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Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

1. Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been remodeled by a succession of kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II, and George IV. Today the Queen spends most of her private weekends at Windsor Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial occasions. Your ticket provides admission to the Castle, including the magnificent State Apartments, which are furnished with some of the finest treasures from the royal collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens, and Van Dyck, as well as fine English and French furniture. During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, known as the Semi-State Rooms, are added to the visitor route. Your admission also includes access to St. George's Chapel. This is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England, and is the final resting place for 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I. There is a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle, so please allow enough time to make the most of your visit, which is likely to last between 2.5 and 3 hours. The Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances, so comfortable shoes are advised.

From London: Windsor Castle Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

2. From London: Windsor Castle Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Take a fascinating trip through centuries of royal history on a half-day afternoon tour of Windsor Castle, with round-trip transfers from central London. Although unescorted, the provided audio guides contain a wealth of information and are available in 8 different languages. Located on the banks of the River Thames in royal Berkshire, the castle is steeped in history, dating back to the 11th century and the days following the Norman invasion. As you explore at your own pace, discover the sweep of Windsor Castle’s landscaped gardens and the imposing turrets of the Round Tower built by Henry II. See priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo Da Vinci in the lavish state apartments and visit St. George’s Chapel, the atmospheric last resting place of former monarchs, such as Henry VIII. You can also see the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, an incredible structure complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature.

Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle: Full-Day Tour

3. Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle: Full-Day Tour

Begin the tour at Buckingham Palace, one of the few working royal palaces in the world. Explore the 19 lavish State Rooms with the help of a multimedia guide. After exploring on your own, meet the tour guide and board a coach for the ride to Windsor. Windsor Castle, the world’s largest occupied castle, has been home to the royal family for over 900 years. Explore the castle grounds and St. George's Chapel, one of the finest examples of English medieval church architecture and the burial site of King Henry VIII. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession - July 22 to October 2, 2022Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession will include portraits of the Queen taken by Dorothy Wilding, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewelry worn for the portrait sittings. Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding. The series of photographs taken of the Queen in 1952 are remarkable for their modern, emblematic approach, and they have formed the basis of the Queen's image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Coronation - until September 26, 2022At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by the Queen for her coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, will be on display. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with an iconographic scheme of floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-colored silks, encrusted with pearls, sequins, and crystals. Her Majesty’s Robe of Estate was made by the royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft of purple silk velvet. The goldwork embroidery design features wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising prosperity and peace, surrounding the crowned intertwined EIIR cipher. It took 12 embroideresses using 18 different types of gold thread and more than 3,500 hours to complete the work between March and May in 1953.

Windsor: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4. Windsor: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hop on board our sightseeing tour to discover the history and heritage of Windsor & Eton. Home to Windsor Castle, one of the Royal family’s residences and situated on a beautiful part of the River Thames, enjoy spectacular views from the top-deck of an open-top buses. Hop-off to discover the village of Eton, home to one of the most prestigious private schools in the country (where both Princes William and Harry went to school) and a quaint country village. Take advantage of unlimited Hop-on Hop-off access to our bus tour route to explore Windsor, see the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle and visit the Guildhall and the Windsor Parish Church. Why not Hop-off the bus and walk in the footsteps of history. The views of Windsor Castle from the Long Walk are iconic and you may even spot some of the resident deer!  Just across the Windsor Bridge, explore the village of Eton, visit the famous Eton College, and enjoy the spectacular views of Windsor & the castle across the river.

Windsor: Golden Tours Open Top Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

5. Windsor: Golden Tours Open Top Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Windsor, the quintessentially British town on the outskirts of London. This hop-on hop-off, open-top bus service consists of 11 different stops. The audio guide onboard will give you the history and little known facts about the town that has been home to British royalty for over 1,000 years. Learn about the famous landmarks that make Windsor an essential place to visit. From Windsor Castle to the Holy Trinity Church, to Eton College, where many UK prime ministers and members of the royal family were educated, to the Long Walk and Windsor Farm House. You can hop-on or hop-off at any of the 11 stops on the route, so use the 24-hour ticket to explore the area, maybe take in some afternoon tea or a pint in a traditional English pub.

Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

6. Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath & Salisbury Tour from London

Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the west of England on a 10-hour tour from London, and learn about the rich heritage of its pagan past and royal history in Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath. Departing from central London, drive west to the monoliths of Stonehenge, which have confounded people for over 5,000 years. Having baffled historians and archeologists as to how it was built, your guide will explain some of the theories. Continue to the market town of Salisbury, best known for its 13th-century cathedral. Built during the reign of Henry III, it boasts the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom at 404 feet (123 meters), and is one of the finest examples of early Gothic English architecture. Marvel at the Magna Carta, the famous agreement made between King John and his barons at Runnymede in 1215, and now housed in the Chapter House. Then, drive to Bath on the slopes of the River Avon. Explore the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gorgeous 15th-century Abbey, stunning Georgian architecture and romantic Pulteney Bridge - modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - are all sights to linger at. You will be free to explore on your own, with plenty of time for tea at the Pump Rooms, or a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Explore Royal history with a visit to the queen's official residence, Windsor Castle: witness the changing tastes in decor of the State Apartments over centuries of monarchs living there; see paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt; admire Queen Mary's dolls house, the most famous dolls house in the world; and see St George's Chapel, the final resting place for several monarchs.

Windsor: Hop-On Hop-Off Highlights Bus Tour/River Cruise

7. Windsor: Hop-On Hop-Off Highlights Bus Tour/River Cruise

See all of Windsor's major attractions and landmarks by land and water with this hop-on/hop-off bus ticket and river cruise. Enjoy a perfect day trip to Windsor with an open-top deck that offers the best overview of the capital. Take advantage of the hop-on hop-off flexibility to jump off the bus and explore the main sights. Visit Windsor Castle, home of the British Kings and Queens for almost 1000 years and experience the changing of the guard. Stop at St. George Chapel, the Guildhall, and the Windsor Parish Church. Stroll through the village of Eton on the other side of the river which is home to one of the most prestigious private schools in the country and is a quintessentially British village. Complete your visit to Windsor with a cruise along the river Thames. Start at The Windsor Promenade and head upstream to Boveney Lock. Return with fantastic views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse, and the Brocas Meadows.

Windsor Castle and Old Town: 4-Hour Private Tour

8. Windsor Castle and Old Town: 4-Hour Private Tour

You’ll be met at your hotel or other agreed meeting point and enjoy a drive by private car to Windsor, a location that has been linked to British monarchy for more than 900 years. It is also the weekend home of the Queen, who very much enjoys spending time at Windsor Castle. On this half-day tour you’ll visit the sumptuously decorated castle and hear about its history. The royal residence houses more fine art, gold, and furnishings than is imaginable. Inside the walls you’ll also find the chapel where a number of kings and queens have been buried. You’ll take a walk around the castle walls, see the soldiers on guard, and maybe even a royal if you’re lucky! Following the Castle visit, you’ll take a walk around Windsor Old Town, visit the famous park, and see the Crooked House, perhaps stopping for tea, or maybe a beer at a 500-year-old pub. The tour is leisurely paced and will cover everything you’re interested in seeing that can covered in the time allotted. Complimentary hot and cold drinks are included.

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What people are saying about Windsor

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,669 reviews

I LOVED Windsor! And having pre-purchased my ticket made getting through the line much quicker. At the Castle, I was sent to a fast-track lane to exchange my digital voucher for an actual (keepsake!) ticket. Security check was quick. Take the time to enjoy the grounds and just take in all the history that is around you. I took my time before going in to see Queen Mary's Dolls' House and the state apartments, and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed looking into the moat garden. Be sure to leave time for St. George's Chapel, as I had to rush through it. Take note of any closing times for shops or features at the Castle. The town of Windsor is also delightful, but note that many of the shops close at 5:30 or earlier. The train to Windsor from London was the best way for me to travel, and it was easy to get to where I needed to be.

Well organised with time entry to keep crowds down. The guided headphone commentary for St George’s chapel was good but could be improved as the state rooms commentary was so much better.

Everything was perfect. Excellent staff that was available to assist with any questions the castle was and is so beautiful. Highly recommend as a must see

Had a great visit and the staff were all incredibly, knowlegable, and eager to help. They made us feel very welcome.

Everyone was extremely courteous. Extremely good for the elderly.