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Windsor Castle

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

Windsor Castle has reopened to visitors. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II we will not be reopening the Platinum Jubilee display. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

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 40 monarchs.

Please see our COVID-19 information page for more details on our safety procedures.

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Prices

Windsor Castle has reopened to visitors. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II we will not be reopening the Platinum Jubilee display. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

  Sunday - Friday Saturday
Adult £26.50 £28.50
Young Person (18-24) £17.50 £18.50
Child (5-17) £14.50 £15.50
Disabled £14.50 £15.50
Under 5 Free Free
Groups (15 people or more)   View group prices

 

Book tickets

 

Family Offer

Families visiting Windsor Castle can save up to £22.00 when booking with us direct.

The family discount is automatically applied at checkout to bookings of at least 1 adult and 2 children, up to 2 Adults and 4 children.

Your ticket includes a multimedia tour.

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

Different prices apply when the State Apartments are closed.

Windsor Castle will reopen to visitors on Thursday, 29 September. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II we will not be reopening the Platinum Jubilee display. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

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 has reopened to visitors. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II we will not be reopening the Platinum Jubilee display. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

The 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

The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience please book your tickets in advance and arrive after midday.

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

The Semi-State Rooms usually open from autumn-spring each year. This year the rooms will be open Thursday, 3 November 2022 - Sunday, 26 March 2023. The Semi-State Rooms are not open on days when the State Apartments are closed. 

 

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.​

  • 25-26 December Castle closed.
     

St George's Chapel

Please note St George’s Chapel is open on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday but it is not part of the visit on Sunday, when it is only open for worship. More details are available on the Chapel website.

Practical information

Windsor Castle has reopened to visitors. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II we will not be reopening the Platinum Jubilee display. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

Please see our COVID-19 information page for details of our safety procedures.

  • The Admission Centre is busiest from opening and throughout the morning. For the best experience we recommend booking your tickets in advance and arriving after midday.
  • We suggest you allow 1½ to 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.
  • Your ticket includes a complimentary multimedia guide, available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The English-lanugage guides feature versions tailored for families (children) and D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • Toilets, Changing Places and baby-care facilities are available.
  • 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.
  • There is a café on the premises serving food and drinks, however eating and drinking are not permitted inside the State Apartments or St George's Chapel.


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.

Shopping and eating

Windsor Castle Shop

Visit the Castle shop with plenty of luxury gifts available to purchase.

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.

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.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle film

Watch a short film about visiting the Castle.

Access and mobility

Windsor Castle is fully accessible. Concessionary rates are available if you have a disability and a companion is admitted free of charge.

Accessible toilets, a Changing Places facility and seating are available.

Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

The multimedia guide is available in British Sign Language (BSL) and with subtitles.

A number of Wardens are Dementia Friends, please ask staff for any assistance.

The Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill, long distances have to be covered and much of the site is outdoors. You may wish to download a photo journey (PDF) to help you plan your visit. For travel information, see the section on our mobility page.

There is an accessible café on the premises.

General information on visiting is available on our Practical Information page.

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 by emailing [email protected].

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