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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 is still a favorite residence of the royal family.

Our guide to Windsor Castle Tickets

Occupying over 10.5 hectares, the Castle offers a varied day out for visitors, including a visit to the magnificent State Apartments and St George's Chapel. The Castle's State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection, reflecting the changing tastes of the Castle's royal occupants, particularly those of Charles II and George IV. Among the masterpieces on display are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, Sèvres porcelain and exquisite English and French furniture. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the kings and queens who have lived at Windsor.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the Castle with a free multimedia tour. From October to March, visitors can also walk through the sumptuous Semi-State Apartments, which served as the private rooms of George IV in the 19th century.

Refreshments can be enjoyed in the Undercroft Café, situated in one of the oldest medieval parts of the Castle.

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.

Please note: St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day.

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.

  • 25 and 26 December – Castle completely closed.

St. George’s Chapel closures:

  • 23 and 24 December – closes at 1:00pm. 

Departure location

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ.

 

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.
  • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently 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, 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.
  • Please note: St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day.
  • Please note that our tickets cannot be used to upgrade to the annual pass.
  • Cancellation Policy: Your tickets can be cancelled free of charge up to 72 hours before the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.