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!
Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present
Saturday, 22 June 2013 until Sunday 26, January 2014.
Members of the British Royal family have been inspired to paint, draw and sculpt for generations. A new exhibition at Windsor Castle will show examples of their handiwork from the last 350 years, including detailed architectural drawings, atmospheric landscapes and intimate portraits of family members.
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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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
The Castle is closed:
25-26 December 2014
18 April 2014
20 April 2014 (closed until 13:00)
16 June 2014
The State Apartments are closed:
13-24 January 2014
Please note that when the State Apartments are closed the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.
The Semi-State Rooms:
Please note that the Semi-State Rooms are only open during the Winter months between the 28 September 2013 and March 2014.
St George's Chapel is closed:
13 December 2013 (St George’s Chapel open from 10:30)
23 December 2013 (St George’s Chapel closed from 13:00)
24 December 2013 (St George's Chapel will be open for worshippers only)
19 April 2014 (St George's Chapel opens at 11:00)
10 May 2014 (St George’s Chapel closed from 13:00)
11 July 2014 (St George’s Chapel opens at 10:30)
19 August 2014 (St George’s Chapel closed from 13:00)
23 December 2014 (St George's Chapel closed from 13:00)
24 December 2014 (St George's Chapel will be open for worshippers only)
St. George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services. These occur at the following times:
08:30 – Holy Communion
10:45 – Mattins and Sermon
11:45 – Sung Eucharist
17:15 – Evensong
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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