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Windsor Castle

Home to royalty and 1,000 years of royal history.

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is open to visitors throughout the year.

Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.

Windsor Castle is open. Please see our FAQs for more details on our Covid-secure procedures in place.

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Prices

Windsor Castle is open. For more information see our FAQs.

From Thursday, 24 June to 20 September 2021, your ticket to Windsor Castle will include entry to Prince Philip: A Celebration; a special display commemorating the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort. 

The East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle is again open to visitors at weekends this summer until Sunday, 5 September 2021.

   
Adult £23.50
Over 60 / Student £21.20
Child (5-16) / Disabled £13.50
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £60.50
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices
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Your ticket includes a multimedia tour.

Admission to the Castle on the day is free for Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage Card holders.

Different prices apply when the State Apartments are closed.

Enjoy free re-admission for a year by asking us to treat your ticket purchase as a donation.
At the end of your visit, ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass.
Find out more.

 

 

 

Opening times

Windsor Castle is open. For more information see our FAQs.

Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
1 March - 31 October 10:00 16:00 17:15
1 November  - 28 February 10:00 15:00 16:15

Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.

 

Windsor Castle closures

As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, sometimes the entire Castle or the State Apartments within the Castle need to be closed at short notice.

Semi-State Rooms closures

The Semi-State Rooms usually open from autumn-spring each year. The Semi-State Rooms are not open on days when the State Apartments are closed. 

  • The Semi-State Rooms will be closed on 4 October 2021
     

St George's Chapel

St George’s Chapel is open for visitors on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 16:15 (last entry 16:00). More details are available on the Chapel website

  • The Chapel will close at 14:00 on 18 June. 

Practical information

  • Windsor Castle is open. For more information see our FAQs.
  • From Thursday, 24 June to 20 September 2021, your ticket to Windsor Castle will include entry to Prince Philip: A Celebration; a special display commemorating the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort. 
  • The East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle is again open to visitors at weekends this summer until Sunday, 5 September 2021.
  • The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff are our priority. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, we have closed a small number of rooms where social distancing cannot be easily maintained including Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House; and Precinct Tours are temporarily unavailable. We hope to reopen these spaces soon and when it is safe to do so. For more information about safety measures during COVID-19, and the changes to your visit, see our Welcome Back page and Practical Information page.
  • We suggest you allow 1½-2 hours for your visit. The Castle is at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • You can take photographs outside the Castle buildings, but not inside the Castle or within St George's Chapel. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin and BSL. We also have a guide for families.  We recommend you bring your own headphones to use with the multimedia guide.
  • You will also have the option to buy souvenir guidebooks to collect on the day to accompany your visit.


More practical information

Map & directions

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 www.windsor.gov.uk

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.

What's on

Until 20 September 2021

Prince Philip: A Celebration

See a special display commemorating the life and legacy of Prince Philip, Britain’s longest-serving consort.

Weekends until 5 September 2021

Visit the East Terrace Garden

Explore the garden and enjoy the view across the surrounding Windsor parkland.

Shopping and eating

Royal Collection shops

Our online shops offer a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.

Refreshments

Make time for tea and cake in the Undercroft Café at the Castle. The café is situated in one of the oldest surviving spaces in the 1,000 year old Castle.

Children and families

Try our online games

How much do you know about Henry VIII?

Download a family activity trail

Download one of our free trails for children aged 7 – 11 to learn more about the Castle.

Top five things to look out for

Find the place where 10 kings are buried, including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Things to do

Pick up a family multimedia guide and learn about the Castle with Scorch the dragon as your guide.

What's on for children and families

About the Castle

Who built the Castle

William the Conqueror chose the site for Windsor Castle, high above the river Thames.

Who lived at the Castle

Queen Victoria spent most of the year at Windsor.

Fire at the Castle

In 1992 fire destroyed many rooms at the Castle. The award-winning restoration took 5 years to complete.

The Castle today

The Queen uses the Castle for State occasions and official events. Her Majesty also spends her weekends here.

Timeline

Explore 1,000 years of history through the Castle's buildings.

Visitors over the centuries

Windsor Castle has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years.

East Terrace Garden

Learn more about the history of the garden

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle film

Watch a short film about visiting the Castle.

Access and mobility

Windsor Castle is fully accessible. It is situated at the top of a steep hill, and long distances have to be covered on site. Concessionary rates are available for you if you have a disability and a companion is admitted free of charge. In line with government policy it is expected and recommended, if you are not exempt, that you wear a face covering whilst visiting our inside spaces.  Accessible toilets and a Changing Places are available. Limited seating is available and registered assistance dogs are welcome. A BSL multimedia tour and an accessible café are available. A number of Wardens are Dementia Friends. For travel information see the section on our mobility page. More information on the changes to your visit due to COVID-19 is available on our Practical Information page.   Download a photo journey (pdf) to help you plan your visit. 

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information, you can contact the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or via email.

 

 

Access events

Schools

Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to Windsor Castle. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. If you are a teacher or group organiser, our schools visit information will help you plan your day.

Groups

Group prices

We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 people or more.

Group bookings

It is essential to pre-book your group visit. Buy your tickets online or over the telephone.

Coach parking

There's coach parking in Windsor town centre. Unfortunately coaches can't drop off or pick up directly outside the Castle.

Guiding

Windsor Castle-authorised Blue Badge Guides are welcome to guide within the Precincts, but not inside the Castle.

What's on for groups

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Windsor Castle

01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Book a ticket to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and The Queen's favourite weekend home.

Adult
£23.50
Disabled
£13.50
Over 60
£21.20
Student
£21.20
Child (5-16 years)
£13.50
Under 5
£0.00
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