to annual tickets for free by asking a Warden to stamp their ticket before leaving the castle.
How to get there:
The castle is a short walk from Windsor & Eton Central station, and a slightly longer walk uphill from Windsor & Eton Riverside train station, both of which are served by trains from Central London. There’s no visitor car parking at the site, but there are public car parks in the town center. Visitors can also use Green Line 702 from their station near Victoria station, or use a shuttle bus service from Surbiton Coaches to travel between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.