Attractions around the local area
Windsor itself has a great deal to offer visitors.
Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and open daily with the exception of very special occasions (check with Windsor Tourist Information Centre, just to be sure:- 01753 743 908). It really is worth a visit and offers something for everyone – including the children! This is the Queens favourite residence and if the Royal Standard flag is flying – you know she is in!
Entry ticket into the castle allows you access to St Georges Chapel. If your trip includes a Sunday stay you may wish to attend evensong to which the general public are welcome. Remember to validate your ticket on entry as you are then able to us it as often as you like during the 12 months from purchase.
Close to Windsor Castle, the Sir Christopher Wren-designed Guildhall is a premier wedding and special occasion location. The intimate Ascot Room, chosen by Prince Charles for his wedding and Sir Elton John for his civil partnership, seats 30 people. The impressive Council Chamber with its chandeliers on loan from The Queen and royal portraits dating back to Elizabeth I seats 120.The Council Chamber accommodates up to 100 guests for wedding ceremonies but is also suitable for smaller parties. The Chamber is licensed for wedding ceremonies. Check with the Windsor tourist information centre for opening times for visitors.
Windsor town is great for shopping with all the major chains present – M&S, Zara, H&M, Top Shop, TK Max – to name but a few. The bulk of the shops are in the pedestrian area including a department stores Daniels, which is worth a visit. Windsor Central Station has numerous shops and stalls again worth a look and is home to the Windsor Tourist Information Centre – situated in the old ticket hall.
Eton is located just across the river from Windsor, a couple of minutes walk from the Castle. A short walk down the attractive High Street will bring you to the famous Eton College, founded in 1440 by Henry VI. Eton College’s former pupils include 18 British Prime Ministers. Tours of the college are available, including an exhibition of the College’s history, and the oldest schoolroom in the world. It’s worth seeing the interior of Eton Chapel, similar to King’s College, Cambridge – for views of the exterior, the best view is probably from Eton High Street. See the official Eton College website for more information.
It’s also worth having a good look at the interesting array of shops as you walk down the High Street – mostly antique shops, art galleries and curiosity shops. Look out for the shop that sells nothing but teddy bears! The Cockpit Restaurant is the site of the 17th and 18th century cockfights, frequented by Charles II. There’s an original Victorian post box by the restaurant. The Eton Traders Association has its own Eton website.
As you cross the bridge, stop for a moment to admire the view of the River Thames, and to look at the interesting artwork created for the bridge by the artist Wendy Ramshaw: bollards and brass paving set into the bridge itself. There is also a “tower” bollard with a lens for viewing the High Street and the Castle. Look out for street and bridge entertainers during the summer.
Amongst all the shops are numerous restaurants and cafes with excellent Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Greek and Italian restaurants together with the usual chains such as Pizza Hut and MacDonald’s! We have plenty of experience eating out in and around Windsor so feel free to pick our brains when you arrive. In the summer it is advisable to book tables in advance particularly at the weekend. For the discerning “foodies” there is always Heston Blumenthal’s “The Fat Duck “ restaurant in Bray (circa 6 miles from Windsor). The meal is an experience to remember and if you do want to go you need to book well in advance – three months ordinarily! A Taxi to Bray from Park Farm Bed and Breakfast accommodation is just under £10 – so why not make a weekend of it?
Windsor Castle -
Daily: 09:45 – 16:15. Last admission 15:00.
Monday – Saturday
Precincts, State Apartments, Semi-State Rooms, The Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St. George’s Chapel.
Precincts, State Apartments, Semi-State Rooms, The Drawings Gallery and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
Adult - £23.50
Concession Under 17 - £13.5
Family - £60.50
(Senior/Student) Disabled - £21.20
Visit the rct/visit/ windsorcastle for reduced rates when The State Apartments are closed
REDUCED ADMISSION CHARGES APPLY TO GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE VISITORS
NOTES / CLOSURES:
• Changing the Guard will take place at 11:00; weather permitting, every other day (check windsor castle website) excluding Sundays.
• The State Apartments will be closed for state visits and occassional events.
• Meet the experts
Meet experts in conservation from across the Castle, who will be on hand throughout the State Apartments and St George's Chapel to share their extraordinary work with visitors. Whether repairing delicate porcelain, applying gold leaf, or restoring paintings, the conservators' skills can reveal fascinating insights into the precious collections and interiors of Windsor Castle.
More details to be fund on the rct website
• Musical treasures - 8th February
Enjoy a concert of baroque music in the splendour of the State Apartments at Windsor Castle. This performance brings together extraordinary instruments from the Royal Collection; from a harpsichord made by Burkhat Shudi to a flute made of porcelain by the Meissen factory which was presented to George III.
• Family Saturdays – in addition to trails and a children's audio guide, an exciting family programme is also offered throughout the year linked to the history of Windsor Castle, art works on display and royal residents past and present. Visit
• Special Tours
- From Great Kitchen to State Apartments – An introduction to the history of royal dining, past and present followed by a guided visit to the Great Kitchen and medieval Undercroft, neither of which are normally open to the public.
- Private Evening Tours – In the company of an expert guide, guests will enjoy an exclusive ‘behind-the-ropes’ experience in the magnificent State Apartments. The tour ends with a glass of champagne.
- Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the State Apartments – The tour offers a fascinating talk and a private viewing of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the most famous dolls’ house in the world.
The visit begins by exploring the State Apartments at leisure with an audio tour. The guided tour then starts in the Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the history of the Dolls’ House and its delightfully detailed contents. The tour then concludes with a private viewing of the Dolls’ House after visitors have left for the day.
- Exhibition Talk – The tour begins in the Castle’s Winchester Tower with refreshments and an introduction to the special exhibition in the Drawings Gallery.
The special exhibition Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 - 2015 combines a display of prints, drawings and fascinating archival material with a trail around the State Apartments that highlights specific Waterloo-related objects at the Castle. Groups can enjoy this exhibition in more depth as part of a special themed visit, 'A Prince, A Duke and An Emperor'.
- The Military Knights’ Tale – This brand new group tour offers a personal insight into the ancient and noble institution of the Military Knights of Windsor presented by a serving Military Knight.
The above tours are available to pre-booked groups on selected dates only by appointment with the Ticket Sales and Information Office at Buckingham Palace on +44 (0)20 7766 7322.
Opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.
• Castle Information +44 (0)20 7766 7304
• St. George’s Chapel recorded information message +44 (0)1753 865538
• Royal Windsor Information Centre +44 (0)1753 743900n this text to edit it.
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Travelling to and around Windsor is relatively easy using public transport. From London the Green line coach station, which is located behind the London Victoria Train Station will bring you to Windsor. There are various stops and boarding points on the journey including Hyde Park Corner, Kensington High Street and Olympia. Visit Rainbow Fares for more information.
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