Visit the State Apartments
See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
Go Inside Gothic St George’s Chapel
Changing of the Guard
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Windsor Castle is only open Thursday to Monday.
1st of March to 31st of October
10am - 5.15pm (last admission time 4pm)
1st of November to 28th of February
10am - 4.15pm (last admission time 3pm)
Castle closing early
22 November 2021 (last admission 13:00, Castle closes 14:15
Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.
The Semi-State Rooms will be closed on 9 December 2021
St George’s Chapel
The chapel closes early on the following date:
Thursday, 23 December (closed from 13:00)
Friday, 24 December (closed from 13:00)
St George’s Chapel is also closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services.
Windsor Castle is fully closed on the 25th and 26th of December.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and Queen Elizabeth II loves to spend her weekends in this stunning fortress. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the castle is still a favorite 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!
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.
Queen Mary’s Dolls House
Specially built for Queen Mary by leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920’s, Queen Mary’s Dolls House is a magical miniature residence with extraordinary attention to detail. Complete with working lights, running water and a tiny garden, this dolls house is a perfect replica of an aristocratic home. The library is even filled with original works by famous writers of the day!
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, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday between April and the end of June. The rest of the year it takes place on alternate days, with the exception of Sundays.
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is currently closed for planned improvement works.
Special exhibition Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Coronation (7 July - 26 September 2022)
It will centre around the magnificent Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered with national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals. Her Majesty’s Robe of Estate was made by the royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft of purple silk velvet and was embroidered at the Royal School of Needlework. The intricate embroidery design features 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 the robe.