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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.