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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 40 monarchs.

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Prices

  • Book in advance for the best value and to guarantee entry.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia tour.
  • Children go half price.
  Advance On the day
(subject to availability)
Adult £30.00 £33.00
Young Person (18-24) £19.50 £21.50
Child (5-17) £15.00 £16.50
Disabled £15.00 £16.50
Access companion Free Free
Under 5 Free Free
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices

 

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Discount cards

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

The Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
1 November- 29 February 10:00 15:00 16:15
1 March - 31 October 10:00 16:00 17:15

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

The Semi-State Rooms usually open from autumn-spring each year. They are currently open until Sunday, 24 March 2024. 

 

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.​​​

  • Monday, 18 March 2024 - Last admission 14:00, Castle closed 15:30.

  • Friday, 29 March 2024 - Castle closed.

  • Sunday, 31 March 2024 - Castle opens at 13:00.

  • Sunday, 21 April 2024 - Last admission 12:00, Castle closed 13:15. 

  • Sunday, 16 June 2024 - State Apartments closed, a reduced admission price applies.

  • Monday, 17 June 2024 - Castle closed.

 

St George's Chapel closures

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

  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • Your ticket includes a complimentary multimedia guide, available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The English language guides feature versions tailored for families (children) and D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
  • You can take photographs in the outside areas of the Castle, but not inside the building or within St George's Chapel. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Toilets, Changing Places and baby-care facilities are available.
  • The undercroft café in the Castle serves 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 in Windsor town centre can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest train stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.

Both stations are a short walk (less than 10 minutes) to the Castle but from Riverside station you will need to walk up a steep hill. 

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Windsor Express buses operate regular services to Windsor town centre:

  • Route 702 runs from near Victoria Station in central London
  • Route 703 runs from Heathrow Terminal 5

Find more information on the Windsor Express website.

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

Your visit to Windsor Castle ©

What's on

Throughout 2024

100 years of Queen Mary's Dolls' House

See the Dolls' House at Windsor Castle, and marvel at Edwardian life in miniature.

Then explore a special display in the magnificent Waterloo Chamber and get up close to some of the tiny treasures usually contained within the Dolls’ House. All included with standard admission.

More about the Dolls’ House centenary
Until 29 April 2024

Artemisia Gentileschi display

See a rare surviving painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, the greatest female artist of her generation.

Included with standard admission.

Find out more

Shopping and eating

Windsor Castle Shops

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

Undercroft Café

Make time for tea and cake in the Undercroft Café, 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?

Find out which kings & queens built and changed Windsor Castle over the centuries.

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.

Visitors over the centuries

Windsor Castle has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years.

Access and mobility

Windsor Castle is accessible. Concessionary rates are available if you have a disability and we offer a free access companion ticket which can be booked online.

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.

An accessible café, toilets, and a Changing Places are available.

Registered assistance dogs are welcome and a number of Wardens are Dementia Friends, please ask staff for any assistance.

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

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].

For detailed access information on visiting the local area please see AccessAble's guide to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

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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Booking for 15+ people?

Windsor Castle Standard Admission

01 Jan 2024 - 30 Dec 2024

Book a ticket to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and home to 1,000 years of royal history.

Adult
£33.00
Disabled
£16.50
Under 5
£0.00
Young Person (18-24 years)
£21.50
Child (5-17 years)
£16.50
Access Companion
£0.00
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