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Windsor Castle

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Free entry to Windsor Castle with The London Pass
Normal Ticket Price: Adult: £19.20 Child: £11.30

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Visit the Queen's favourite weekend residence and see the Changing of the Guards at the historic Windsor Castle

Factor in a short trip outside London to visit the impressive and historic Windsor Castle. Famous for its architecture and longstanding Royal place of residence, the Castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion. As well as having been used as a military headquarters during the Civil War and as a refuge for the royal family during WWII, Windsor Castle is now Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite weekend home.

Highlights:

  • Oldest and largest occupied castle in the world
  • Preferred weekend residence of the Queen
  • Built over 900 years ago and is steeped in royal history and antique furnishings
  • Traditional State Apartments and Queen Mary’s Doll House

Did you know:

  • Windsor Castle grounds cover nearly 5 hectares
  • During the Blitz in World War 2, the windows of Windsor Castle were blacked out and the royal bedrooms were strengthened in case the castle was bombed
  • St George’s Chapel is deemed one of the most beautiful and impressive buildings in England and is the burial place of 10 monarchs
  • The Long Walk, a paved avenue of trees, runs south of the castle for 3 long miles in a straight line
  • The exclusive and renowned school Eton College (where Prince William and Harry were educated) is situated about half a mile from the castle
  • As of 2006, around 500 people were living and working in the castle

Don’t miss:

Changing of the Guards

Catch the traditional military parade and Changing of the Guards up the high street and into the castle to the Lower Ward. The ceremony lasts 30 minutes and starts at 11:00 (but you can catch the march up the hill at 10:50) and weather permitting they’re accompanied by a band. The Guard March takes place all year round on alternate days from August to March and daily during April, May, June and July (apart from Sundays).

Note: The Changing of the Guards schedule is set by the British Army. Best check the Royal Collection's website for latest information and updates.

State Apartments

Home to over 39 monarchs, Windsor Castle has seen the tastes and décor vary hugely over the centuries. The State Apartments pay homage to the differing tastes of the royal occupants from lavish furnishings and treasures from the Royal Collection, including masterpieces by Rubens, Holbein, Brueghel and Van Dyck.

London Pass holders get a free self-guided audio tour that lasts around 2 hours.

Queen Mary’s Dolls House

Built by the leading architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for Queen Mary in the early 1920s, this dolls house is the largest and most intricate in the world. The scale is tiny, at 1:12, and the house is filled with one-off specially commissioned pieces from leading artists and craftsmen. Observe the minute detail of the library, wine cellar and marvel at the facilities, including running water and electricity.

St George’s Chapel

This Gothic masterpiece is one of the finest examples of its style of architecture in the country. It is the home of the Order of the Garter, established in 1348, and houses the tombs of ten sovereigns including Henry VIII.

Open Monday – Saturday: The Chapel closes at 16:15 (last entry 16:00) in order to prepare for the evening service at 17:15 (doors open at 17:00)

Waterloo at Windsor 1815 - 2015

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon. In celebration of the allied victory, George IV created the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, a grand space filled with portraits of those instrumental in the victory, among them the Duke of Wellington.

Throughout 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815–2015 will combine a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explores the battle and its aftermath.

The trail will highlight objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture, weapons and the beautiful red cloak belonging to Napoleon, presented to George IV by Wellington's ally, Field-Marshal Gebhardt von Blücher. Running 31st January 2015 - 13th January 2016.

Find out more about this Royal retreat and Windsor Castle’s dramatic history. From fun facts and monarchic milestones, explore the past and present of the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle with our interactive infographic series.

Windsor Castle

How to get there:

- If you have opted for a London Pass with Travel package, travel to Windsor Castle is included.

- Travel from London Paddington only, board a train for Slough and change at Slough for a train to Windsor & Eton Central

- Show your London Pass to the ticket controller at the ticket barrier at London Paddington and they will let you through. Travel is free of charge and included in the price of the package. Do not use your Oyster Travelcard at the barrier as this will affect your credit.

Make the most of your London Pass:

- Free Windsor Castle Tickets - worth £19.20
- Skip the queues with exclusive Fast Track Entry
- Click here for a list of special offers, deals and discounts in Windsor & Eton

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Best deal in London - I have used the London Pass my last two trips and it has been wonderful. Especially if you add the Tube option, a great way to see sights you may not have if purchased separately. Would recommend it to anyone.
Sherry Waddell from USA

March to October
Monday 09.45 - 17.15
Tuesday 09.45 - 17.15
Wednesday 09.45 - 17.15
Thursday 09.45 - 17.15
Friday 09.45 - 17.15
Saturday 09.45 - 17.15
Sunday 09.45 - 17.15
Last Admission: 16.00
November to February
Monday 09.45 - 16.15
Tuesday 09.45 - 16.15
Wednesday 09.45 - 16.15
Thursday 09.45 - 16.15
Friday 09.45 - 16.15
Saturday 09.45 - 16.15
Sunday 09.45 - 16.15
Last Admission: 15.00

Closed: St Georges Chapel is closed on Sunday. As the Castle is a working Royal Residence opening times may vary.

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Address:

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ,

Telephone:

020 7766 7304