Parts of the castle are open to visitors, including the State Apartments, Queen Mary's intricate dolls' house, and George VI's private apartments. St. George's Chapel is another highlight, where many royal weddings and funerals have occurred, as well as where the Queen Mother's and King Henry VII's tombs are found. On a guided tour, you can see the Great Kitchen to witness the inner workings of the castle.
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Things to Know Before You Go
British history buffs and royal enthusiasts will want to prioritize a visit.
Windsor Castle is often visited on a half-day tour from London or on a full-day tour that also stops at Stonehenge, Oxford, or Bath.
Entrance to the castle is included in the London Pass.
How to Get There
Windsor is located less than an hour from central London by road. You can get there by train via London Waterloo (direct) or Paddington (one change). From the station, the castle is an easy walk. Buses run to Windsor from Victoria.
When to Get There
The castle is open daily from 9:45am to 4:15pm from November to February. From March to October, it closes at 5:15pm. Keep in mind that parts of the castle sometimes close for royal events.
Official Royal Business at Windsor Castle
As an official residence, Windsor Castle often hosts King Charles III. It is also the destination where state dinners for international dignitaries are held and where the king entertains those that have been knighted into the Order of the Garter. When the king is in residence, you can see the Changing of the Guard (as you do when he is at Buckingham Palace).
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