Enjoy a trip around Windsor with an open top hop-on hop-off bus tour. Combine this with entry into Windsor Castle and a boat ride for a day to remember.
• Private Guided Tour start outside Barclays Bank in Windsor at 5:30pm and not at the castle.
• Standard Entry: Please exchange your voucher at least 15min prior to you entry at Windsor Castle Ticket office (Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1N)
• Customers can board the tour from any of the 11 stops along the route.
• Once booked, this product cannot be cancelled.
• Cruise : Bring and exchange your printed voucher on the day of travel at: French Brothers Windsor Ticket Office, Windsor Promenade Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 1QX
• For Windsor Castle, all visitors over the age of 16 must download the NHS COVID-19 app before your visit. You are required to scan the NHS QR code on entry, or provide your name and contact details on arrival. This info will be kept securely for 21 days and will be provided to the NHS if requested.
• 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.
• Some elements of the castle may be closed in accordance with government guidelines.
17:30 – Meet the GT rep outside Barclays Bank Barclays Bank, 29/30 High St, Windsor SL4 1PQ
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
24-hour hop-on hop-off open top bus tour
Will take you around Windsor, the historic market town just outside of London. It houses many interesting buildings including the famous Windsor Castle. The castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1070, when a timber motte and bailey castle were first constructed. The modern day castle hosted the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle in May 2018.
You will learn about Windsor’s historic past, as you drive around its cobbled streets taking in the sites of the Theatre Royal, Holy Trinity Church and the Windsor farm shop. You can hop-on or hop-off at any of the 11 stops on the route to explore more. The route also takes you past Eton College, said to be the most famous school in the world, where Prince’s William and Harry were both educated.
Windsor is a short train journey away from central London, taking you right into the heart of the town. It’s easy to see why it is so popular
The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and its magnificent State Rooms and works of art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens. In 1992 a devastating fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.
HM The Queen and her family spend most of their private weekends at Windsor Castle. The Queen is also officially in residence throughout April and June, when the annual Garter Service is held in St George's Chapel.
Upon arrival at Windsor Castle, audio guides are available in different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.
The State Apartments, the heart of the working palace, are regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions. They are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. During the winter months the Semi-State Rooms, among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle are added to the visitor route.
St. George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in England. It has been the setting for many royal weddings and is the burial place of ten sovereigns. The Chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of the Order of the Garter. Britain's highest Order of Chivalry.
The Changing of the Guardtakes place at 11:00am, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday between April and the end of June, and on alternate days for the rest of the year, with the exception of Sundays. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle is suspended for the time being.
The Castle is open to visitors, including when The Queen is in residence, except for 25 and 26 December. As the Castle is a working royal palace opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.
UPGRADE TO 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.
Depart from Windsor Promenade in the heart of the historic town of Windsor and cruise along the Thames upstream to Boveney Lock and Weir.
During your journey, you’ll get to take in wonderful views of the world-famous Windsor Castle. As the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, it is not to be missed! You’ll also see sights of the renowned Eton College where Prince William and former Prime Minister, David Cameron attended, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse and Brocas Meadows.
Excellent Onboard Experience
You’ll get to enjoy a wonderful onboard experience as the comfortable passenger boat cruises the iconic waters. With an array of light refreshments available and an onboard bar if you’re wanting something extra special, this trip is a truly delightful way to take in the glorious sights of Windsor.