Windsor Castle Tickets
Activity code: WC
- Explore the offical royal residence, where construction started in 1070
- Visit the State Apartments
- Go Inside Gothic St George’s Chapel
- Experience the Changing of the Guard
- Multimedia guides available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian & Brazilian Portuguese
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and Queen Elizabeth II loves to spend time in this stunning fortress. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the castle is still a favourite residence of the royal family. This sprawling grand home covers an area of 13 acres and overlooks charming Windsor town – pay the castle a visit and find out why our royals have lived here for centuries and why many royal weddings have taken place here.
The State Apartments
Take a look inside the heart of the working palace – the State Apartments. Regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions, the Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. Try and spot the paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci that hang from the walls! During the winter months the richly decorated Semi-State Rooms are added to the visitor route.
St George’s Chapel
St George’s Chapel is an imposing Gothic building and the resting place for a number of British monarchs. These include Edward IV, who built the Chapel, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Services are held regularly and this quiet church is a peaceful addition to a Windsor Castle visit.
The Changing of the Guard
This rousing, truly British ceremony takes place at 11.00am on Thrusdays and Saturdays, weather permitting. Between April and June, its everyday from Monday to Saturday. The ceremony allows the handover of duties between two different sets of guards.
Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation (7 July - 26 September 2022)
To mark this very special year, this event (included in your ticket price) will centre around the magnificent Sir Norman Hartnell designed Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Created in the finest white satin, embroidered with national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and
encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals. The purple silk velvet Robe of Estate was made by Ede and Ravenscroft (the royal robe-makers). It was embroidered at the Royal School of Needlework. Featuring wheat ears and olive branches, symbolising prosperity and peace, surrounding the EIIR cipher. It took 12 embroideresses, using 18 different types of gold thread, more than 3,500 hours to complete.
- Further to the UK government announcement on 8th December 2021, all experiences will operate as normal. Face coverings are required in Windsor Castle. You will be refused entry without one.
- You must ensure that you have a printed copy of your tickets for entry.
- As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
- Under 5's go free
- Entry to Queen Mary's Dolls' House and St George's Chapel are not included on the private tour.
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
Nearest Train Station: Windsor and Eton Central or Windsor and Eton Riverside
Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier.
Opening times 2022
1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022
Thursday to Monday, 10:00–16:15 (last admission 15:00)
1 April to 31st October 2022
Thursday to Monday, 10:00 with last admission at 15:30
Windsor Castle is open daily throughout the year, with a few exceptions when the Castle is in use for official functions. As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
Windsor Castle closures:
- 25 and 26 December – Castle completely closed.
St. George’s Chapel
- 23 and 24 December – closes at 1:00pm.
St. George’s Chapel is usually closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services. These occur at the following times:
- 08:30 – Holy Communion
- 10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
- 11:45 – Sung Eucharist
- 17:15 – Evensong
Semi-State Rooms closed
During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. These rooms will be open to the public from September to March. Entry is included in the cost of your ticket. Please note that when the State Apartments are closed, the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.