Windsor Castle

A Warm Welcome to Windsor Castle

The Residence of British Kings & Queens for over 900 Years

Our website brings you information and facts about Windsor Castle, where the Queen spends most of her private weekends. We’ll tell you when to visit, about the rich history of Windsor Castle, news and planned events. Moreover, we’ll tell you how to book your tickets and practical information you may require.

Windsor Castle Tours

Windsor Castle is open to visitors daily, but times may be subject to change Windsor Castle is open to visitors all year round.
Please make a note of final admission times on the day of your visit as entrance to the state departments closes 30 minutes after this time. Windsor Castle is a working entity and therefore may need to close areas as required.
Visitors are advised to book their tickets in advance as the admissions centre can get extremely busy throughout the morning. Hoardings may be seen along the visitor route, this is for visitor’s protection whilst improvement projects are underway.

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Scheduled Closures

Up to 31st October 2019 Last admission is 4pm and the castle closes at 5:15pm From 1st November 2019 Last admission is 3pm and the castle closes at 4:15pm

On the 3rd of July 7th September 2nd & 3rd October 2019 the last admission is 3pm the castle will close at 4pm. 25th & 26th December 2019 Castle completely closed In 2019 the Semi-State Rooms will re-open on the 28th September until Spring but close when the State Apartments are closed. Queen Mary's Dolls' House is currently closed. St George’s Chapel closes at 4pm.

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Castle Highlights

St Georges Chapel

Visitors can look up above the choir stalls and see the insignia of the Knights of the Garter, helmets, banners and swords.

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Changing The Guard

Changing of the Guard takes place at Windsor Castle amidst the stunning backdrop of the oldest and largest occupied Royal Castle in the world.

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Travel Tips

Windsor& the Castle is easily accessable by public transport & car. See below for more information.

Windsor Castle Facts

Windsor Castle Facts

Windsor Castle is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. It has been home to English Royalty for almost 1000 years. The stunning 13-acre site is the largest and oldest occupied, working castle in the world. The Queen is in residence if the flag flying from the Round Tower is the Royal Standard.

The castle hosts formal state events, ceremonial occasions and visits from foreign dignitaries and overseas Heads of State. Windsor castle has its own changing of the guard which has been performed since 1660.

St George’s Chapel is the home of the Order of the Garter, an annual event founded by Edward III in 1348.

Banquets and Ceremonies

Ceremonial and State occasions

Windsor Castle is famous for ceremonial and State occasions. Official visits from overseas Heads of State are recognised by State Banquets in St George’s Hall. Silver-gilt and porcelain from the Royal Collection adorns the magnificent dining table seating 160 guests.

The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III in 1348 at Windsor Castle. There is an annual thanksgiving service in St Georges Chapel with full robes and insignia. Headed by the Queen, senior Royal Family members join the 24 knights selected in recognition of their work. Every knight or lady of the garter is recorded by a coat of arms mounted in St George’s hall.

The changing of the guard at Windsor Castle takes place on the lawn of the Quadrangle outside the Royal Apartments when the Queen is in residence. At other times, the ceremony takes place in the Lower Ward with leaving Regiment and entering New Guard using the Henry VIII Gate.

The Moat Room

The Moat Room

The new Moat Room houses three models of Windsor Castle crafted in bronze. Designed to show the evolution of the historic site, they are accompanied by a timeline of reigning monarchs which is mounted on the walls of the room.

The years depicted by the models are 1080, 1216 and 1377 as they were points in history when the simple fort was expanded and developed into a palace of great importance in medieval Europe.