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Explore and Draw

  • Windsor Castle
  • Monday, 19 Sep 2022 - Friday, 21 Jul 2023
  • Key stage 1, Key stage 2
  • Art & Design, History
  • Events beyond living memory, Local history study beyond 1066
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security



This guided walk of the Castle’s open spaces is an exciting way for children to discover how this stone fortress with four-metre thick walls successfully repelled enemies of the Crown for hundreds of years.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • To encourage the children to discover how we can identify if the King is in residence.
  • To help the children to discover for themselves why the Castle was built here and why the site was so important.
  • To enable the children, guided by a member of the Learning Team, to explore the Castle Precincts and examine evidence of the Castle’s medieval defences including the battlements, arrow loops and towers.
  • To discover how the defences repelled the rebellious barons who besieged this historic site during the reign of King John, a year after the sealing of the Magna Carta.

In this session children will:

  • Participate in speaking and listening, and enquiry based activities.
  • Role play the attacking and defending of the Castle.
  • Physically experience the site and its features, such as the arrow loops and gateways.
  • Use drawing to share experiences and create their own images of this famous landmark to reinforce follow-up activities in the classroom and make this a cross-curricular visit.

 “Excellent and thank you for such an informative and fun walk and talk.”  Year 1 teacher

Please note: some of the activities listed may involve a selection of pupils demonstrating concepts to the rest of the group.

Available on Weekdays (reliant on good weather)

Duration: 1 hour

"Very fun and interesting to see the Castle from a different perspective. It felt really special to be allowed on the battlements"  KS1 Teacher




Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London.

Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. 

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

Subject to availability, pre-booked school groups will have use of the facilities at the Learning Centre, now located inside the Castle walls.  This is your base for the day and you will receive a coach pass to enable your coach driver to set you down and collect you nearby the castle.  Facilities include a space to eat packed lunches, plenty of designated school's toilets and a safe place to leave coats and bags.



Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to Windsor Castle.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts (SEN groups) is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your special needs pupils with these spaces.

The Learning Centre is fully accessible with suitable toilets and a changing places facility. 

How to book

How to book

To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

Please have to hand:

  • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
  • Numbers of children and supervising adults
  • The taught programme you would like
  • Details of any special educational or access needs

You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

Contact us

Learning Bookings Team
Ticket Sales and Information Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
[email protected]

Sharing Learning Objectives

Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements. Please contact us in advance if you have any specific learning objectives in mind.

Planning Visits

Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your pupils with these spaces.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.



Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Pre-booked school groups: £6.00 per pupil
Children in Reception or below: FREE
Discounted rate for schools in the Royal borough 

Accompanying adults

One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
Years 1 to 3 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
Year 4 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

All online workshops: £50 per class attending a booked session. 

Windsor Lite workshops: £100 per session, £25 per additional session plus travel costs incurred by RCT staff.



Royal Collection Trust sites have airport-style security measures at all public entry points, through which all visitors, including school groups, are required to enter.  All adults and children will be asked to:

  • Allow any bags to be searched by hand
  • Walk through a metal detector arch, one at a time
  • Switch off mobile phones

The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
  • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
  • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section can provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)
Linked resources

I spy - an onsite trail (EYFS, KS1)

Learning about castles trail ( KS1, KS2, KS3)

Magna Carta and Windsor Castle - information sheet (KS3, KS4)

State Apartments Quiz - an onsite trail (KS2)

All about Castles - a remote activity (KS1, KS2)