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, Castle or defences
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 prices (all include an audio tour and entry to the Drawings Gallery exhibition)
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
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.
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.
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.
Under 17/Disabled £11.00
Under 5 Free
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.
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £21.20
Under 17/Disabled £14.10
Under 5 Free
Conference - Waterloo 1815: the British Monarchy and the defeat of Napoleon
- 30 May 2015 10:30am-6:30pm *on now
Join a panel of highly distinguished political and military historians at this one-day conference organised by Royal Collection Trust in collaboration with History Today magazine and the University of Buckingham's Humanities Research Institute.
Explore this pivotal moment in European history and its far-reaching consequences with Roger Knight, Tim Clayton, Professor Brendan Simms, Professor Tim Blanning, Professor Robert Tombs and Adam Zamoyski. The event will be held in the Vicar's Hall at Windsor Castle.
- Not suitable for children
£120.00 full price
Lecture - Sir Thomas Lawrence and the Waterloo Chamber
- 2 June 2015 6-7:30pm
Join Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures at Windsor Castle for an evening lecture followed by a complimentary glass of wine. The magnificent Waterloo Chamber at the heart of Windsor Castle is dominated by dazzling portraits painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence. The portraits capture a turning point in European history, but was this the new era of peace and co-operation they promised? Hear the fascinating story of Lawrence's travels across Europe to paint the celebrated figures from Church and State who brought about the overthrow of Napoleon.
- Not suitable for children
£15.00 full price
Family Saturdays: Waterloo at Windsor
- 6 June 2015
- 12 June 2015
- 20 June 2015
- 27 June 2015
Saturday, 6 and Saturday, 13 June
Bring the Battle of Waterloo and its most famous characters to life with our lively storytelling sessions in the State Apartments. Storytelling sessions will take place at 11:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 15:30 on the above dates.
Saturday, 20 and Saturday, 27 June
Commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle with special art and craft workshops in the Moat Room.
- Family friendly
Included in admission
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