Windsor Castle Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find the answers to your questions about Windsor Castle, one of London’s most-popular royal residences.

When was Windsor Castle built and by whom?

Windsor Castle was built in the 11th Century. Construction of the original castle followed the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror. It took sixteen years to complete.

Why Windsor Castle was built

The castle was intended to preserve Norman control on the outskirts of London by overseeing a strategically crucial stretch of the River Thames.

Who owns Windsor Castle?

Windsor Castle is owned by the reigning monarch. This means that the castle is currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.

Who will inherit Windsor Castle?

As present heir to the British Throne, Prince Charles is next in line to inherit Windsor Castle from his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, when he becomes King.

How did Windsor Castle get its name?

The site of Windsor Castle was chosen by William the Conqueror as ‘New Windsor’. This took its name from ‘Old Windsor’, as used by Saxon Kings from the Dark Ages.

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The Queen’s Guard outside Windsor Castle

Who lives at Windsor Castle?

For over a thousand years, Windsor Castle has been the home of British kings and queens. It is one of several official residences belonging to Queen Elizabeth II.

What is Windsor Castle used for today?

Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world. As a working palace, Windsor Castle today is used as both a private home for Queen Elizabeth II, typically at the weekends. It is where the monarch holds ceremonial and state occasions. Windsor Castle in modern times has also become a tourist destination.

Where's Windsor Castle?

Windsor Castle is located in the heart of the historic market town of Windsor, in the English county of Berkshire.

Can you see Windsor castle from the London Eye?

As one of London’s tallest attractions, the London Eye enables passengers to admire the city from above. On clear days, it is possible to see Windsor Castle 40 km away.

Can you visit Windsor Castle?

Windsor Castle is open to visitors throughout the year. In fact, Windsor Castle visitor numbers exceed a million annually.

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Windsor Castle

Where is Windsor Castle from London?

The distance between London and Windsor Castle is approximately twenty-one miles (twenty-four by road). Thanks to its proximity, many visitors to London choose to take a Windsor castle day trip from the capital. Indeed, it’s possible to visit Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace in one day.

What days is Windsor Castle open?

The doors of Windsor Castle are open to the public every day unless otherwise stated. Please check before you book.

Is Windsor Castle open on Sundays?

Yes, Windsor Castle is open every Sunday unless otherwise stated. Please check before booking.

What time does Windsor Castle close?

Windsor Castle entry times year-round are 10 AM. From March through to October, the Castle closes at 5.15 PM. From November to February, Windsor Castle has an earlier closing time of 4.15 PM. Last entry to the Castle is ninety minutes before the site closes.

How to reach Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle visitors can make use of the Green Line 702 which operates daily services from near London Victoria. Surbiton Coaches also run a shuttle bus that travels between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn.

Regrettably, there is not an onsite car park. However, visitors can park in the town centre.

For those without a car, getting to Windsor Castle by train is another option. The closest train stations are ‘Windsor & Eton Riverside’ or ‘Windsor & Eton Central’. Alternatively, you can join a Windsor Castle tour from London.

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