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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17:30 – Meet the GT rep outside Barclays Bank
18:00 – Arrival at Windsor Castle Admissions Centre to process through security
18:15 – Group is walked via the precincts of the Castle and around the base of the Round Tower to the State Apartments where the tour begins
18:30 – Tour commences
19:45 (Approx) – Tour finishes in the Middle Ward shop where visitors will receive a complimentary guidebook, a glass of champagne and a 20% discount in the shop.
20:15-20:30 (Approx) – Visitors exit via Henry VIII Gate
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.
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF WINDSOR CASTLE
For an experience groups won't forget, take a private tour of the State Apartments at Windsor Castle with an expert guide.
Your group's behind-the-ropes tour will take you on a journey through 1,000 years of royal history, when the Castle is closed to the public for the day. You will discover how William the Conqueror’s wooden castle was rebuilt by Edward III as a stone fortress with magnificent apartments, how Charles II set out to rival the Versailles of his cousin Louis XIV, while George IV filled the rooms with outstanding works of art and gave the Castle its famous skyline. You will also hear how the State Apartments are used today by The Queen on State and ceremonial occasions.