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Windsor Castle Tickets and Tours 2020

Windsor Castle Entrance Tickets with Audio Guide
Windsor Castle Entrance Tickets with Audio Guide

Windsor Castle Half Day Tour from London
Windsor Castle Half Day Tour from London

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour with Access to Roman Bath From London
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Tour with Access to Roman Bath Fro...

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath from London
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath from London

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford from London
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford from London

Windsor, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Bath Tour
Windsor, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Bath Tour

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath

London is home to some of the best attractions and experiences in the country. But for those interested in the royal family, there is more to see than just Buckingham Palace. Just 40 kilometers from London lies the Windsor Castle, home to the royals. Easy to visit as part of a quick day trip from London, this monument will give you insight into 1000 years of British history. Read on for a look into what your Windsor Castle tickets have to offer.

Visiting Windsor Castle Post-COVID 19

Starting July 23, 2020, Windsor Castle began welcoming visitors back to the monument. There are stringent health measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors.

Safety Measures at Windsor Castle

  • Visitors are required to bring a mask and keep it on at all times within the premises.
  • The venue will be operating at reduced capacity.
  • Social distancing protocol must be followed at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer is available to visitors & staff at stations along the visitor route.
  • Only contactless payment is done within the premises.
  • It is mandatory to book tickets online, as a timed entry system will be followed.
  • Certain rooms have been temporarily closed to visitors.
  • Cafes and shops remain open, but no one will be allowed inside without a mask.

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Why Visit Windsor Castle?

Windsor Castle has served as the home and court of British monarchs since 1070 - over 1000 years! The monument stands tall against the clear skies of Windsor and has been a favourite among royals, state visitors, tourists, and locals alike. 

Whether you’re a history buff, royal fanatic, or just a curious traveler, a visit to Windsor Castle is a must. Opulent staterooms and chambers decorated with breathtaking art by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt welcome visitors into the castle. The famous Round Tower and St. George’s Chapel round off this magnificent touring experience.

Today, the Royal Collection Trust has ensured that Windsor Castle has retained its beauty and intriguing stories while offering the latest facilities such as a multilingual audio guide and enhancing accessibility for the visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing visitors.

Learn more about the history of Windsor Castle >

Best way to Buy Windsor Castle Tickets

Since visiting Windsor Castle is bound to be on most people’s travel list, it is advisable to book Windsor Castle tickets online. Purchasing tickets online helps avoid long lines at the Admission Center during peak hours (most mornings) while also enabling visitors to avail free travel from London and audio guides in different languages.

Once the proper tickets are bought either online or through the Admission Center, visitors can opt to go for a non-guided tour and explore on their own terms or choose a specific tour to take part in. 

Windsor Castle Ticket Options

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Guided Tours

As part of a guided tour, you will get to explore the Windsor Castle in all its glory with an expert guide who knows the premises like the back of their hand. They will give you an insight into its history and answer any questions you may have. Moreover, transfers are usually included in guided tours for a smooth experience. If you want to explore at your own pace, yet get information, you can also go for an audioguided tour.

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Non-guided Tours

A non-guided or self-guided tour is the most flexible Windsor Castle ticket option. You will be armed with just your tickets - you can decide how you want to get there and what exactly you want to see. This is perfect for those who love to explore on their own. However, you will have to arrange your own transportation to, from, and within Windsor.

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Combo Tours

Under Windsor Castle combo tours from London, you will get to explore one or more places along with this monument. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, and your transportation is included to ensure a hassle free experience. Some popular combo tour destinations with Windsor Castle include Stonehenge, Bath, and Oxford.

Guided vs. Non Guided Tour of Windsor Castle

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Guided Tours
  1. You are accompanied by an experienced guide, who will educate you about Windsor Castle and its resplendent history.
  2. You will be a part of a group and get to know people from around the world.
  3. Guided tours include transportation to, from, and within Windsor and the castle.
  4. These typically have a set itinerary to ensure you can see more of the castle within the given time.
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Non-Guided Tours
  1. As part of a non-guided tour, you can explore the castle by yourself and at your own leisure.
  2. Non-guided tours do not include groups of any sort.
  3. Under non-guided tours, you have to arrange for your own transportation to and from Windsor Castle.
  4. You are free to choose your pace and your schedule to explore this magnificent castle.

Deconstructing a Windsor Castle Tour

Windsor Castle Tour From London

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You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi from a set location in London Victoria Coach Station.

