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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
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Windsor Castle
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  • Windsor Castle Family Activities.  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014. Photographer Hayley Madden
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  • The Round Tower  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • The Round Tower  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • The Round Tower with Queens Guards in front   © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • Lantern Lobby  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • Garter Throne Room  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • Crimson Drawing Room at Christmas   © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • The Queens ballroom  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • St Georges Hall   © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
  • Waterloo Chamber   © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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About

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years and is today one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. In 2018, the Castle provided a spectacular backdrop to two royal weddings, which took place in St George’s Chapel.

Occupying over 10.5 hectares, the Castle offers a varied day out for visitors, including a visit to the magnificent State Apartments and an opportunity to see St George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. The Castle's State Apartments are furnished with some of the greatest works from the Royal Collection, reflecting the changing tastes of the Castle's royal occupants, particularly those of Charles II and George IV. Among the masterpieces on display are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, Sèvres porcelain and exquisite English and French furniture. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the Castle with a free multimedia tour. From September to March, visitors can also walk through the sumptuous Semi-State Apartments, which served as the private rooms of George IV in the 19th century.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift - gives access to State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms. | Changing Places toilet facilities also available
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop on audio tour.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs - water available on request
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Assistance animals are welcome and water is available on request.
  • Ramp / Level Access

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Italian audio guide
  • Japanese audio guide
  • Mandarin audio guide
  • Portuguese audio guide - Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Key Features

  • In town/city centre

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking - Pay-and-display coach parking is available on Alma Road in the town centre and is clearly signed from all approach routes. A lift takes visitors from the coach park to Windsor & Eton Central Station, which is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Admissions Centre and Castle entrance. Coaches can't set down or pick up passengers at the entrance to Windsor Castle. Further information about coach parking can be found on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website.
  • Parking (charge) - No car parking on site but follow the signs for LONG STAY PARKING in Windsor town centre; these car parks are better value if you are visiting the castle.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - A typical visit lasts between 2 and 3 hours.
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted - Only Blue Bage Guides accredited to Windsor Castle are permitted to guide within the precincts of the Castle.
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 9999
  • Min group size - 15
  • Prior Booking Recommended - Pre-booking advised
  • Special group rates - Reduced admission charges apply to groups of 15 or more visitors
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Mandarin printed material
  • Portuguese printed material - Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Target Markets

  • Family Fun - In addition to trails and a children's audio guide we now offer an exciting family programme every Saturday throughout the year, linked to the amazing history of Windsor Castle, the magnificent art works on display and the royal residents past and present who have lived here.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount

Opening Times

* Please visit the website for opening times. The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book your tickets in advance and arrive after midday.

Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.

As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, sometimes the entire Castle or the State Apartments within the Castle need to be closed at short notice. Visit www.rct.uk for details of opening times.

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Awards

  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020

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