Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen and is the oldest and largest functioning castle in the world. William the Conqueror established the castle in the 11th century and it has been remodelled and expanded by the successive Kings and Queens, including Henry II, Charles II and George IV.
On your visit to Windsor Castle you’ll be invited to view the magnificent State Apartments, furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection. During the winter months, the Semi State rooms added by George IV are open to the public, displaying an even greater display of the works by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence, as well as sculptures, armour and fine tapestries. The State Rooms aren’t the only appeal to the castle - Queen Mary’s dolls’ house is a delightful exhibition full of tiny treasures.
Please note: that admission to Windsor Castle is busiest immediately after opening and throughout the morning. We recommend you arrive after midday if possible.
On these dates, The Precincts and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House will continue to be open, unless otherwise stated below. Reduced admission charges will apply.
Windsor Castle will be closed on the following dates in 2020:
9 – 10 April; 5 May; 15 June; 25 – 26 December
Windsor Castle will close early on the following dates:
6 March 2020 (last admission 15:00, last admission to State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
State Apartments closed:
14 – 16 June 2020
Semi-State Rooms closed:
16 April 2020
St George’s Chapel closed in 2020:
9 March; 8 April; 10 April (opens 14:00, closes 16:00); 11 April; 30 May (closes 13:00); 12-13 June; 1 August (closes 12:00); 23-24 December (closes 13:00)
Queen Mary's Dolls' House
Please note that due to work being undertaken, as part of Future Programme, Queen Mary's Dolls' House at Windsor Castle will be closed to visitors from Friday, 6 July 2018, until further notice.
Photographer: Peter Packer. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Photographer: Mark Fiennes. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
The Royal Collection 2018, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
For Safety and Security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route.
On arrival, you and your belongings will be subject to airport-style security checks. Please try to bring as little as possible with you as it will help you get through security more quickly.
Windsor Castle – authorised Blue Badge Guides are offered complimentary admission. Guides should go to the admissions centre on arrival and show their Windsor Castle- authorised membership card.
Windsor Castle is fully accessible and we welcome visitors with different access requirements. Concessionary rates are available for visitors with disabilities and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.
All visitors should be aware that the Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill and there are long distances that have to be covered on site.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
As the official residences of The Queen are working royal palaces, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Please check the Opening times page under each residence before planning a visit
Multimedia guide are included in the admission price at all residences and do not need to be pre-booked. They are available in nine languages.
6 – 17 January; 9 – 10 April; 15 June; 25 – 26 December
Take your confirmation/voucher along with your photo ID and credit card used to pay for the booking to Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ, for entry.
Child Policy: children under 5 are free of charge.
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