Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodelled by successive kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II and George IV. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions.
Windsor Castle offers an extraordinarily rich and varied day out, all on one site. A visit to the Castle includes the magnificent State Apartments. Which are furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, fine English and French furniture, and the tiny treasures of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, the Semi-State rooms are added to the visitor route.
Your admission also includes St George’s chapel. Set within the Castle Precincts, this is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings here in England. Ten monarchs are buried here, including Henry VIII and Charles I.
Windsor Castle will be closed on the following dates:
11 – 12 October 2018
25th & 26th December 2018
Windsor Castle will close early on the following dates:
1 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
5 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
27 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
4 October 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
Photographer: Peter Packer. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Photographer: Mark Fiennes. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
For Safety and Security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route.
On arrival, you and your belongings will be subject to airport-style security checks. Please try to bring as little as possible with you as it will help you get through security more quickly.
Windsor Castle – authorised Blue Badge Guides are offered complimentary admission. Guides should go to the admissions centre on arrival and show their Windsor Castle- authorised membership card.
Windsor Castle is fully accessible and we welcome visitors with different access requirements. Concessionary rates are available for visitors with disabilities and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.
All visitors should be aware that the Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill and there are long distances that have to be covered on site.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
As the official residences of The Queen are working royal palaces, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Please check the Opening times page under each residence before planning a visit
Multimedia guide are included in the admission price at all residences and do not need to be pre-booked. They are available in nine languages.
Please note: that admission to Windsor Castle is busiest immediately after opening and throughout the morning. We recommend you arrive after midday if possible.
Take your confirmation/voucher along with your photo ID and credit card used to pay for the booking to Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ, for entry.