Windsor Castle, official residence of the Queen
Windsor Castle is one of the most famous royal residencies and the largest occupied castle in the world. It is located on the western outskirts of the town of Windsor, Berkshire, just a few hundred metres (yards) from the River Thames.
Windsor castle offers numerous indoor and outdoor attractions, so do be prepared to spend some time enjoying them!
From the magnificent State Apartments, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, to the famous doll's house, with its amazing collection of functioning miniature items, a truly amazing experience awaits you.
Further attractions open to the public include
- St George's Chapel, the burial place of 10 monarchs and one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in Britain
- the Drawings Gallery, featuring art exhibitions which change throughout the year
(check the website below for the current exhibition)
- during the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route
- the Changing of the Guard, held throughout the year (Monday to Saturday during the summer and on alternate days during the remainder of the year)
- a free 30-minute tour of the Castle Precincts led by the Wardens, dressed in their famous red and black Windsor livery (departure at regular intervals throughout the day from the co
Points of Interest
Today more than 500 people live and work in the castle grounds. The castle, which dates back to the 11th Century, covers an area of about 13 acres.
Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen. With the exception of the English Civil War, when it was used to imprison Charles 1st, the castle has been a home to the British Royal family.
There are no gastronomic facilities within the castle grounds, but bottled water can be purchased at the Courtyard Shop on entry. Please note, eating and drinking is not permitted in most areas within the buildings. A re-entry permit can be obtained from one of the Castle shops, allowing you to leave Windsor Castle temporarily for refreshments in town.
How to get there
SatNav: SL4 1NJ
From the M4: Leave the motorway at junction 6 heading south on the A355 towards Windsor. Continue onto the A332 and into the town after which the castle will be signposted.
From the M3: Leave the motorway at junction 3 and follow the A332 into Windsor after which the castle will be signposted.
By train and/or bus
Nearest train stations: Windsor & Eton Central for trains from Slough or Windsor & Eton Riverside for services from London Waterloo.
Buses and coaches travel to Windsor from Slough, Staines, Heathrow and Bracknell.
There are no parking facilities at the castle, therefore visitors must use the town's normal parking facilities.
The castle is situated at the top of a hill and the nearest disabled parking bays are located on the High Street below. However, within the castle itself, most areas are accessible by ramp or lift. Several toilets are accessible by wheelchair and guide dogs are welcome.
Telephone: (+44) (0) 20 7766 7304
As Windsor Castle is a working royal palace, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Please check before planning a visit.