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Windsor Castle

Home to The Queen and over 900 years of royal history.

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is open to visitors all year round. 

Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.

Prices

  Windsor Castle Windsor Castle &
Conquer the Tower Tour
Adult £21.20 £29.70
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £19.30 £27.00
Under 17/Disabled £12.30 £17.90
Under 5 Free Not suitable
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £54.70 £77.30
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices Not available for groups
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Your ticket includes a multimedia tour.

Admission to the Castle on the day is free for Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage Card holders.

Different prices apply when the State Apartments are closed.

Enjoy free re-admission for a year if you buy your ticket directly from us.
Find out more.

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass.

Opening times

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
1 November - 28 February 10:00 15:00 16:15
1 March - 31 October 10:00 16:00 17:15

The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book your tickets in advance and arrive after midday.

Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.
 

Windsor Castle closures

As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, sometimes the entire Castle or the State Apartments within the Castle need to be closed at short notice.

The Castle will be completely closed on:

  • 13 July 2018
  • 11 - 12 October 2018

The Castle will have different opening times on:

  • 5 July 2018 (Last admission 15.00. Castle closes at 16.00)
  • 1 September 2018 (Last admission 15.00. Castle closes at 16.00)
  • 5 September 2018 (Last admission 15.00. Castle closes at 16.00)
  • 27 September 2018 (Last admission 15.00. Castle closes at 16.00)
  • 4 October 2018 (Last admission 15.00. Castle closes at 16.00)

The State Apartments will be closed on:

  • 19 June 2018

Different prices apply when the State Apartments are closed.

The Semi-State Rooms are open between autumn and spring each year. The Semi-State Rooms are not open on days when the State Apartments are closed.

Queen Mary's Dolls' House is currently closed due to Future Programme works, but you can explore the Dolls' House online.

 

St George's Chapel

Daily closing time

St George’s Chapel closes at 16:00, although visitors are welcome to attend the evensong service at 17:15.
 

Sundays

St. George’s Chapel is usually closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services at:

  • 08:30 – Holy Communion
  • 10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
  • 12:00 – Sung Eucharist
  • 17:15 – Evensong

 

  • The Chapel will be open to the public between 13:30 - 15:00 on 22 July, 29 July, 5 August, 12 August, 19 August and 26 August. Daily services continue as normal. 

Chapel closures

The Chapel will be closed on:

  • 15-18 June 2018

The Chapel will have different opening times on:

  • 18 August 2018 - closing at 13:00
  • 14 December 2018 - closing at 15:30

Practical information

  • We suggest you allow 2½-3 hours for your visit. 
  • The Castle is at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
  • The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book your tickets in advance and arrive after midday.
  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • You can take photographs outside the Castle buildings, but not inside or within St George's Chapel. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin. We also have a guide for families and an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors.
  • Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the State Apartments or St George’s Chapel. To visit a café or restaurant in the town, you can pick up a re-entry permit.
  • Pushchairs can be used around the Castle grounds, but need to be checked in near the entrance to the State Apartments. Read more about visiting with children.
  • There are toilets and baby-care facilities around the Castle. 


More practical information

Map & directions

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station, London which is near Victoria station.

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

What's on

3 – 31 August 2018

Exclusive Evening Tour

In the company of an expert guide, enjoy a 'behind-the-ropes' experience in the State Apartments.

1 August - 30 September 2018

Conquer the Tower Tour

Climb the 200 steps to the top of the iconic Round Tower and enjoy breathtaking views.

Shopping and eating

Windsor Castle shops

The Castle shops offer a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.

You'll find homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards. Please ask us about our home-delivery service. The income from every purchase you make contributes directly to the care of the Royal Collection.

Shop online

Refreshments

You'll find water and edible gifts in the Castle shops. If you'd like to visit a café or restaurant in the town, you can pick up a re-entry permit from the Castle shops or the multimedia-guide return point.

Unfortunately eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the State Apartments or St George’s Chapel. 

Read about our plans to transform the visitor experience at Windsor Castle, which include opening up the medieval Undercroft to become the Castle's first permanent café. 

Children and families

Things to do

Pick up a family multimedia guide and learn about the magical characters who live at the Castle, including Gilbert the Grotesque.

Top five things to look out for

Find the place where 10 kings are buried, including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Try our online games

How much do you know about Henry VIII?

Download a family activity trail

Download one of our free trails for children aged 5 – 11 to learn more about the Castle.

What's on for children and families

Groups

Group prices

We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 people or more.

Group bookings

You don't have to pre-book your group visit. Buy your tickets from the Admission Centre on the day.

Coach parking

There's coach parking in Windsor town centre. Unfortunately coaches can't drop off or pick up directly outside the Castle.

Guiding

Windsor Castle-authorised Blue Badge Guides are welcome to guide within the Precincts, but not inside the Castle.

What's on for groups

Schools

Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to Windsor Castle. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. If you are a teacher or group organiser, our schools visit information will help you plan your day.

Access and mobility

Windsor Castle is fully accessible. It's at the top of a steep hill, and long distances have to be covered on site. Concessionary rates are available for you if you have a disability, and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For further assistance, please contact the Specialist Sales team, +44 (0)303 123 7324 or via email.   

Access events

About the Castle

Who built the Castle

William the Conqueror chose the site for Windsor Castle, high above the river Thames.

Who lived at the Castle

Queen Victoria spent most of the year at Windsor.

Fire at the Castle

In 1992 fire destroyed many rooms at the Castle. The award-winning restoration took 5 years to complete.

The Castle today

The Queen uses the Castle for State occasions and official events. Her Majesty also spends her weekends here.

Timeline

Explore 1,000 years of history through the Castle's buildings.

Future Programme

Read about our plans to transform your experience at the Castle.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle film

Watch a short film about visiting the Castle.

Nearby

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The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Open February to November.

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The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

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Clarence House

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Windsor Castle

Open daily.