Windsor Castle Tours

Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited working castle in the world.
The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

Since inception, 39 monarchs have added their vision, reshaping and rebuilding the castle to what is said to be our Queens’s ‘favourite’ residence. Her Majesty spends many weekends at Windsor Castle which is often used for official State visits and ceremonies.


Dominating the town of Windsor

Situated on an outcrop of chalk, sits Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited working castle in the world. Occupying 13 acres above the South Bank of the River Thames. The building comprises a large Round Tower flanked by two quadrilateral complexes, to the west the Lower Ward and to the east the Upper Ward.

William the Conqueror built the original fortress with wood following victory at the battle of Hastings in 1066. Henry I was the first King to use the location as home and replaced the wood with stone. Henry II added a stone keep and upgraded the walls.

Huge amounts of money were invested into the restoration of the castle during the reign of Edward III. Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert used the Castle as their much-loved family home and now it has become the family home of our Queen and you have the chance to see and experience this awe-inspiring site. Home to our Monarchs for over 900 years.


William the Conqueror

Windsor Castle Tours

William the Conqueror built the original fortress with wood following victory at the battle of Hastings in 1066. Henry I was the first King to use the location as home and replaced the wood with stone. Henry II added a stone keep and upgraded the walls.

Huge amounts of money were invested into the restoration of the castle during the reign of Edward III. Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert used the Castle as their much-loved family home and now it has become the family home of our Queen and you have the chance to see and experience this awe-inspiring site. Home to our Monarchs for over 900 years.

Since inception, 39 monarchs have added their vision, reshaping and rebuilding the castle to what is said to be our Queens’s ‘favourite’ residence. Her Majesty spends many weekends at Windsor Castle which is often used for official State visits and ceremonies.


So, what can you expect?

Walking in the Footsteps of Royalty.

On arrival you will clear a security check and receive an introduction to the castle. You will then walk to the north terrace to the State Apartments entrance. Here you can choose to tour the State Apartments or Queen Mary’s Dolls House.
The Dolls House is the largest in the world. Built with exquisite craftmanship between 1921 and 1924, it showcases the work of the most gifted artisans, craftsmen , artists and manufacturers in the world. A perfect miniature palace begins a tour around the real thing.

The State Rooms are used by the Queen for hosting guests and can be visited during winter. The State Apartments are full of treasures from the Royal Collection and include a suit of armour worn by Henry VIII.

Take advantage of the precinct tour (included in the ticket price) where a warden will guide you and share those snippets of information you can’t get anywhere else, as you go along. These guided tours last 30 minutes and depart from the Courtyard.

Final Checks

To make the day perfect make sure you check everything that is on offer on the day of your visit. Windsor Castle is a working royal palace so sometimes there are closures at short notice. Allow 2 or 3 hours for your visit, it is a very large site with lots of distance to be covered.

You can opt for an audio tour (included in the ticket price) which guides you around the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls House, State Apartments and St Georges Chapel at a speed that suits you. Guides are available in 10 different languages. Backpacks and pushchairs must be checked in and reclaimed when you leave.

You can watch the changing of the guard at 11:00 (check schedule) then get your ticket stamped for re entry and avoid the coach tours. Discover the joys of Windsor, maybe get some delicious lunch in the town and then return when the Castle has less tourists for a more relaxed viewing.