Windsor Castle
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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ
  • Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people.

    The magnificent State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough. 

    In 1992 fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. By good fortune the rooms worst affected were empty at the time, and as a result, few of the Castle's artistic treasures were destroyed.  The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.

    From October to March visitors can also enjoy George IV's private apartments (the Semi-State Rooms), among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle.

    During August and September the East Terrace is open to visitors.  Overlooking Home Park and the rose garden created for George IV in the 1820s, it offers views of the East façade of the Castle, not normally visible to the public.

    St George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III. Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.

    Among the highlights of a visit to Windsor is Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the most famous dolls' house in the world.  It took three years to complete and involved 1,500 craftsmen, artists and authors.  The house has electric lighting, hot and cold running water, and even flushing lavatories.

    John Freeman  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013.

    January to February
    Open daily 09:45-16:15 (last admission 15:00)

    March to October
    Open daily 09:30-17:15 (last admission 16:00)

    November to December
    Open daily 09:45-16:15 (last admission 15:00)

    A typical visit lasts 2-3 hours.

    The Castle is closed
    15-17 January 2018
    29-30 March 2018
    1 April 2018 (Opens at 13:00)
    20 April 2018
    19 May 2018

    The State Apartments are closed
    5-19 January 2018
    23 January 2018
    19 April 2018
    21 April 2018

    The Semi-State Rooms

    Please note that the Semi-State Rooms are only open during September to March and are not open when the State Apartments are closed.

    St George's Chapel closes at 16:00, although visitors are welcome to attend the evensong service at 17:15. Please note that St. George's Chapel is closed to visitors all day 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

    As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.

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