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Windsor Castle, Windsor

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The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle has been a home to British monarchs since Henry I began using it in the 11th century. The focal point of your visit should be the staterooms. They date to the late 17th century, when Charles II set out to make the castle as lavish as Versailles. George IV further enhanced these rooms during his reign in the 1820s, and today you'll see how they reflect his extravagant taste. Make sure you see Queen Mary's dollhouse, which was built to a 1:12 scale and is the largest and perhaps most richly appointed dollhouse in the world. St. George's Chapel's fine gothic architecture and grand stone-fan vaulting make it a highlight of the tour. Before you start your visit, pick up a free audio guide in the courtyard. To visit Windsor Castle and get the most from your holiday in Windsor, create itinerary details personal to you using our Windsor trip tool.
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  • I visited Windsor Castle when I was a child just after the great fire and promised to one day return because I had so many happy memories of seeing the pantomime paintings that had been hidden behind....  more
    I visited Windsor Castle when I was a child just after the great fire and promised to one day return because I had so many happy memories of seeing the pantomime paintings that had been hidden behind....  more »
  • Easy booking and access system, plenty of staff on hand to help and assist, able to wander around the grounds and battlements, see the guard changed and admire the stunning views over the town. Visit....  more
    Easy booking and access system, plenty of staff on hand to help and assist, able to wander around the grounds and battlements, see the guard changed and admire the stunning views over the town. Visit....  more »
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  • Have always wanted to visit Windsor Castle so it's nice to have ticked it off the list. Very efficient entry system. All staff were very friendly. You can get convert your ticket to a year long entry by visiting an office just after security. The audio guide process was efficient. We visited the state apartments first. There was lots to see and the guide was very informative without being too lengthy. There is a tribute exhibition dedicated to HRH Prince Phillip which was really interesting. We headed down to St George's Chapel next. Nice to see this in person. After our visit we took a walk down the long walk in Windsor great park which was pleasant. Just be aware that no photography is allowed inside the state apartments or St. George's Chapel. Would have loved to have taken pictures but I guess it makes it your visit all the more special to see it through your eyes rather than through a lens.
  • Historic castle used as a residence by the British Royal family. Tickets can be purchased on the day but better to purchase online. Tickets which are purchased from the castle itself can be converted to an annual pass for free. It takes about two hours to tour the grounds and castle, depending on how long you want to linger at each point. A free touch screen audio guide and headphones are loaned for the tour. There is no tour guide, you just walk around at your own pace. The touch screen guide will provide information on various parts of the castle. The parts are numbered. The North terrace then the doll's House followed by the state apartments then St George's chapel. The Chapel is closed for visitors on Sunday. Changing of the guard happens at 11am on certain days except Sunday. No photography is allowed inside. Use public car parks, the castle does not have one for visitors.

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