Windsor Castle is a castle and royal residence in Windsor, on the outskirts of London, England. The first castle on the site was built in the 11th Century and this makes Windsor Castle one of the longest occupied castles in Europe, with it being used by the reigning monarchs of the English and the British Royal Family.
The original Windsor Castle was built in the 11th Century on the orders of William the Conqueror, to protect against western approaches to London. Since then the castle has been rebuilt and reshaped by many monarchs and has some stunning architecture from different times. The castle now has different sections for royal events and hospitality as well as a residence for the monarch. It also has a Chapel which hosts royal events such as weddings with Prince Harry the latest to marry in Windsor Castles St George's Chapel. The castle itself has a museum feel due to it being so well kept.
Windsor is 25 miles west of central London, by car use the M4 motorway and get off at junction six for Windsor, the journey will take around 45 minutes. There is parking around Windsor centre as well as at the castle. If using public transport the best option is to use the number 702 Greenline bus service from London, which departs Victoria Station every half hour. By train, the closest station to the castle is ‘Windsor & Eton Riverside’ station with trains running from ‘London Waterloo’.
Opening Times and Admission
Despite being a royal residence and home of the monarch of Britain for periods throughout the year (look for a raised British Flag to indicate the Queen is on the premises) the castle is open to visitors throughout the year. From March to October the castle is open 9.30am-5.30pm every day and for the rest of the year the castle is open 9.45am-4.15pm every day, last entry is set 90 minutes before closing time. The castle has a changing of the guard ceremony every day at 11 am. Tickets for entry to the castle are set at £21 for adults with discounted rates for concessions, the ticket gets you access to most of the castle's buildings, including St George's Chapel, the State Rooms and the Grand Reception Rooms.