Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodelled by successive kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II and George IV. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions.
Windsor Castle offers an extraordinarily rich and varied day out, all on one site. A visit to the Castle includes the magnificent State Apartments. Which are furnished with some of the finest works from the Royal Collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens and Van Dyck, fine English and French furniture, and the tiny treasures of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, the Semi-State rooms are added to the visitor route.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
From 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will form part of the ticket entry to Windsor Castle. This special exhibition will feature the wedding outfits worn by the couple at their wedding in May 2018.
The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. The Duchess chose Ms Waight Keller for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, and for the impeccable tailoring of her creations. The Duchess and Ms Waight Keller worked closely together on the design.
The Duke of Sussex's wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the 'Blues and Royals'), made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. As the uniform specially commissioned for the occasion is required for use by His Royal Highness, an identical uniform made for The Duke by Dege & Skinner a few years earlier will be displayed.
Your admission also includes St George’s chapel. Set within the Castle Precincts, this is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings here in England. Ten monarchs are buried here, including Henry VIII and Charles I.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex 26 October 2018 – 6 January 2019
The State Apartments will be closed on:
2 November 2018
On these dates, The Precincts and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House will continue to be open, unless otherwise stated below. Reduced admission charges will apply. It is not possible to see the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the State Apartments are closed
Windsor Castle will be closed on the following dates:
11 – 12 October 2018
25th & 26th December 2018
Windsor Castle will close early on the following dates:
27 September 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
4 October 2018 (last admission 15:00, last entry to the State Apartments 15:30, closes 16:00)
Semi-State Rooms closed
23 November 2018 & 14 December2018
It is not possible to see the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex when the Semi-State Rooms are closed.
During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route. These rooms will re-open to the public from 26 October 2018 – March 2019 and standard admission charges apply. Please note that when the State Apartments are closed, the Semi-State Rooms will not be open.
Queen Mary's Dolls' House
Please note that due to work being undertaken, as part of Future Programme, Queen Mary's Dolls' House at Windsor Castle will be closed to visitors from Friday, 6 July, until further notice.
Photographer: Peter Packer. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Photographer: Mark Fiennes. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
The Royal Collection 2018, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
For Safety and Security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route.
On arrival, you and your belongings will be subject to airport-style security checks. Please try to bring as little as possible with you as it will help you get through security more quickly.
Windsor Castle – authorised Blue Badge Guides are offered complimentary admission. Guides should go to the admissions centre on arrival and show their Windsor Castle- authorised membership card.
Windsor Castle is fully accessible and we welcome visitors with different access requirements. Concessionary rates are available for visitors with disabilities and an accompanying companion is admitted free of charge.
All visitors should be aware that the Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill and there are long distances that have to be covered on site.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
As the official residences of The Queen are working royal palaces, opening arrangements may change at short notice. Please check the Opening times page under each residence before planning a visit
Multimedia guide are included in the admission price at all residences and do not need to be pre-booked. They are available in nine languages.
Please note: that admission to Windsor Castle is busiest immediately after opening and throughout the morning. We recommend you arrive after midday if possible.
Take your confirmation/voucher along with your photo ID and credit card used to pay for the booking to Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ, for entry.