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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.

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with us this year.

Windsor Castle is open. Please see our COVID FAQs for more details on our safety procedures in place.

You can also sign up to our email updates to hear the latest news about the Castle and events taking place.

Prices

 

  Sunday - Friday Saturday
Adult £26.50 £28.50
Young Person (18-24) £17.50 £18.50
Child (5-17) / 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 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 Covid-19 FAQs.

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 are closed from 29 March 2022 until autumn 2022. 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. 

 

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.

  • 5 May Castle closed from 15:45. Last admission 14:30. 

  • 4 June Castle closed from 16:15. Last admisssion 15:00.

  • 12-13 June Castle closed. 

  • 30 June Castle closed from 15:45. Last admission 14:30. 

  • 25-26 December Castle closed.
     

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

Practical information

  • Windsor Castle is open. For more information see our FAQs.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House has been reopened under controlled conditions with air quality monitoring and capacity management in operation.  Face masks must be worn unless medically exempt.
  • 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

From Thursday, 7 July 2022

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation

A special display commemorating Her Majesty's Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, featuring the Coronation Dress and magnificent jewels. Included in your ticket to Windsor Castle.

Find out more

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.

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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