Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

London is home to the oldest operating castle in the world, which is also currently functioning as the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Apart from the palace, the enormous 53,000 square meters hill features a magnificent chapel and residential buildings. Windsor Castle was established in the 11th century as one of the citadels built during the reign of William the Conqueror. Hence the choice of place on top of a hill overlooking the Thames, which made it a more successful ground to defend.

During our days Windsor is used to conduct official ceremonial events and as a country house for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, they stay here sometimes for holidays or a weekend. Thanks for its original architecture and lustrous apartments and halls Winsor Castle became famous for its interiors and was turned into one of the most attractive sights of London and the Great Britain. The palace collection comprises genius and unique masterpieces of such artists as Rembrandt, Canaletto, Holbein and Rubens, a portrait of King George's III royal family by T. Gainsborough and a portrait of Charles I by Anthony Van Dyck. Some of the state and private apartments of the castle are available for tourists, inner courtyards of the castle and its St. George's chapel. The chapel is the final resting place for the tombs of ten monarchs, tourist admissions only when there is no sermon running. One of the most valued objects of the castle, which is a total must to see, is the unmatched Queen Mary's Dolls' House. This is a splendid miniaturized copy of the palace produced in the early 1920s. This house even has a sewage system, electricity, elevators, a room where all the royal treasures are stored and a garage for a collection of luxurious cars. There's even a vacuum cleaner and miniaturized paintings.

The stores on the territory will offer exclusive souvenirs and unique items of royal clothing line garments. In order to see the most luxurious and the most royal rooms at the castle we advise you to visit Windsor from October to March when public access is open to the bedroom of George IV. Before going to Windsor do not forget to consult the official site of the castle to see the updated (effective throughout the year) info of closures for tourists. Windsor can be reached from Windsor and Eton Central railroad station from Waterloo terminus (London), also from Paddington station with a change to Slough, as well as by bus from Victoria Coach station.

Address: Windsor, Berkshire
Opening hours: March – October 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (entry till 4 pm), November – February 9.45 am – 4.15 pm (entry till 3 pm); St. George Chapel closed on Sundays for tourists.
How to reach: railway station Windsor & Eton Central; buses 71, 77, 192; pier Windsor Promenade.
Coordinates: 51.48389, -0.6044