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The Admissions Process

The residences tend to be busiest immediately after opening and after Changing the Guard. Afternoons and weekdays are generally quieter.

Windsor Castle is particularly busy from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book and have your tickets posted to you in advance, and arrive on your visit date after midday.

When you arrive, you will be required to pass through an airport-style security check. In order to speed up this process, please travel with as few bags and items as possible.


Royal Collection Trust welcomes visitors accompanied by registered Blue Badge Guides. For further information relating to guiding please visit the Visiting in a group page for each residence listed below.

Changing the Guard

Changing the Guard takes place throughout the year at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Please check the Changing the Guard schedule before planning a visit:

Changing the Guard - Buckingham Palace
Changing the Guard - Windsor Castle


As many Royal Collection Trust sites are working royal residences, closures can occasionally occur at short notice. We advise you to check the Visit pages or download the Opening Times and Closures List (see Downloads) for the latest information.

To receive updates of new closures and changes to opening times, please e-mail your name, company name, address and e-mail address to [email protected]. For short notice closures please call the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)303 123 7321.

Frequently asked questions for groups

For answers to our most regular queries regarding group visits, please read our Frequently asked questions.

For more detailed information relating to group visits at Royal Collection Trust residences please see the Visiting with a group pages:

Latest opening times and closures list

RCT Opening Times and Closures List 05-12-2023