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  • £20.50 Adult
  • £12.00 Child (5-16)
  • £18.70 Senior/Student
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Windsor Castle Ticket

Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The Castle’s dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and its magnificent State Rooms and works of art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens.  In 1992 a devastating fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle.  The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.




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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world
  • HM The Queen and her family spend most of their private weekends
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish
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Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The Castle’s dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and its magnificent State Rooms and works of art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens.  In 1992 a devastating fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle.  The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.

HM The Queen and her family spend most of their private weekends at Windsor Castle.  The Queen is also officially in residence throughout April and June, when the annual Garter Service is held in St George’s Chapel.

Upon arrival at Windsor Castle, audio guides are available in different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.

The State Apartments, the heart of the working palace, are regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions.  They are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck.  During the winter months the Semi-State Rooms, among the most richly decorated interiors in the castle are added to the visitor route.

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is the most famous dolls’ house in the world.  It took three years to complete and involved the work of 1,500 tradesmen, artists and authors.  The house is unusually well equipped for its day with modern comforts and labour saving devices.  It has electric lighting, an electric vacuum cleaner, hot and cold running water, and even flushing lavatories.

St. George’s Chapel is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in England.  It has been the setting for many royal weddings and is the burial place of ten sovereigns.  The Chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of the Order of the Garter.  Britain’s highest Order of Chivalry.

The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11:00am, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday between April and the end of June, and on alternate days for the rest of the year, with the exception of Sundays.

The Castle is open to visitors everyday, including when The Queen is in residence, except for 25 and 26 December.  As the Castle is a working royal palace opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.



Important Information

  • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
  • Under 5’s go free

Venue Information

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
Nearest Train Station: Windsor and Eton Central or Windsor and Eton Riverside

Schedule

March 2017 to October 2017: 09:30am – 17:30pm (last admission 16:00pm)

November 2017 to February 2018: 09:45am – 16:15pm (last admission 15:00pm)

(Windsor Castle is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when the Castle is in use for official functions)

25 – 26 December 2017 – Closed

*St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day.  Worshippers are welcome to attend the services.  These occur at the following times:
08:30 – Holy Communion
10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
11:45 – Sung Eucharist
17:15 – Evensong



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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