Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A royal palace and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today. Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at the heart of the working palace; for part of the year visitors can also see the Semi State rooms, which are some of the most splendid interiors in the castle. They are furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Holbein, Rubens, Van Dyck and Lawrence, fine tapestries and porcelain, sculpture and armour.

Within the Castle complex there are many additional attractions. In the Drawings Gallery regular exhibitions of treasures from the Royal Library are mounted. Another popular feature is the Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a miniature mansion built to perfection. The fourteenth-century St. George's Chapel is the burial place of ten sovereigns, home of the Order of the Garter, and setting for many royal weddings. 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.

Nearby on the Windsor Estate is Frogmore House, an attractive country residence with strong associations to three queens - Queen Charlotte, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Castle or defences

Opening hours

March to October
Open daily 09:45-17:15
(last admission 16:00)

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

A typical visit lasts 2-3 hours.

The Castle is closed
3 April 2015 (only Castle Precints open)
5 April 2015 (Castle closed until 13:00)
28 April 2015
15 June 2015

The State Apartments are closed
12-30 January 2015
6 March 2015
14 April 2015
30 April 2015
19 May 2015
14-16 June 2015
17 July 2015

The Semi-State Rooms

Please note that the Semi-State Rooms are only open during the Winter months between 27 September 2014 and 29 March 2015.

St George's Chapel is closed
11 February 2015 (St George's Chapel closed from 12:30)
3 April 2015 (St George's Chapel will be open between 14:00 and 16:00)
4 April 2015 (St George's Chapel closed until 11:00)
12-15 June 2015
10 July 2015 (St George's Chapel closed until 10:30)

St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services. These occur at the following times:
08:30 – Holy Communion
10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
11:45 – 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. Please check opening arrangements by visiting this website or telephoning the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)20 7766 7304.

Admission charges

Admission prices (all include an audio tour and entry to the Drawings Gallery exhibition)

Adult £19.20
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £17.50
Under 17/Disabled £11.30
Under 5 Free
Family £49.70 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

When the State Apartments are closed
Adult £10.40
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £9.40
Under 17/Disabled £6.70
Under 5 Free
Family £27.80 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

Admission to the Castle is free to residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with an Advantage Card.

Additional info

Most public areas are accessible for wheelchair-users, including the State Apartments. Unfortunately for architectural and safety reasons it has not proved possible to provide wheelchair access to the Semi-State Rooms.

Wheelchairs can be borrowed, free of charge, from the Visitor Centre. However, they cannot be pre-booked and must remain in the Castle grounds.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
painting of Sir Thomas Lawrence, George IV, 1821

Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015

  • 31 January 2015 — 13 January 2016 *on now

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon.

In celebration of the allied victory, George IV created the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, a grand space filled with portraits of those instrumental in the victory, among them the Duke of Wellington.

Throughout 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815–2015 will combine a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explores the battle and its aftermath.

The trail will highlight objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture, weapons and the beautiful red cloak belonging to Napoleon, presented to George IV by Wellington's ally, Field-Marshal Gebhardt von Blücher.


Adult £18.50
Concessions £16.75
Under 17/Disabled £11.00
Under 5 Free


painting of Sir Thomas Lawrence, George IV, 1821

A Prince, A Duke and An Emperor for groups

  • 10 February — 24 December 2015 *on now

New and for 2015 only, this special group visit marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Throughout 2015 at Windsor Castle, the special exhibition Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 - 2015 combines a display of prints, drawings and fascinating archival material with a trail around the State Apartments that highlights specific Waterloo-related objects at the Castle. Groups can enjoy this exhibition in more depth as part of a special themed visit, 'A Prince, A Duke and An Emperor'.

Your visit begins with an introductory talk on the exhibition with refreshments in the Castle's Winchester Tower and continues to Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 - 2015 in the Drawings Gallery, before your group heads to the Waterloo Chamber and the rest of the State Apartments, which can be explored at leisure. Your group may use a multimedia guide or buy a special souvenir map, which includes the Waterloo battlefield.

Price includes a group visit, an exhibition talk in English and tea and coffee.

Please be aware, this Special Visit is only available for pre-booked groups.


Adult £23.50
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £21.20
Under 17/Disabled £14.10
Under 5 Free


Shakespeare in the Royal Library

  • 13 February 2016 — 1 January 2017

An exhibition at Windsor Castle to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Drawing from the wealth of Shakespeareana in the Royal Library including works by the playwright collected since the reign of Elizabeth I, royal accounts of private performances at Windsor Castle, and paintings and drawings by members of the royal family inspired by Shakespeare's plays, the exhibiton examines aspects of the playwright's life, work and influence and celebrate his longstanding connection with the royal court.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £19.20
Concessions £17.50
Under 17/Disabled £11.30
Under 5 Free


Windsor Castle




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