Windsor Castle Tickets

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Opening hours

1st March to 31st October - 9.30am to 5.15pm

1st November to 28th February - 9.45am to 4.15pm

Last admission one hour and 15 minutes before closing

The Castle may close at other times for Royal or State events. Check the website for full details.

How to get there

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Travelling by train is one of the best ways to get to Windsor Castle. The nearest station to the Castle is ten minutes' walk away at Windsor and Eton Central, with connections to Slough and onto mainline trains into London or west towards Bristol. There is no public parking at the castle itself, but there are several pay-and-display car parks within the town, all of which are clearly signposted.

FAQ

How old is Windsor Castle?
Construction began on Windsor castle in the reign of William the Conqueror in the 11th century. It's been added to by practically every monarch since. Most of the castle as we see it today was renovated by George IV in the 1820s. More recently, areas of the castle had to be extensively repaired after a serious fire broke out in 1992.
Does the Queen live at Windsor?
The Queen's official residence is Buckingham Palace in central London, but she spends most weekends at Windsor Castle. If the Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flag will be flying from the roof of the castle. The Queen's private apartments are separate from the state apartments and other parts of the castle visited on the tour, so even if she is at the castle, visitors are unlikely to catch a glimpse of her.
When is Changing of the Guard?
VChanging of the Guard ceremonies usually take place at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am. Any changes to the schedule are advertised on the castle's website. This is a popular ceremony with visitors and a great photo opportunity, so it's wise to arrive early to secure the best vantage spots.
How long will a visit take?
There's lots to see in Windsor Castle, including grounds and the chapel as well as the castle itself. The castle covers a large area, so a fair amount of walking is also required. Most visitors to Windsor spend between 2.5 and 3 hours at the castle, but your time inside is not restricted and you are free to spend as long as you wish inside.
Is there a guided tour?
Perhaps the best way to see Windsor Castle is by using the free multimedia guide which is available in nine different languages. The audio tour is narrated by the Prince of Wales, and guides visitors through the castle grounds, State Apartments and St George's Chapel. A separate guide is available for younger guests, and there is also an audio descriptive guide for blind or partially-sighted visitors.

Must-know

St George's Chapel
One of the highlights of this visit is the chance to get inside the beautiful St George's Chapel, where many royals have tied the knot. The chapel dates to the 14th century, and is Gothic in style with an elaborate vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows and carved oak seats in the choir. Hanging above the choir stalls are the flags of the Knights of the Garter. As well as the British Royal weddings, this was also where several children of Queen Victoria were married into other European royal houses.
Waterloo Chamber
One of the most spectacular rooms in Windsor Castle is the Waterloo Chamber, which was built to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon in 1805. The panelled walls of the chamber are covered in portraits of the monarchs and military leaders involved in the battle, with a huge portrait of the Duke of Wellington taking pride of place. Don't forget to look down; the carpet in the room is thought to be the largest single woven carpet in the world, and was woven by Indian prisoners in 1894.
Queen Mary's Dolls House
This intricate dolls house was made for Queen Mary, wife of King George V in the 1920s and was designed to be as true to life as possible. Every little detail is included in the house, which even boasts working electricity and running water. The house was designed by famous architect Edwin Lutyens, and even has a fully stocked wine cellar. The dolls house has been positioned to let visitors walk right around it, and examine the details from every angle.

Places nearby

Legoland Windsor
Very close to the castle is the UK's Legoland theme park, delivering fun for the whole family. There are rides, shows and even a water playpark for the kids to enjoy on hot summer days. Don't miss the famous Miniland, featuring recreations of the most iconic British buildings, including Windsor Castle, in Lego bricks.
Legoland Windsor
Legoland Windsor. Gary Perkin / Shutterstock.com
Windsor Great Park
The huge 5,000 acre Windsor Great Park was originally the monarch's hunting grounds, and is now a public green space for everyone to enjoy. It's a great place for walking, cycling or rollerblading, and kids will enjoy the large adventure play area. Why not have a picnic overlooking the lake, or have coffee and cake in one of the park's cafes?
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park. goga18128 / Shutterstock.com
Bekonscot Model Village
This quintessentially English attraction is the world's oldest model village. It originally opened in 1929, and features a 1:12 scale models with miniature railway and six separate villages, all stuck in a 1930s time warp. With over 200 buildings, 3,000 people and 1,000 animals, there is plenty to see and do. Try to spot the typically British scenes of cricket being played on the village green, or the church with its choir singing inside.
Bekonscot Model Village
Bekonscot Model Village