Uncover more than 5,000 years of history in one day with a visit to three of England's national treasures
Exploring the best out-of-town attractions from London with round-trip transfers included
A guided tour of three out-of-town attractions, steeped in over 5,000 years of England's history
A day trip from London to 4 of the UK's most desirable locations
Windsor Castle has served as the home and court of British monarchs since 1070 - over 1000 years! The castle stands tall against the clear skies of Windsor and has been a favorite among royals, state visitors, tourists and locals alike.
Whether you’re a history buff, royal fanatic or just a curious traveler, a visit to Windsor Castle is a must. Opulent staterooms and chambers decorated with breathtaking art by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt welcome visitors into the Castle. The famous Round Tower and St. George’s Chapel round off this magnificent touring experience.
Windsor Castle is situated 40 km away from the bustling city of London and is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite weekend residence. The Castle has been welcoming visitors since the 8th century - when locals would arrive by coach to marvel at the grandiose state apartments.
Over the centuries, the castle has had many additions and renovations. Through old-time wars, the English Civil War, World War I, World War II and a massive fire, Windsor castle has stood tall through it all. St. George’s Chapel is also the burial ground for 10 former English monarchs. As such, there is no better place to dive into England’s extensive history than at the Windsor Castle.
Today, the Royal Collection Trust has ensured that the Castle has retained its beauty and intriguing stories while offering the latest facilities such as a multilingual audio guide and enhancing accessibility for the visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing visitors.
Since visiting Windsor Castle is bound to be on most people’s travel list, it is advisable to book Windsor Castle tickets online. Purchasing tickets online helps avoid long lines at the Admission Center during peak hours (most mornings) while also enabling visitors to avail free travel from London and audio guides in different languages.
Once the proper tickets are bought either online or through the Admission Center, visitors can opt to go for a non-guided tour and explore on their own terms or choose a specific tour to take part in.
A typical Windsor Castle tour starts with the majestic State Apartments, graced by monarchs and their art pieces for centuries. The apartments feature decadent gold and red decorations and equally grand furnishings. Portraits and impressive art pieces from renowned artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt are hung on walls all around the Castle but the best pieces are spread between the state apartments, semi-state rooms and the different chambers where state visits and investitures are held.
A trip to the Palace is incomplete without a look at the intriguing Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House - a complete miniature house fit for royalty. The exquisitely designed dollhouse hosts several rooms, a fully-equipped wine cellar, a library, garden, royal chambers and miniature crown jewels. The dollhouse also has working electricity and lifts along with running hot and cold water.
Once outside, visitors can walk to St. George’s Chapel - a stunning chapel designed in multiple styles of architecture. A climb to the top of the Round Tower completes an engaging tour of Windsor Castle.
Most travelers prefer to have a comprehensive trip of all the areas in cities surrounding London. Thus, a combo tour that covers Windsor Castle along with Stonehenge and Bath, Salisbury or Oxford is a very popular option for most tourists and explorers.
Q. Who lives in Windsor Castle?
A. Windsor Castle has been a royal residence for over 1000 years and hosts Queen Elizabeth II on most weekends.
Q. Where is Windsor Castle?
A. Windsor Castle is in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire.
Q. How far is Windsor castle from London
A. Windsor Castle is around 40 km outside London.
Q. Is Windsor castle worth visiting
A. Yes. The Castle is steeped in centuries of British history and has so many unique attractions. It is a must-visit on your trip to London.
Q. How much time do you need to see the Windsor Castle
A. Windsor Castle takes around 2 to 3 hours to explore at a casual pace. Don’t forget to also visit St. George’s Chapel and the Round Tower.
Q. Is Windsor Castle open all year round
A. Yes, but the castle is closed on certain days every year and when members of the royal family host events at the location. For more info, you can check out the official site.
Q. Does anyone live in Windsor Castle
A. Windsor Castle is home to hundreds of minor royals and staff while also being Queen Elizabeth II’s weekend home.
Q. Does London Pass include Windsor Castle?
A. Yes. Entry to the Castle is included in the London Pass along with access to 80+ other attractions.
Q. How much is entry to Windsor Castle?
A. A standard Windsor Castle ticket costs £23.50 for adults and £13.50 for those under the age of 17 or disabled individuals. Entry to the castle is free for children under 5 years of age. Family tickets (for 2 adults and 3 children) costs £60.50.
Q. How far is Windsor Great Park from Windsor Castle
A. The Windsor Great Park is around 2.7 km (1.7 miles) away from Windsor Castle.