Overview

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and Queen Elizabeth II loves to spend her weekends in this stunning fortress. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the castle is still a favourite residence of the royal family.
This sprawling grand home covers an area of 13 acres and overlooks charming Windsor town – pay the castle a visit and find out why our royals have lived here for centuries!
The State Apartments

  • Take a look inside the heart of the working palace – the State Apartments. Regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions, the Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. Try and spot the paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci that hang from the walls! During the winter months, the richly decorated Semi-State Rooms are added to the visitor route.

Queen Mary’s Dolls House

  • Specially built for Queen Mary by leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s, Queen Mary’s Dolls House is a magical miniature residence with extraordinary attention to detail. Complete with working lights, running water and a tiny garden, this dolls house is a perfect replica of an aristocratic home. The library is even filled with original works by famous writers of the day!

St George’s Chapel

  • St George’s Chapel is an imposing Gothic building and the resting place for a number of British monarchs. These include Edward IV, who built the Chapel, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Services are held regularly and this quiet church is a peaceful addition to a Windsor Castle visit.

The Changing of the Guard

  • This rousing, truly British ceremony takes place at 11.00am, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday between April and the end of June. The rest of the year it takes place on alternate days, with the exception of Sundays.

Schedule:

Daily

  • November 2017 to February 2018: 9:45am - 4:15pm (last admission 3:00pm)
  • March 2018 to October 2018: 9:30am - 5:30pm (last admission 4:00pm)
  • November 2018 to February 2019: 9:45am - 4:15pm (last admission 3:00pm)

(Windsor Castle is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when the Castle is in use for official functions)
Windsor Castle Completely Closed:

  • 25 - 26 December 2018: Castle completely closed
  • 7 - 18 January 2019: Castle completely closed
  • 18 - 19 April 2019: Castle completely closed
  • 3 May 2019: Castle completely closed

*St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services. These occur at the following times:

  • 08:30 – Holy Communion
  • 10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
  • 11:45 – Sung Eucharist
  • 17:15 – Evensong

Please Note:

  • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.

Additional Information:

Please note:

  • There is a FULL CLOSURE of Windsor Castle from 7 – 18 January 2019.
  • Queen Mary's Dolls' House at Windsor Castle will be closed to visitors from Friday, 6 July, until further notice.
  • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
  • Under 5's go free

Venue Information:

  • Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
  • Nearest Train Station: Windsor and Eton Central or Windsor and Eton Riverside
1 Day 21 Oct, 22 Oct, 23 Oct, and more Windsor and Maidenhead, England
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Visit the State Apartments
  • See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
  • Go Inside Gothic St George’s Chapel
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Multimedia guides available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian & Brazilian Portuguese 
Pickup point
Directions.
Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK View on Map