Windsor Castle - Windsor, Berkshire
England’s Oldest Castle
Windsor Castle is located about an hour’s drive outside of London. It is the oldest castle in England. It’s also the most famous castle in the world. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle looks out over the countryside and Windsor Great Park. Over the years, it’s been home to 39 monarchs. Today, it’s one of The Queen’s official residences. Its rooms are furnished with priceless works of art from the Royal Collection. Royal Weddings have taken place at St. George’s Chapel, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018. The Chapel also houses tombs of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour, and Charles 1.
Plan to spend at least a few hours at Windsor Castle. There’s a lot to see. Keep a look-out for any Royals. A few years ago, one of our cousins from New York visiting Windsor for the first time, caught a glimpse of the Queen as she was leaving the castle. If you have time to spare, it’s worth spending an hour or two walking around the quaint town of Windsor. It’s packed with antique shops, fun restaurants and historic pubs.
Free Guided Tour
Take a free 30-minute tour of the Castle Precincts (outside areas of the castle). Tours are led by Wardens throughout the day from the Jubilee Bandstand. Tour ends at the entrance to the State Apartments.
What To See at Windsor Castle
Visit the castle’s State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, Semi-State Rooms, Moat Room, and St. George’s Chapel.
Changing the Guard
Changing the Guard ceremony is the handover of duties between two groups of guards. The ceremony takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am. Note: Days and hours are subject to change.
Nearest Train Station
Windsor & Eaton Central or Windsor & Eaton Riverside
Visit the castle’s website for more info on ticket prices, hours, directions and tours.