Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and it’s rich history spans almost 1,000 years.

Your entry ticket includes access to:

  • The State Apartments decorated with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including works by Canaletto, Gainsborough, Rembrandt and Rubens.
  • Restored rooms damaged by the 1992 fire. The fire damaged over 100 rooms and some of the castle’s works of art. The restoration work was completed in 1997 by some of Europe’s finest craftsmen.
  • Semi-state rooms, formerly George IV’s private aparments and some of the most richly decorated rooms in the castle. (Open October – March)
  • St George’s Chapel is one of England’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, established by Edward III in 1348, and also contains the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and Charles I.
  • The Drawing Gallery which shows exhibitions from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. The current exhibition marking the 90th birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh brings together photographs, memorabilia, paintings and gifts to illustrate his life, work and wide-ranging interests. The exhibition runs until 22 January 2012 and you can find out more on the exhibition microsite.

As the Castle is a working royal residence, it’s opening hours are subject to change. Please check the castle’s opening times or call the 24 hour information line on 01753 831118.

Combined ticket savings

Find out how much you can save when you buy a combined rail and entry ticket to Windsor Castle. Just add the combined ticket price in bold to the cost of your rail ticket to Windsor & Eton Riverside or Windsor & Eton Central. You can find the cost of your rail ticket by using ouronline journey planner.

You can but combined rail and entry tickets from our Customer Service Centre or from any staffed train station. Make sure you buy your combined rail and entry ticket before you get to Windsor as Windsor Castle can only sell you entry at the ‘on gate’ price.

‘On gate’
price
Combined
ticket price
Saving
Adult £16.50 £13.60 £2.90
Child
(aged 5-17)
£9.90 £8.20 £1.70
Senior
(60+ or Senior Railcard)
£15.00 £12.40 £2.60
Student
(16-25 Railcard)
£15.00 £12.40 £2.60

You can save money when you travel by train if you travel at off peak times with our Off Peakand Super Off Peak tickets. If there are 3 or 4 people travelling together you can save money with a GroupSave discount – 3 or 4 people travel, only 2 pay. If you’re travelling to Waterloo, you can get low cost travel from just £1 each way on selected journeys with megatrain.

Getting there

Take the train to Windsor & Eton Riverside, where it’s a short walk to Windsor Castle.

There are regular trains to Windsor & Eton Riverside from:

  • London Waterloo via Richmond, direct in under 60 minutes

Ther are also regular trains to Windsor & Eton Central:

  • London Paddington, change at Slough.

Use our online journey planner to check train times and ticket costs.

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Opening times

Windsor Castle is open all year round, except 14 June, 25 and 26 December.

March – October: 0945 – 1715 (last admission at 1600)
November – February: 0915 – 1615 (last admission at 1500)

Semi-State rooms re-open from 25 September 2010
St George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. An evening service takes place at 1715 which visitors are welcome to attend. The chapel is also closed:

  • 9 July: closed until 1030
  • 4 September: closed from 1300
  • 13 October: closed from 1300
  • 17 December: closed until 1030
  • 23 December: closed from 1300
  • 24 December: closed all day

Windsor Castle is a working royal residence and may close for official entertaining or state ceremonies. Please check the castle’s opening times or call the 24 hour information line on 01753 831118.

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Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.

The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres) and contains

• Magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection
• St George’s Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs)
• Queen Mary’s Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature
• The Drawings Gallery featuring an exhibition (see below for current display).

During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. Standard admission charges apply.The Semi-State Rooms will re-open to the public on 24 September 2011.

BAND CONCERTS
Band concerts will take place on 5, 19 and 26 June 2011, weather permitting, in the Jubilee Garden at 2pm.

NEW CONQUER THE TOWER TOURS: 1 AUGUST TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2011
If you are planning a visit to Windsor Castle this summer, don’t forget to book your Conquer the Tower tickets. This new tour takes you inside the Round Tower and to the top of one of the nation’s iconic landmarks, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views across several counties.

