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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.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery, Castle or defences
March to October
(last admission 16:00)
November to February
(last admission 15:00)
As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining. Please check opening arrangements before planning a visit.
Reduced admission charges apply when the State Apartments are closed. Visitors can still enjoy the extensive Castle Precincts, St George's Chapel, Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the Castle Exhibition and the exhibition in the Drawings Gallery.
The Semi-State Rooms will be open from October to March.
St George's Chapel is open every day to visitors except:
The Castle is open every day except:
25 and 26 December
The State Apartments are open every day except the first two weeks of January (call for details).
St. George's Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services.
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £15.00
Under 17 £9.90
Under 5 Free
Family £43.50 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
Admission prices when the State Apartments are closed:
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £8.00
Under 17 £6.00
Under 5 Free
Family £24.50 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
1-Year Pass - terms and conditions
Enjoy free re-admission for a year if you buy your ticket directly from us. Simply ask us to stamp your ticket on your first visit.
The benefit of 1-Year Pass complimentary re-admission is always subject to ticket availability and cannot be used on certain dates. Please check the website for details.
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.
Treasures from the Royal Archives
- 17 May 2014 — 21 January 2015 *on now
The Royal Archives contain the official and private papers of the Sovereign and other members of the British Royal Family, together with the records of the Royal Household and the private Royal estates. This unparalleled collection reflects and records some of the most significant moments in British history and provides a fascinating insight into the lives of monarchs and their families.
The holdings of the Royal Archives date principally from the reign of George III (r. 1760–1820) onwards, although there is some notable earlier material, such as the papers of the exiled Stuarts. Documents relating to the Sovereign and the Royal Household continue to be added to the Royal Archives today.
Since 1914 the Round Tower at Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Archives. A selection of its treasures have been brought together in this exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the creation of the Royal Archives. The items on display date from the thirteenth to the twenty-first centuries and include personal correspondence, diary entries and account books for royal residences.
- Family friendly
Under 17/Disabled £11.00
Under 5 Free
Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015
- 31 January 2015 — 13 January 2016
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.
Under 17/Disabled £11.00
Under 5 Free
A Prince, A Duke and An Emperor for groups
- 10 February — 24 December 2015
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 exhibiton in more depth as part of a special themed visit, 'A Prince, A Duke and An Emperor'.
Your visit begins with a 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.
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £21.20
Under 17/Disabled £14.10
Under 5 Free
The Winner Takes it All? George IV and Memorabilia from Waterloo
- 3 February 2015 6-7:30pm
Join us for a special evening talk in the medieval undercroft of Windsor Castle. This talk will look at the Royal Collection's important and diverse range of memorabilia relating to the Battle of Waterloo was largely collected by George IV, who as Prince Regent was acclaimed along with the Duke of Wellington as the bringer of peace to Europe. Join Dr Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, as she examines these fascinating objects, ranging from prints and drawings to paintings and even a magnificent desk said to have belonged to Napoleon. How did George IV form this collection and why was he so interested in a battle in which he had played no part?
The event will conclude with a complimentary glass of wine