Visit the world’s oldest inhabited castle with Windsor Castle tickets
Situated in the English county of Berkshire sits the largest occupied castle in the world – Windsor Castle. Established in the 11th century CE after William the Conqueror’s Norman Conquest of England, construction began around 1070 and took sixteen years to complete. The castle was built to secure the Norman empire around London’s outskirts from the western approach. It was part of a defensive ring around the city and oversaw a strategically important part of the River Thames.
Windsor Castle was originally a formidable motte-and-bailey castle with three wards around a mound. Now, it is one of the most visited and most popular public attractions in the world. Get Windsor Castle Tickets to visit this historic building and relive the past of medieval Britain.
An exterior view of Windsor Castle
Explore 1,000 years of royal history
King Henry I was the first English monarch to use the Castle as his residence around 1110. It has been occupied by reigning sovereigns ever since and is the longest-inhabited palace in Europe today. The 13-acre awe-inspiring Castle is where Her Majesty The Queen spends her weekends, also using it as her official royal residence for specific formal duties.
Many Kings and Queens contributed to the shaping of Windsor Castle. It was home to thirty-nine monarchs, each of whom left their mark. Henry II replaced the wooden fortifications with stone, transforming the Norman keep into the Round Tower. His grandson, Henry III, also altered the tower, adding a large chapel to improve the royal apartments. In the 1300s, Edward III made the castle the seat of the Order of the Garter and the centre of his court. He spent £50,000 to rebuild the Castle in Gothic style.
Numerous monarchs made changes and upgrades in and around Windsor Castle to suit their needs, but sometimes out of necessity. A big fire broke out in Queen Victoria’s private chapel in 1992, damaging the ceilings of the Grand Reception Room and St George’s Hall. The incident destroyed most of the Castle and cost £37-million to repair. You can learn more about the changes the castle underwent over the years by touring the Castle with Windsor Castle Tickets.
Beautiful grounds and stunning staterooms
Windsor Castle offers many things to see, of which the State Apartments are a must-visit attraction. They consist of two routes – the ceremonial route and the historic route. The ceremonial route shows the primary State Apartments used by The Queen and the Royal Family members, where she hosts official visits and award ceremonies. The historic route, on the other hand, was created for Charles II and his Queen. Both routes showcase the history and majesty of British royalty.
The three-hour tour is a brilliant experience for both Londoners and overseas visitors, offering amazing insights into the lives of reigning monarchs over a thousand years. Purchase Windsor Castle Tickets today and take part in a tour engulfed in history.
- Wander the oldest occupied castle in the worldon this three hour tour.
- Explore lavish State Apartments and marvel at the impressive artwork by celebrated painters.
- Explore St George's Chapel, the resting place for many past monarchs.
- Entry to the State Apartments
- Access to St George's Chapel
- Entry to the Semi-State Rooms (autumn to spring only)
- Multilingual audio guide
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. Please note that on dates when the State Apartments are closed, your voucher will not be valid.
How to get to Windsor Castle
You must arrive at Windsor Castle’s Admission Centre to exchange your mobile vouchers for a physical ticket.
By Bus: Alight at the Barclays bus stop. The Castle’s entrance is a 1-minute walk away.
By Train: Alight at Windsor & Eton Central station. The castle’s entrance is a 7-minute walk away.
Getting your tickets
You will receive your Windsor Castle Entrance Tickets vouchers via email shortly after booking. Please display your mobile voucher at the Windsor Castle’s Admission Centre with a valid photo ID to exchange them for your physical tickets.
Please note that while photographs can be taken outside the Castle buildings, it is not permitted inside St George’s Chapel or the State Apartments.
Super-flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.