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Children and families

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Windsor Castle offers a great day out for children. Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

 

Take a free family multimedia tour

Collect your handset and listen to Scorch the dragon guide you around the Castle. The tour is aimed at children aged 7-11 years.

 

Follow a family activity trail

You can find some trails and activities to print at home in the links below. (An extensive bank of resources for all age groups and abilities can also be found by clicking here.)

In the school holidays, you can pick up one of the trails from Pug Yard Learning Centre, to learn more about the Castle, its history and its magnificent treasures. 

To help plan your visit make sure you read our practical information

 

Undercroft Cafe tea and cake

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Undercroft Café

After exploring the Castle with the little ones enjoy a break in our Undercroft Café.

You can enjoy freshly prepared meals, including sandwiches, wraps and salads, served alongside an exclusive selection of teas. Sweet treats range from vanilla mille-feuille and vegan chocolate cake to fruit scones and Victoria sponge. There is also a children’s meal available, which includes a choice of sandwiches, a drink and fresh fruit.

Alternatively, during the school holidays, Pug Yard Learning Centre is an ideal spot to enjoy a family picnic! 

Families enjoying Pug Yard Learning Centre during the school holidays

Families enjoying Pug Yard Learning Centre during the school holidays. ©

Pug Yard Learning Centre

The warm and welcoming Learning Centre can be found just inside the perimeter walls of The Castle. The Centre is open for families during UK school holidays. The Centre is a great base for families to use during their visit. 

  • A changing programme of free activities for children and families to enjoy including crafts, storytelling and 'make and takes'. 
  • Families can picnic within the yard itself or, if the weather is inclement, in the indoor lunch hall. No need to change your plans if the weather changes!
  • The Learning Centre is breastfeeding friendly, and has a designated family bathroom with changing table. 
  • Toddlers can take time in the Chill Out Zone, with train set, Duplo, books and lots of beanbags. Take time and reconnect.
  • A Caught Short Box for families - a spares box with nappies, wipes,  cutlery and clothes etc in case you’re 'caught short' during your visit.

Top things to look out for

  1. Tour the Castle defences - The Castle walls have lots of evidence of Windsor's role as an important royal fortress long ago. Look for battlements, towers, arrow loops and murder holes!
  2. Changing the Guard - Watch the colourful pomp and ceremony of this British tradition. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only. 
  3. The State Apartments - These magnificent rooms are used by the monarch and members of the Royal Family to entertain guests. Don't miss the King's Dining Room with paintings of fish, lobster and birds on the ceiling, St George's Hall where splendid banquets are held, and the Grand Reception Room decorated with real gold.
  4. St George's Chapel - Where 11 kings and Queens are buried including Henry VIII, Charles I and Queen Elizabth II

What's on for children and families

Join us for family activities on key dates and during school holidays. These take place in Pug Yard Learning Centre which can easily be found near the entrance to the Castle. Families can also picnic at the Leartning Centre during school holidays. 

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass to enjoy free re-admission for 12 months.