  • A typical Windsor Castle tour starts with the majestic State Apartments, graced by monarchs and their art pieces for centuries. The apartments feature decadent gold and red decorations and equally grand furnishings. Portraits and impressive art pieces from renowned artists are hung on walls, but the best pieces are spread between the state apartments, semi-state rooms, and the different chambers where state visits and investitures are held.
  • A trip to the Palace is incomplete without a look at the intriguing Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House - a complete miniature house fit for royalty. Please note that this is temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions. 
  • Once outside, visitors can walk to St. George’s Chapel - a stunning chapel designed in multiple styles of architecture. 
  • A climb to the top of the Round Tower completes an engaging tour of Windsor Castle.

You will be dropped off at the same place as pick up — in London Victoria.

Sightseeing Combo Windsor Castle Tour From London

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You will be picked up in an private air-conditioned coach from a meeting point in London Victoria. In Windsor combo tours from London, Windsor Castle is typically the first stop.

  • Upon arrival, you will first head to the opulent State Apartments, which is home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Typically, visitors then head to Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, which was built between 1921 and 1924 for Queen Mary by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Please note that this is temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions. 
  • Once outside, visitors can walk to St. George’s Chapel, which recently became popular as the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. 
  • You can then head to Round Tower to wrap up your Windsor Castle tour.

Depending on the tickets chosen, you will then head to the next venue. You could go to Stonehenge and marvel at the prehistoric monument; or Bath, to discover the wonderful heritage city; or even Lacock, one of the most beautiful towns in the Cotswolds.

At the end of your tour, you will be dropped off at the same meeting point in London Victoria.

How to Pick the Best Windsor Castle Tickets

  • Budget-friendly
    If you’re looking for something easy on the pocket, simply purchase the entry tickets. You will also have to book your own transportation, but that shouldn’t be expensive if you book in advance. You can also choose entry tickets with audio guides or pick up the multimedia guide directly at the castle.
  • Informative
    If you are looking to discover the history of the monument and the British empire, it’s best to pick a guided tour. Not only will your tour guide give you information, but they will also any questions you may have about the monument or the many monarchs who occupied it. These tickets will let you access all parts of the castle, except the ones that are closed.
  • Beyond Windsor
    Want to explore Britain in all its stunning glory? Pick a combo tour. Windsor Castle combo tickets will let you explore further. You can visit the mysterious prehistoric monument, Stonehenge, or UNESCO World Heritage Site - the entire city of Bath, or even Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires.

What to See at Windsor Castle

Here are some things visitors must see at Windsor Castle. Click for a comprehensive list of things to see at the castle.

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State Apartments

In the Upper Ward lie the extravagant State Apartments. Each room is designed based on a particular architectural style, the most famous of them being in Rococo style.

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St. George’s Chapel

Famous as the venue of the latest royal wedding, this Gothic chapel was constructed in 1475. It is located in the Lower Ward of the castle.

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Round Tower

Located in the heart of the castle, in the Middle Ward, is the Round Tower. It has been housing the Royal Archives since 1993.

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Changing the Guard

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, visitors can see the guards exchange duties with another set of guards in this ceremony.

Semi-State Rooms
Semi-State Rooms

King George IV’s greatest and last commission, the Semi-State Rooms are decorated lavishly in a stunning blend of Classic, Gothic, and Rococo styles.

Queen Mary's Dolls' House
Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Queen Mary's Dolls' House features intricately designed rooms, including the Royal Chambers, Saloon and Dining Room, and Library. It even has working electricity, running hot water, and working lifts. 

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Waterloo Chamber

The Waterloo Chamber was commissioned by King George IV, following Britain’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo. It features over 50 portraits of British royalty.

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China Museum

This room features beautiful, unique china that Queen Mary used to display in the corridors in 1920. It has pieces from China, Japan, and others.

Plan Your Visit to Windsor Castle

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Best time to visit
Where to eat
Where to stay
Shopping
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windsor castle day trip
  • Coach: You can take a bus from London to Windsor from Victoria Station. These run frequently, multiple times a day.
  • Train: You can take a London to Windsor train from Paddington or Waterloo stations. The trains run nearly every half hour, and will drop you to Windsor & Eton Central. A 10-minute walk from there will get you to the entrance of Windsor Castle.
  • Car: Take the M4 to exit 6, and follow signs to Windsor Town Center. While this is a convenient way of traveling, note that the car park is about a 20-minute walk from the castle. 
  • Guided tour: In a London to Windsor Castle guided tour, your transportation is arranged in a private air-conditioned bus, usually with free WiFi.
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visit windsor castle

Windsor is pleasant to visit throughout the year, but the best time to visit Windsor is during spring. The weather is pleasant, and the scenery is lovely. However, if you want to avoid crowds, you can visit between November to March. While it is colder, the beauty of Windsor Castle remains just the same.

where to eat in windsor

Here are some popular restaurants near Windsor Castle:

