Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor Castle has since been the home of 39 monarchs.
It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.
Fortunately, Windsor Castle is open to visitors throughout the year. Tickets must be booked in advance.
To guarantee entry, we suggest booking online at least 24 hours in advance because Windsor Castle is a top attraction!
The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. It includes paintings by Holbein, Van Dyck and Rubens.
The Semi-State Rooms are the private apartments created for George IV. The rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining.
St George’s Chapel
St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. Within the Chapel are the tombs of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.
Changing the Guard
Changing the Guard is a colourful spectacle and can be watched by Castle visitors on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House was built between 1921 and 1924 for Queen Mary, wife of George V, by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The Long Walk
Visible from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle, the ‘Long Walk’ is a 2,64-mile tree-lined avenue created during the reign of Charles II.
It is part of Windsor Great Park as it lies outside the Castle boundary, and views of the Castle or the Copper Horse at either end of the avenue are among the most recognisable views in Windsor.
We explored Windsor on foot, and we can highly recommend the Queen’s Walkway.
This walking route was opened by The Queen on her 90th birthday on 21 April 2016 to mark the occasion of The Queen becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
The Queen’s Walkway is a symbolic 6.373km long for the 63 years, 7 months and 3 days (one day more than Queen Victoria’s reign) and links 63 of Windsor’s best attractions, features and views.
Cool Places to Explore: The Chilterns AONB | Eton College | Windsor Great Park | National Trust Runnymede | Frogmore House & Gardens.