Long to Reign Over us - Photographic display of the Queen's reign
From 9 September 2015, visitors to Windsor Castle will enjoy special photographic displays marking the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen of England. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people.
Audio tours & guided tours are included in the ticket price!
Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015
Saturday, 31 January 2015 to Wednesday, 13 January 2016
2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon.
In celebration of the allied victory, George IV created the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, a grand space filled with portraits of those instrumental in the victory, among them the Duke of Wellington.
Throughout 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815–2015 will combine a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explores the battle and its aftermath.
The trail will highlight objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture, weapons and the beautiful red cloak belonging to Napoleon, presented to George IV by Wellington's ally, Field-Marshal Gebhardt von Blücher.
The Semi-State Rooms
One of the best times of the year to visit Windsor Castle is between September and March, when the spectacular private apartments created for George IV are open. These Semi-State Rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining.
George IV had a well-developed love of fine objects and a taste for the theatrical. With his architect, Sir Jeffry Wyatville, he completely remodelled the Castle’s exterior during the 1820s, giving it the romantic and picturesque appearance seen today. He also decided to create a new suite of private rooms on the sunnier east and south sides of the Castle. This was George IV’s last and greatest commission, and one of the most lavish and costly interior decoration schemes ever carried out in England.
Tickets are sold at a reduced rate when the State Apartments are closed. Provisional State Apartment closure dates:4th, 9th-11th April, 15th April.
Tickets purchased through 365 Tickets cannot be upgraded to yearly passes
Why not combine your visit to Kensington Palace with Hampton Court Palace to save on entry to both attractions.
Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people.
What there is to see:
The magnificent State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto, Gainsborough and the famous triple portrait of Charles I by Sir Anthony van Dyck. In 1992 fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. By good fortune the rooms worst affected were empty at the time, and as a result, few of the Castle's artistic treasures were destroyed. The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe. From October to March visitors can also enjoy George IV's private apartments (the Semi-State Rooms), among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle.
St George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III. Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I. Among the highlights of a visit to Windsor is Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the most famous dolls' house in the world. The Drawings Gallery shows changing exhibitions of material from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. The special display below is shown alongside a selection of treasures from the Royal Library.
Image 1: Photographer: Mark Fiennes, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Image 2: Photographer: Dennis Gilbert, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Image 3: Photographer: Ian Jones, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Image 4: Photographer: John Freeman, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Dates & Times
|Mar - Oct:
||09.45-17.15 (last entry 16.00)
|Nov - Feb:
||09.45-16.15 (last entry 15.00)
||27 Nov, 25 - 26 Dec
Castle completely closed
3 April 2015
5 April 2015
28 April 2015
15 June 2015
State Apartments closed
The State Apartments are closed:
6 March 2015
14 April 2015
26-27 April 2015
29-30 April 2015
19 May 2015
14-16 June 2015
25 June 2015
14 July 2015
17 July 2015
On these dates, The Precincts, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the Drawings Gallery will
continue to be open. Reduced admission charges will apply.
Semi-State Rooms closed
During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State
Rooms, are included in the visitor route. These rooms will re-open to the public from 27
September 2014 – March 2015 and standard admission charges apply. Please note that when
the State Apartments are closed the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.
St George’s Chapel closed
11 February 2015 (closed from 13:00)
St George’s Chapel is also closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the
day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services.
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. Please check opening arrangements by visiting this website or telephoning the Ticket Sales and Information Office on +44 (0)20 7766 7304
Audio tours, guided tours and guidebooks
Tours of Windsor Castle and St George's Chapel are self-guided. An audio tour, which lasts approximately 2 hours is included in the ticket price. A family audio tour and family activity trails are also available in English. The audio tour and Official Guidebook are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese & Russian. Guided tours of the Castle Precincts are available at regular intervals throughout the day. Precinct tours last approximately 30 minutes and depart from the Admissions Centre. The tours are included in the ticket price.
Changing of the Guard
Changing the Guard takes place at 11.00 daily from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. Changing of the Guard does not take place on Sundays.
Print at Home
Unless stipulated in the booking process all bookings require customers to print their voucher off in order to be exchanged for entry to the attraction or tour. We cannot guarantee entry without a printed voucher and will not be able to cancel or refund customers who do not print the vouchers and therefore can't gain access to the venue or tour.
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11 August 2015
We had a wonderful experience. Well worth the visit. Thanks
8 July 2015
There are very few rooms offered to visitors . I was not allowed to photograph or film.
31 May 2015
We had a very good day, made better by pre booking the tickets with you. The que to enter was very long but we had immediate access with the tickets pre purchased
13 May 2015
Got there 9.45am so we were able to visit St George's chapel then see the changing of the guard.This was so English-the brass band played 3 pieces then the ceremony took place.The sun was shining on the red uniforms & the brass instruments
We then saw the state apartments and the dolls house. All wellorganised with the added benefit of the commentary,via ear phones, of each area.
Amost enjoyable visit that I shall always remember
2 May 2015
Fast, efficient service thank you. Would'nt hesitate to use again.
7 April 2015
Very easy to use and a great venue.
My only comment is that 3 months is a relatively short timescale to redeem these vouchers-I should have thought 6 or 12 months would be more usual..
Gerald William L
20 March 2015
Yes was very good but didnt use one of the tickets can i get a refund please