Visiting with children: Windsor Castle

Families participating in drawing activities in the Lower Ward, Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle offers a great day out for children.  Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

Things to do during your visit

Take the free family audio tour
Horace, a timeless tutor, and Tommy, his pupil, are your guides.  They introduce you to the many magical characters who live at Windsor Castle, including Gilbert the Grotesque, Tipu Tiger and Cyril, a Page of the Back Stairs.
(Aimed at children aged 7-11 years)

Follow a family activity trail
Pick up one of our trails to learn more about the Castle and its magnificent treasures.

Join a guided tour of the Castle Precincts
Tours depart from the Admission Centre at regular intervals throughout the day.

Join our family activities on Saturdays and during school holidays
Please check the What’s on calendar for details

The top five things to look out for

Queen Mary's Dolls' House
This miniature house was built for Queen Mary in 1924.  It has running water and electricity, and is filled with thousands of tiny objects made by the leading artists, designers and craftsmen of the day.

Grand Reception Room
This wonderfully lavish room was entirely restored following the 1992 fire. It contains three chandeliers and the walls and ceiling are gilded with gold leaf.

St George’s Hall
This enormous room is used for State Banquets, when The Queen entertains visiting Heads of State from around the world. Look at the colourful coats of arms on the ceiling and see if you can spot the blank shields of disgraced knights.

King’s Bedchamber
Look at the ostrich feathers on top of this amazing bed. The bed hangings (curtains) were made in French royal colours for Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie when they visited Queen Victoria in 1855. See if you can spot their initials at the foot of the bed.

Changing the Guard
The ceremony usually takes place at 11:00 in the Castle’s Lower Ward and lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, please check the ceremony timetable.

Practical information

  • Lavatories and baby-care facilities are available on arrival in the Courtyard and on the North Terrace.
  • Bottled water can be purchased from the Courtyard Shop and Middle Ward Shop.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Apartments. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.
  • There are three shops within the Castle Precincts.  They offer a wide range of interesting gifts for children and a number of items priced between £1 and £5.  
  • At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass. Then visit us again.

Things to do at home

For activities and colouring sheets to enjoy at home see the top right-hand corner of this page.

Stay in touch

To keep up to date with our programme of family activities, please join our family mailing list.
E-mail familylearning@royalcollection.org.uk
Telephone 020 7766 7304