Windsor Castle, Windsor

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The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle has been a home to British monarchs since Henry I began using it in the 11th century. The focal point of your visit should be the staterooms. They date to the late 17th century, when Charles II set out to make the castle as lavish as Versailles. George IV further enhanced these rooms during his reign in the 1820s, and today you'll see how they reflect his extravagant taste. Make sure you see Queen Mary's dollhouse, which was built to a 1:12 scale and is the largest and perhaps most richly appointed dollhouse in the world. St. George's Chapel's fine gothic architecture and grand stone-fan vaulting make it a highlight of the tour. Before you start your visit, pick up a free audio guide in the courtyard. To visit Windsor Castle and get the most from your holiday in Windsor, create itinerary details personal to you using our Windsor trip tool .
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  • Small town and full of stories. The castle is beautiful and worth the visit inside (paid). Take a picnic in summer days.
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  • We loved this place, although there's lots of walking so not ideal if you have very young children, you do get to see queens guards live, change of arms and some absolutely spectacular architecture an...  more »
  • Beautiful Palace full of history. So much on offer. Liked doll house. Do visit this place. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and take audio guide.  more »
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  • I just loved the history of Windsor Castle, the church was definitely worth a visit, all those departed kings and queens, all the place needed was tea rooms or cafe, we were told that one was in the planning stages! But we made do with an ice cream from one of the many kiosks, would love to visit again one day.
  • We had a great visit to the Castle! If you have a chance ask the local guide or guard at the church about some interesting stories. We just loved a lot of them.
  • For the entry fee of £20.50, I would have liked to be able to take photos inside the house. No photos were allowed inside the castle shows area. Facilities were good. Audio guidance device is good and you will need your own headphone if you prefer to listen privately. Should allow minimum half day to see all.
  • I mean it's a castle so of course it's awesome right? Big and pretty and old and fun to tour. Local ice cream served outside. No pictures allowed unfortunately. Lots of cool weapons all over the walls and very fancy ceilings. And the queens dollhouse is great for anyone who likes miniature things. And it's super easy to find, right next to the train station! Get there early though. Doesn't stay open late.
  • A wonderful day trip to a fascinating destination. The State Rooms are magnificently & richly decorated; St George's Chapel has incredible Gothic architecture & the most amazingly beautiful organ pipes. Queen Mary's Dolls' House is a remarkable miniature replica of a real aristocratic home. Be mindful as you walk uphill from the Windsor & Eton Central Station towards the Castle, that the first "apparent" entry on your left, with signage announcing "Windsor Castle Open" is, OBVS!, NOT the Entry but the EXIT. I'd suggest a simple "EXIT" sign may help direct crowds towards the "ENTRY", but I didn't take the opportunity to give feedback when I could have. A minor detail for such an enjoyable day out. 10/10!!

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Where to stay in Windsor

Not just a world-famous home to a royal family, Windsor is a popular tourist destination packed with hotels for every traveler's taste. For a royal experience of the town, stay at one of the hotels located just minutes from Windsor Castle. Windsor's centrally located townhouses, famous for featuring rich interior designs and luxurious bedrooms are a slightly less expensive alternative to the luxury hotels. Townhouses offer privacy, comfort, and tranquility, all within walking distance of the town's main attractions. For an even more affordable option, book your rooms at a private inn, hostel, or family-run B&B.
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