Windsor Castle

The Residence of British Kings & Queens for over 900 Years

Situated in the picturesque town of Windsor, Berkshire, this magnificent castle serves as both a royal residence and a symbol of the British monarchy. Explore the grandeur of its state apartments, the rich heritage of St. George's Chapel, and the stunning views from its grounds.

Please Note: Our website is not the official website of the the royal collection trust and have no link or association with Windsor Castle, the King or the Royal family nor is it operated with their endorsement. It is, however, provided by dedicated royalists for your information and is the UKs oldest and much loved unoffical guide.

Guide leading a tour at Windsor Castle
Tour group exploring the State Rooms at Windsor Castle
Visitors learning about royal history on a guided tour

The Largest Inhabited Working Castle in the World

The stunning 13-acre site is the largest and oldest occupied, working castle in the world. The reigning monarch is in residence if the flag flying from the Round Tower is the Royal Standard.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the palace's history through the special exhibitions, walk through the re-imagined childhood rooms of Queen Victoria, take a tour around the King and Queen's State Apartments, or explore the world-renowned gardens.

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.

Windsor Castle Highlights

One of the main highlights of a visit to Windsor Castle is the State Apartments, which are open to the public when the Royal Family is not in residence. These apartments are lavishly decorated with beautiful furnishings, priceless artwork, and ornate ceilings. Visitors can admire the opulence of the Grand Reception Room, the magnificent St. George's Hall, and the impressive Waterloo Chamber, which features portraits of the Duke of Wellington and other military heroes.

Another must-see attraction is the castle's Chapel, St. George's Chapel, which is renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture. This chapel has been the site of many royal weddings and funerals, including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Visitors can marvel at the intricate stonework, beautiful stained glass windows, and ornate carvings in this historic chapel.

For those interested in military history, the Changing of the Guard ceremony is a must-see event. This ceremony takes place outside the castle gates and features a procession of soldiers in their iconic red uniforms. The ceremony lasts around 30 minutes and is a great opportunity to witness British tradition and pageantry up close.

In addition to these highlights, there are many other areas of Windsor Castle to explore, including the beautiful gardens, the impressive Round Tower, and the historic Queen Mary's Dolls' House, which is a miniature replica of an aristocratic home from the 1920s.

Historic Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is one of the most significant historical landmarks in the United Kingdom. Its history dates back to the 11th century when it was built by William the Conqueror as a motte-and-bailey castle. Over the centuries, it has been expanded and modified by many monarchs, including Henry II, Edward III, and George IV. Today, it stands as a testament to the rich history and architectural beauty of England.

One of the most significant moments in Windsor Castle's history was during the reign of Edward III. He transformed the castle into a luxurious palace and built St. George's Chapel, which became the official chapel of the Order of the Garter. The chapel's intricate designs and beautiful stained-glass windows are a testament to the architectural achievements of the time.

Throughout history, Windsor Castle has been the site of many royal events. One of the most notable was the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, which took place in St. George's Chapel. The castle has also been the setting for many state visits and official receptions.

Travel to Windsor

Visiting Windsor Castle by Train, Bus or Car?
Information below. View Opening Times and Closures

Visit by Train

Windsor is accessible from both Waterloo and Paddington stations.

Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station depart half hourly and hourly on Sundays.

Paddington to Windsor Central depart every 10 to 15 minutes changing once at Slough.

Visit By Bus

National Express: Operates direct coach services from London to Windsor. The journey typically takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

The Green Line 702 bus service: Runs between London Victoria and Windsor, stopping at various points along the way. This is a convenient and scenic route, taking approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Visit By Car

Windsor is accessible via the M3, M4, M25 and M40 Drive time from London is 40 minutes.

Consider long stay parking as a 20-minute walk saves 30% of normal short stay fees.

Park and Ride services are located at Legoland Windsor (free parking) or Windsor Home Park (pay and display).

An Unforgettable Experience

A visit to Windsor Castle is a truly unforgettable experience, offering a glimpse into the fascinating history of the British Royal Family and the rich cultural heritage of England. With so many incredible sights to see, it's no wonder that Windsor Castle remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom.

Visiting Windsor Castle in 2024

A Windsor Castle admission ticket provides access to all public areas of the castle and gardens. By booking your ticket and arrival slot online in advance, you can help ensure your visit goes to plan.

Opening Times
1st March – 31st October

Open Thursday to Monday: 10:00-17:15 - Last admission: 16:00

1st November – 28th February

Open Thursday to Monday: 10:00-16:15 - Last admission: 15:00

Please Note:

Closed: Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Due to Windsor Castle's status as a functioning royal palace, there may be occasions where either the entire castle or the State Apartments within it must be closed with little advance notice.

Visitors Frequently Asked Questions

It is best to book in advance as there is a reduction in price if you book in advance compared to paying on the day. Children under 5 enter for free.
In advance On the day
Adult £28 £30
Young Adult (18-24) £18 £19.50
Child (5-17) £15.50 £16.50
Disabled £15.50 £16.50

While photography is allowed outside the Castle buildings, it is strictly prohibited inside the Castle as well as within St George's Chapel.

Yes, you can get refreshments at Windsor Castle. The Undercroft Café, located in the castle's medieval Undercroft, offers visitors the chance to relax with a refreshing drink or a bite to eat. It is important to note that consuming food and beverages is strictly prohibited inside the State Apartments or St George's Chapel. Additionally, the castle has a gift shop that offers a selection of snacks and beverages for visitors to enjoy on-the-go.

Yes, multimedia guides are included in the admission fee for all visitors. This provides a self-guided tour of the castle's highlights. The guides are available in several languages.

Windsor Castle welcomes all visitors with accessibility in mind. Concessionary rates are offered to individuals with disabilities, and a complimentary admission is granted to their accompanying companion. This ensures that everyone can enjoy the splendor of Windsor Castle without any barriers.

There is no onsite paeking at windsor castle however the town of windsor has several pay and display car parks close by.
River St car park (SL4 1QT), Alma road car park (SL4 3HY) and Alexandra car park (SL4 3HY) are all within walking distance of windsor castle.
There is also a park and ride located at Romney Lock (SL4 6HX)

Yes, group booking are available. Ideally groups should pre-book an arrival time.
Please call the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)303 123 7321.
Groups of 15 or over will receive a discounted admission fee.

The Guards march from Victoria barracks in windsor and into the castle via Sheet street and then High street.
They usually arrive in the castle just before 11:00am.
If you want to see the full ceremony you will need to be inside the castle.
The times can be subject to change so please check the household divisions website for up to date information and to see which regiment will be on duty.