Mobility access: Windsor Castle

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Wheelchairs & Lifts

Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis for the duration of a visit. Mobility scooters can be used in the precinct areas, and are permitted inside the Castle provided they are compatible with the lifts.

The lift giving access to the State Apartments measures 114cm in depth by 94cm in width and has a weight limit of 500kg.
The lift giving access to the Semi-State Rooms measures 120cm in depth by 80cm in width and has a weight limit of 630kg.


The Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill.

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There are two stepped entrances into the Castle. There are 17 stone steps into Queen Mary's Dolls' House from the North Terrace.

Steps into Queen Mary's Dolls' House, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

Alternatively there are nine stone steps and then 11 carpeted steps into the main building.

Steps at the main entrance to the State Apartments, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

Steps in the Grand Entrance, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

There are 28 steps in the Grand Staircase which leads to the State Apartments.

The Grand Staircase, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

Alternative ramped access is available by entering the building via the Access Entrance in Engine Court, and lift access is available for access to the State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms. Mobility scooters may be used in the precincts only.

St George's Chapel

There are three stone steps into St George’s Chapel.

Steps at the entrance to St George's Chapel, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor CastleSt George's Chapel

There are 3 stone steps into St George’s Chapel. An alternative entrance without steps is available, please ring the bell at the main chapel entrance. Inside the Chapel there are six sets of steps (minimum one step, maximum three steps) all of which have access ramps.

Flooring & surfaces

Most rooms are carpeted with thick pile carpet or polished wooden floors.

Flooring in the State Apartments, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

The Drawings Gallery and St George's Chapel both have stone floors. In some outside areas the ground is cobbled and uneven. As Windsor Castle is an historic building, the floors may be uneven and visitors should take care.

Respite seating

Benches are provided at regular intervals throughout the Castle Precincts; in the State Apartments in the Queen's Drawing Room and St George's Hall; and within St George’s Chapel. Additional seating is also available in the State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms on request.

Bench seating in the State Apartments, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

Visitors are welcome to use walking sticks or folding stools with seat attachments, provided that they have rubber stoppers.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome and water is available on request.


There are four shops at Windsor Castle, they are located in the Courtyard, Middle Ward, Engine Court and Lower Ward. All shops are on one level and accessible, with stone flooring.
Middle Ward shop is the largest shop with easy access and plenty of room to manoeuvre.

Middle Ward shop, Windsor CastleFile group: AccessWindsor Castle

In St George's Chapel, the Cloister shop is on a level with stone flooring and both till points have low sections for wheelchair users.


Accessible lavatories are located at the Admission Centre, on the North Terrace and in Engine Court and are locked with a RADAR key. Please ask a warden to unlock them if you do not have your own key.

Parking & transport

There is no parking available at Windsor Castle. The nearest disabled parking bays are located on the High Street. The Castle Admission Centre is a short, uphill, walk away.
For further information please see how to get there.

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