Wander into the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world
When you arrive, you will pick up a handy multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Your multimedia guide will take you on a fascinating journey through 1,000 years of royal history and the British monarchy in the Castle Precincts, State Apartments and St George’s Chapel.
Your visit will take you to the magnificent State Apartments, home to priceless works of art by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. Your multimedia guide will reveal how Edward III, Charles II and George IV changed the Castle to suit their taste. Today, you can still see the painted ceilings and wooden carvings from Charles II’s reign.
Visit St. George’s Chapel, the atmospheric final resting place of former monarchs including Henry VIII and his favourite wife Jane Seymour, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, so don’t miss the chance to admire its stone ceiling and ornate walls. Breathe in the magnificence of the very chapel where Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle were wed.
From 26 October 2018 – 6 January 2019, your visit will include a special exhibition of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s wedding outfits in A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. In the spectacular setting of the Semi-State Rooms, you will see the wedding dress, veil and tiara from the recent Royal wedding up close alongside Prince Harry’s uniform.
The Semi-State Rooms are the private apartments created for George IV. You will feast your eyes on some of the most elaborately decorated rooms in the Castle with richly coloured wallpaper and golden furniture.
The immersive commentary of your multimedia guide includes interviews with the Royal Household’s staff, who will explain the role of the Castle today as an official residence of The Queen and how it is used for official entertaining, State and ceremonial occasions. Generously woven into the tour are the treats to the senses, from the music of St George’s Chapel choir to the chimes of the famous collection of clocks.
This tour is unescorted and you will spend approximately 3 hours in Windsor Castle, giving you time to explore at your own pace and breathe in the Royal Family’s grandeur
Know Before You Go
Windsor Castle Timings
1st November - 28th February: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM. Last admission at 3:00 PM. 1st March - 31st October: 10:00 AM - 5:15 PM. Last admission at 4:00 PM.
Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.
The Admissions Centre is very busy from opening and throughout the morning. Arrival after midday is highly recommended.
St. George's Chapel Timings
St George’s Chapel closes at 4:00 PM. However, guests are welcome to attend the evensong service at 5:15 PM.
St. George’s Chapel is usually closed to guests on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. However, you are welcome to attend the services at:
- 08:30 AM – Holy Communion
- 10:45 AM – Mattins and Sermon
- 12:00 PM – Sung Eucharist
- 05:15 PM – Evensong
- 4 October 2018: (last admission 3:00 PM, last entry to the State Apartments 3:30 PM, closes 4:00 PM).
- 11, 12 October 2018: Castle completely closed.
- 2 November 2018: State Apartments will be closed.
- 25 - 26 December 2018: Castle completely closed.
- 7- 18 January 2019: State Apartments will be closed.
On dates when the State Apartments are closed, your voucher will not be valid.
Multimedia Guide Languages
Multilingual multimedia guides are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin. The Castle's Admission Centre also provides an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors.
You must arrive at Windsor Castle's Admission Centre to exchange your mobile vouchers for a physical ticket.
By Bus: You must get off at the Barclays bus stop. From there, the Castle's entrance is a mere 1-minute walk.
By Train: You must get off at the Windsor & Eton Central station. From there, the castle's entrance is a 7-minute walk.
There is a secure cloakroom in the China Museum at the entrance to the State Apartments for the storage of large items of baggage. However, we would advise you against carrying large bags as the Admission Centre to the Cloakroom takes about 10 minutes and is an uphill walk.
While photographs can be taken outside the Castle buildings, it is not permitted inside St George's Chapel and the State Apartments.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.Book Tickets