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Situated by the river Thames approximately 40km west of the heart of London is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle has been the official residence of British monarchs since Henry I. Today, the Queen spends most of her weekends, one month over Easter and one week each June during the Royal Ascot at Windsor Castle. Her standard is flown from the Round Tower to indicate when she is in residence.
Together with Hampton Court Palace, I highly recommend Windsor Castle as a fun day outing whilst you are in London. It is easy to get to, and aside from the magnificently turreted motte-and-bailey style castle, the surrounding township is also pretty as a picture and worth strolling through.
On your visit, you will be able to pick up an audio guide and visit the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, as well as St George’s Chapel. Built in the Gothic style, the chapel is where 10 sovereigns have been laid to rest, including Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour.
The easiest way is to take the train from London Waterloo or Paddington station to Windsor and Eton Central or Windsor and Eton Riverside. Both stations are basically situated across the road from the castle. You won’t miss it, and it’s a pleasant walk to get to the castle.
March to October 9.45am-5.15pm.
November to February 9.45am-4.15pm.
Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours there.
You can also find a lot more practical information and details on dates during which parts of the castle are closed at the official website.
£18.50 adults/£10 when State Apartments are closed.
£16.75 students and over 60s/£9 when State Apartments are closed.
£11 under 17s/£6.50 when State Apartments are closed.
Free for children under 5.
Have you been to Windsor Castle? What was the favourite part of your visit? What other castles around the world would you recommend seeing?
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