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Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and Queen Elizabeth II loves to spend her weekends in this stunning fortress. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the castle has been home to English royals for more than 1,000 years. Book your day trip to Windsor Castle now!

Our guide to Windsor Castle Tickets

This sprawling grand castle covers an impressive area of 13 acres and overlooks charming Windsor town – visit Windsor Castle and find out why the Royal family have lived here for centuries!

Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and 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.

Highlights Include:

  • The State Apartments,Take a look inside the heart of the working palace – the State Apartments. Regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions, the Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. Try and spot the paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci that hang from the walls! During the winter months the richly decorated Semi-State Rooms are added to the visitor route.
  • St. George's Chapel, St George’s Chapel is an imposing Gothic building and the resting place for a number of British monarchs. These include Edward IV, who built the Chapel, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Services are held regularly and this quiet church is a peaceful addition to a Windsor Castle visit.
  • The Changing of the Guard This rousing, truly British ceremony takes place at 11.00am on Thrusdays and Saturdays, weather permitting. Between April and June, its everyday from Monday to Saturday. The ceremony allows the handover of duties between two different sets of guards.
  • Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation (7 July - 26 September 2022) To mark this very special year, this event (included in your ticket price) will centre around the magnificent Sir Norman Hartnell designed Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Created in the finest white satin, embroidered with national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals. The purple silk velvet Robe of Estate was made by Ede and Ravenscroft (the royal robe-makers). It was embroidered at the Royal School of Needlework. Featuring wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising prosperity and peace, surrounding the EIIR cipher. It took 12 embroideresses, using 18 different types of gold thread, more than 3,500 hours to complete.

Opening Hours

From 1st November to 31 March,  Thursday to Monday, 10:00am – 4:15pm (last admission 3:00pm) 1 April to 31st October Thursday to Monday, 10:00am with last admission at 3:00pm. As the Castle is a working royal palace opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

Departure location

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ.


Average 4.3 out of 5 (8 customer reviews)

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Nice day trip to Windsor Castle

5 stars:

Trusted Customer reviewed 27 Jun,2022

Simple process to book for desired tickets

5 stars:

Craig Crawford reviewed 24 Jun,2022

Really easy to deal with and when we got there we were ushered passed the long queue of people who hadn't booked in advance. Highly recommend using attraction tickets for Windsor Castle.

5 stars:

Sarah Walker reviewed 12 May,2022

Very easy and straightforward

5 stars:

Trusted Customer reviewed 09 May,2022

Increased charges on Saturday for the same experience as a week day.

4 stars:

Trusted Customer reviewed 09 May,2022

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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Windsor Castle Tickets

  • You will receive an official Golden Tours voucher for your Windsor Castle visit. You must have a printed copy of this voucher to enter Windsor Castle on the day of your visit.
  • Please note - If you ARE NOT travelling within the next 72 hours then it can take up to 7 days for your tickets to be uploaded. If you ARE travelling within the next 72 hours then once you've made your booking please contact us by replying to your confirmation email or by calling our Customer Service team.
  • Please note that this experience is non-changeable and non-refundable
  • Face coverings are required in Windsor Castle. You will be refused entry without one.
  • 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.
  • Semi-State Rooms closed During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. These rooms will be open to the public from September to March. Entry is included in the cost of your ticket. Please note that when the State Apartments are closed, the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.
  • Under 5's go free
  • The Castle is open to visitors every day, including when The Queen is in residence, except for 25 and 26 December. St. George’s Chapel 23 and 24 December – closes at 1:00pm
  • As the Castle is a working royal palace opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.
  • Cancellation Policy: Once booked, this ticket cannot be cancelled, refunded, exchanged or used in conjunction with any other offer. Please keep your ticket safe as, if this is lost, it cannot be replaced


Frequently Asked Questions for Windsor Castle Tickets

General Information

What is included in my Windsor Castle ticket?

The ticket will allow you access to The State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House, St. George's Chapel and to see The Changing of the Guard.

Do I need to print my Windsor Castle ticket?

Yes you will need to print your voucher to take with you to exchange.

How can I get to Windsor Castle?

Windsor Castle is based in Windsor, Berkshire (SL4 1NJ). The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'. There is no on-site parking but there is public parking near by.

What are Windsor Castle opening times?

Windsor Castle is usually closed on Tuedays and Wednesdays throughout the year except for a few dates in December. Times for the castle and other attractions included vary throughout the year.

How long do you recommend at Windsor Castle?

It is suggested you allow 1½-2 hours for your visit. The Castle is at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances. It is best to wear comfortable shoes.

Can I take photographs?

You can take photographs outside the Castle buildings, but not inside the Castle or within St George's Chapel.

What time does St. George's Chapel close?

St George’s Chapel closes at 16:00, although visitors are welcome to attend evensong at 17:15. The Chapel is also closed to visitors on Sundays but worshippers are welcome to attend services.

Can I amend or cancel once booked?

Unfortunately Windsor Castle tickets are non-refundable/non-changeable once booked.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed within the Castle grounds, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Can I take a pushchair to Windsor Castle?

Pushchairs can be used around the Castle grounds, but will need to be checked in at the cloakroom in the Inner Hall before entering the rooms. They can be collected once you have finished touring the State Apartments. Baby hip seats are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be sanitised between uses.

Is Windsor Castle accessible to all guests?

Windsor Castle is fully accessible. It is situated at the top of a steep hill, and long distances have to be covered on site.

What languages are the multimedia guides in?

These are provided in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and BSL (British Sign Language)

Is smoking allowed at Windsor Castle?

Smoking, including e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere inside the Castle grounds.