Conquer the Tower tours last approximately 45 minutes and run daily from 1 August to 30 September 2011. They are available to Windsor Castle ticket-holders only with the purchase of an additional timed ticket. Pre-booking is essential.

Conquer the Tower tickets: Adults £7.00, Concession £6.30, Under 17 £4.20, Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £17.75.

Combined Windsor Castle and Conquer the Tower tickets: Adults £23.00, Concession £20.80, Under 17 £13.25, Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £60.00.

THE DRAWINGS GALLERY EXHIBITION
“Prince Philip: Celebrating 90 years”
The 90th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Philip (on 10 June 2011) is marked by a special exhibition at Windsor Castle, the home of The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen for nearly 60 years. The exhibition runs from 12 February 2011 to 22 January 2012 and brings together photographs, memorabilia, paintings and gifts selected from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the Duke’s personal collection to illustrate key moments in His Royal Highness’s life. It also reflects Prince Philip’s many interests, from carriage driving to painting and design, as well as his extensive work as patron or president of 800 organisations, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

“The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years”
4 February 2012 – January 2013
Sixty photographs of The Queen, including the work of leading press photographers of the past six decades, will go on display at Windsor Castle to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. The exhibition presents a portrait of The Queen’s reign as captured in fleeting moments on both official occasions and at relaxed family gatherings. With the advent of photography, the boundaries between the officially approved and the spontaneously captured image of the monarch were irreversibly blurred. Today, through the reach of modern media, the image of Her Majesty is familiar to millions around the world. Most of the exhibition The Queen: Sixty Photographs for Sixty Years has been selected from photographs submitted by the Royal Rota press organisations.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
MAY 2011: daily BUT NEVER ON A SUNDAY.
JUNE 2011: daily, except 13 June, BUT NEVER ON A SUNDAY.
JULY 2011: daily BUT NEVER ON A SUNDAY.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CASTLE CLOSES 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES AFTER LAST ENTRY TIME SHOWN BELOW:
March to October 09:45-17:15 (last admission 16:00), November to February 09:45-16:15 (last admission 15:00).

As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Please check before planning a visit. Please note, worshippers are welcome to attend the Sunday services at St George’s Chapel but the chapel is closed to general visitors on Sundays.

PROVISIONAL CLOSURE DATES 2011

3 June 2011: St George’s Chapel closes at 3pm
10-13 June 2011: St George’s Chapel closed
11-14 June 2011: State Apartments closed
12-13 June 2011: CASTLE CLOSED
25 June 2011: St George’s Chapel closed until 1pm
27 June 2011: CASTLE CLOSED

8 July 2011: St George’s Chapel closed until 10.30am

6 August 2011: St George’s Chapel closed from 1pm

18 December 2011: St George’s Chapel closed until 10.30am
23 December 2011: St George’s Chapel closes at 1pm
24 December 2011: St George’s Chapel closed (other than to worshippers attending services)
25-26 December 2011: CASTLE CLOSED (St George’s Chapel open to worshippers)

SPECIAL TOURS FOR PRE-BOOKED GROUPS:
From Great Kitchen to State Apartments – An introduction to the history of royal dining, past and present followed by a guided visit to the Great Kitchen and medieval Undercroft, neither of which are normally open to the public.

This tour is available to pre-booked groups from October 2011 to March 2012 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY by appointment with the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on 020 7766 7322.

Private Evening Tours – In the company of an expert guide, guests will enjoy an exclusive ‘behind-the-ropes’ experience in the magnificent State Apartments. The tour ends with a glass of Champagne.

This tour is available to PRE-BOOKED groups on selected dates throughout 2011 ONLY by appointment with the Ticket and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on 020 7766 7322.

Exhibition Talk – Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years. The tour begins in the Castle’s Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the special exhibition in the Castle’s Drawings Gallery celebrating the 90th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

This tour is available to pre-booked groups on selected dates from March 2011 to January 2012 only by appointment with the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on 020 7766 7322.