  • Limes of Windsor: This charming family-run bakery is where you can pop in for some delicious cakes, tarts, afternoon tea, and sandwiches.
  • Clarence Tea House & Brasserie: For a traditional English tea experience, visit this tea house. Their scones, cakes, and  sandwiches make for delicious accompaniments.
  • Latino Taverna: Serving Greek & Continental dishes, Latino Taverna specialises in  traditional meze and has vegetarian options.
  • Lebanese Nights: For some high-quality home made food, head to Lebanese nights. The generous portions of Lebanese cuisine are sure to keep you satisfied.
  • Misugo: A ten-minute walk from the castle, Misugo serves up delicious Japanese cuisine. When visiting, don’t forget to try their out-of-the-world sushi and sashimi.
where to stay in windsor

If you plan to stay in Windsor, you can choose to stay in hostels or go camping if you’re looking for something budget-friendly.

If you need something mid-range, you can pick from a self-catered apartment, a Bed & Breakfast, or an inn.

And if you want a luxurious stay, you can pick from an array of luxury and boutique hotels.

windsor shopping

Located opposite Windsor Castle, the Windsor Royal station has about forty stores, along with a bunch of eateries. While some stores remain closed due to COVID-19, this still remains a popular shopping destination.

Additionally, Windsor also has many department stores, high street shops, and independent boutiques — so there is always something for everyone!

what to do in windsor

Here are some things that are a must-do when visiting Windsor Castle:

  • Marvel at the luxurious State Apartments, with its opulent decorations and rare artworks.
  • Visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
  • Take a stroll in the Home Park.
  • Explore the Round Tower, which houses the Royal Archives.
  • Discover St. George’s Chapel, where many royals, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, tied the knot.

Visitor Tips for London to Windsor Castle Tours

  • As cloakroom facilities have been suspended temporarily, just carry the essentials in a small bag.
  • Photography and filming is not allowed inside the State Apartments and St. George's Chapel. 
  • Ensure you wear comfortable shoes, as there is a moderate amount of walking involved.
  • The Castle's Admission Centre provides an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors.
  • Don’t miss the Changing Of The Guard From The Guildhall, which happens on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11 AM.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Windsor Castle Tickets

Q. What are the best Windsor Castle tickets?

A. While slightly on the expensive side, the best tickets are those that include a guided tour. This enriches your experience as you get insight into the workings and history of the monument. Additionally, your transfers are covered, making your visit hassle-free.

Q. Does London Pass include Windsor Castle?

A. Yes. Entry to the Castle is included in the London Pass along with access to 80+ other attractions.

Q. Is Windsor Castle open to visitors?

A. Yes, Windsor Castle opened its doors for visitors on July 23, 2020, and has been operating at reduced capacity since.

Q. Is Windsor Castle open all year round?

A. Yes, but the castle is closed on certain days every year and when members of the royal family host events at the location. For more info, you can check out the official site.

Q. Are there discounts available on Windsor Castle tickets?

A. Yes. A regular ticket for adults costs £23.50, but is £13.50 for those under the age of 17 or disabled individuals. Entry to the castle is free for children under 5 years of age. Family tickets (for 2 adults and 3 children) costs £60.50.

Q. Is Windsor Castle accessible?

A. Yes. All areas are accessible to disabled visitors. Guide dogs are permitted, and water is available for them on request. Facilities are in place for hearing-impaired and visually-impaired visitors. There is ramp/level access wherever needed, and toilets for disabled visitors are available. There is also an accessible lift to State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms.

Q. Can you buy same day tickets to Windsor Castle?

A. Due to current regulations, even if you want to purchase same day tickets, you will have to do it online. It is thus recommended that you book online tickets in advance to get the date and time slot you prefer.

Q. Should I buy Windsor Castle tickets in advance?

A. Currently, it is absolutely necessary to purchase your Windsor Castle tickets in advance, as only those with timed slot tickets are being allowed in.

Q. Are Windsor Castle guided tours available?

A. Yes. These can be booked in advance online. You can also opt for a guided tour and explore other destinations along with Windsor Castle.

Q. Is audioguide included on Windsor Castle ticket?

A. While Windsor Castle tickets with audioguide are available for purchase, visitors can also pick up the multimedia guide for free upon entrance.

Q. What is included in Windsor Castle tickets?

A. As part of your Windsor Castle admission tickets, you will get access to State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel, Semi-State Rooms (autumn to spring only), and Queen Mary's Dolls' House (when open).

Q. What is the duration of a Windsor Castle tour?

A. Windsor Castle tours are typically 2 hours. If you are visiting Windsor Castle from London, your total tour time would be about 5-6 hours, including transfers.

Q. What is the best time to visit Windsor Castle?

A. The best time is during spring. Visit around 12-12:30 PM, once the morning crowd from tour coaches has dwindled down.