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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

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.

  • 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 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.
  • 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.