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.
5 April: State Apartments closed
14 April: Closed
16 April: Opens at 13.00
23 April: Last admission 12.00
25 April: Last admission 13.00, State apartments closed
19 June: Closed
- 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
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.
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)
How to get there:
- Travel to Windsor Castle is included with both London Pass and London Pass + Travel packages
- 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 pass. Do not use your Oyster Travelcard (if you have one) at the barrier as this will affect your credit.
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"We went to see so much more than if we had to pay individually. Was nice paying for it before the trip so didn't have to bring extra money and worry about running short. We also got the travel pass and restaurant discount book and discovered some very nice places to eat that we wouldn't have known about. Planning on coming back in 2014 and will buy another one! Recommend it 200%!"
Cindy from USA
|March - October|
|Monday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Tuesday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Wednesday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Thursday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Friday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Saturday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Sunday||09.30 - 17.15|
|Last Admission: 16.00|
|November - 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|
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