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.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
From 26 October 2018 to 17th February 2019, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will form part of the ticket entry to Windsor Castle. This special exhibition will feature the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018.
The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. The Duchess chose Ms Waight Keller for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, and for the impeccable tailoring of her creations. The Duchess and Ms Waight Keller worked closely together on the design.
The Duke of Sussex's wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the 'Blues and Royals'), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. As the uniform specially commissioned for the occasion is required for use by His Royal Highness, an identical uniform made for The Duke by Dege & Skinner a few years earlier will be displayed.
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.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 26 October 2018 – 17th February 2019
Please note: that admission to Windsor Castle is busiest immediately after opening and throughout the morning. We recommend you arrive after midday if possible.
The State Apartments will be closed on:
19 April 2019
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. It is not possible to see the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the State Apartments are closed
Windsor Castle will be closed on the following dates:
7 - 18 January 2019. 18 & 19 April 2019. 3 May 2019. 18th May 2019. 17th June 2019. 25 & 26 December 2019
Windsor Castle will open late on the following date:
21st April 2019 (opens 1pm)
Windsor Castle will close early on the following date:
28 April 2019 - last admission 12 pm, last admission to State Apartments 12:30 pm, closes 1pm.
Semi-State Rooms closed
14 December 2018 & 7 - 18 January 2019
It is not possible to see the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the Semi-State Rooms are closed.
During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. These rooms will re-open to the public from 26 October 2018 – March 2019 and standard admission charges apply. Please note that when the State Apartments are closed, the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.
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, 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.
18th – 19th May 2018
17th – 19th June 2018
25th & 26th December 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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