Windsor Castle - Standard Ticket
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!
Treasures from the Royal Archives
Saturday, 17 May 2014 to Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Royal Archives contain the official and private papers of the Sovereign and other members of the British Royal Family, together with the records of the Royal Household and the private Royal estates. This unparalleled collection reflects and records some of the most significant moments in British history and provides a fascinating insight into the lives of monarchs and their families.
The holdings of the Royal Archives date principally from the reign of George III (r. 1760–1820) onwards, although there is some notable earlier material, such as the papers of the exiled Stuarts. Documents relating to the Sovereign and the Royal Household continue to be added to the Royal Archives today.
Since 1914 the Round Tower at Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Archives. A selection of its treasures have been brought together in this exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the creation of the Royal Archives. The items on display date from the thirteenth to the twenty-first centuries and include personal correspondence, diary entries and account books for royal residences.
Summer Tours at Windsor Castle
Special tours are taking place at Windsor Castle this summer, so don't miss your chance to climb the iconic Round Tower for spectacular views of the Windsor parkland or go behind the scenes to the oldest working kitchen in the country and see where food is prepared for grand ceremonial occasions.
Tickets are sold at a reduced rate when the State Apartments are closed. Provisional State Apartment closure dates:4th, 9th-11th April, 15th April
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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.
The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch
Friday, 23 November 2012 to Sunday, 09 June 2013
Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most depicted women in the world. She has sat to numerous artists, from Cecil Beaton and Pietro Annigoni to Lucian Freud. Her portrait likeness, so widely circulated, has also inspired artists such as Andy Warhol, whose screenprint portraits of Her Majesty have been recently acquired for the Royal Collection and are displayed for the first time at Windsor Castle.
Portraits of The Queen are made for a number of official purposes, ranging from photographs distributed at the time of a State Visit, to those that mark a particular anniversary. Portraits bearing a clear and recognisable image of the sovereign are required for use on coins, banknotes and stamps. Many of the works on display were created with one of these purposes in mind.
This exhibition presents a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits of The Queen, gathered here from the different Royal residences.
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
|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
25–26 December 2014
State Apartments closed
11-31 January 2015
5 December 2014
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
23 December 2014 (closed from 13:00)
24 – 26 December 2014
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.
The Drawings Gallery
The Drawings Gallery displays changing exhibitions of material from the Royal Collection.
Treasures from the Royal Archives
(17 May 2014 – 21 January 2015)
The Drawings Gallery will close on 21 January and re-open on 31 January 2015.
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.
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