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Windsor Castle

Manicured gardens stretch beyond the Gothic turrets of the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle, a weekend home to royals. 

For about 1,000 years, the kings and queens of Britain have lodged in the 11th-century Windsor Castle. A flag hoisted from the central Round Tower informs visitors when the queen is in the building on one of her private weekend escapes. Borrow an audio guide for a detailed description of the castle’s history and context.

Stroll through the elegant gardens of this 13-acre (5-hectare) compound, which is large and developed enough to form a small village made up of wards. At the front is the main castle body, while the elegant St. George’s Chapel dominates the Lower Ward.

For a glimpse of the castle’s regal charm, watch the Changing the Guard ceremony, featuring unflinching guards in bearskin hats. Tour the State Apartments in the Upper Ward to marvel at the Georgian architecture, period décor and historic portraits. Enter Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, comprising minuscule replicas of stately rooms and gardens.

Visit St. George’s Chapel and attend a Sunday service in the building, where some of the royal family’s most notable members have been baptized, married and buried. Sculptures of emblematic animals cover the pinnacles rising from the roof, while the interior fan-vaulted ceiling is a notable highlight. 

The church’s history extends as far back as the Normans, when William the Conqueror founded it. Imagine the changing faces of the structure in the intervening centuries, when Georgian, Victorian and Gothic touches were added to medieval stone foundations.

The castle is open to visitors daily from morning until late afternoon, with an extra hour in summer. Purchase tickets and ask for discounts for youths and seniors. 

Windsor Castle is in the heart of Eton, roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of London. Arrive at Windsor & Eton Riverside or Windsor & Eton Central stations, take a water taxi to Windsor Promenade or ride a bus to a nearby stop. 

Explore other sites near the structure, including the Royal Theatre, the Soldier’s Statue and the Bachelor’s Acre.


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Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery £122
Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery

Castle Hotel Windsor - MGallery

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Windsor City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Eton College and Frogmore House are also within 2 miles (3 km). Windsor & Eton Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is 6 minutes.

    Macdonald Windsor Hotel £144
    Macdonald Windsor Hotel

    Macdonald Windsor Hotel

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Windsor City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Eton College and Frogmore House are also within 2 miles (3 km). Windsor & Eton Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is 5 minutes.

      Clarion Collection Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa £89
      Clarion Collection Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa

      Clarion Collection Harte & Garter Hotel & Spa

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Windsor City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Windsor Castle, Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Royal Shopping Centre. Windsor Guildhall and Theatre Royal are also within 5 minutes. Windsor & Eton Central Station and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa £136
        Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa

        Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Windsor City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Windsor Bridge, Windsor Castle, and Eton College. Frogmore House and Windsor Racecourse are also within 2 miles (3 km). Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is only a 2-minute walk and Windsor & Eton Central Station is 5 minutes.

          First Floor Apartment in the Heart of Windsor, Next Door to the Castle
          First Floor Apartment in the Heart of Windsor, Next Door to the Castle

          First Floor Apartment in the Heart of Windsor, Next Door to the Castle

          8-9 Church StFlat 1, Windsor, ENG
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Windsor City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Frogmore House and Eton College are also within 15 minutes. Windsor & Eton Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is 6 minutes.

            Hampden Apartments - The Harry
            Hampden Apartments - The Harry

            Hampden Apartments - The Harry

               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Windsor City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Eton College and Frogmore House are also within 2 miles (3 km). Windsor & Eton Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is 6 minutes.

              Windsor Castle Townhouse
              Windsor Castle Townhouse

              Windsor Castle Townhouse

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Windsor City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Windsor Parish Church and Windsor Castle. Eton College and Frogmore House are also within 2 miles (3 km). Windsor & Eton Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is 6 minutes.

                Hampden Apartments - The George £175
                Hampden Apartments - The George

                Hampden Apartments - The George

                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Windsor City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Windsor Guildhall and Windsor Castle. Eton College and Frogmore House are also within 2 miles (3 km). Windsor & Eton Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is 6 minutes.