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.
Included in your ticket is admission to St. George’s Chapel, the site of a number of Royal Weddings over the centuries, as well as being the final resting place of ten monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I.
Windsor Castle will be closed on the following dates:
11 – 12 October 2018
25th & 26th December 2018
Windsor Castle will close early on the following dates:
1 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
5 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
27 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
4 October 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
Photographer: Peter Packer. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Photographer: Mark Fiennes. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
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.
Please note: that admission to Windsor Castle is busiest immediately after opening and throughout the morning. We recommend you arrive after midday if possible.
18th – 19th May 2018
17th – 19th June 2018
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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