Did this a couple of years ago on a weekday. Enjoyed the tour but, as you say, expensive. We went t a Thai rstaurant by the maun gate…..much less expensive!!
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“Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle’s dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people.”
There is plenty of parking in Windsor if you come by car (although it’s not particularly cheap), and most car parks are only a short walk away from the castle. Both railway stations are end of line stations, meaning it’s not the easiest place to get to by rail unless you go via central London.
I was fortunate to have had free entry on the day we visited, otherwise it would have been a very expensive day out (probably too expensive, considering the number of us in the party and bearing in mind that much of the castle is out of bounds and certain areas are closed down on certain days – with the entry fee not reflecting this).
The areas of the castle you are allowed to view are incredible, especially considering most of it has had to be rebuilt. The rebuild is unbelievable and you really cannot tell what area was damaged and what area was not. The dolls house is magnificent, so much detail, a marvel of British craftsmanship. The interior royal apartments and grand halls take your breath away. The State apartments are undoubtedly as equally impressive for foreign dignitaries as they are for the tourist.
We visited on a Sunday so were unable to visit the Chapel, which was a disappointment as the interior is apparently very impressive.
The place is very expensive, but if you time it right you will be able to see the whole castle, including the chapel and still manage the time to watch the changing of the guard.
The food in the cafe was delicious but unrealistically expensive!
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John Green, 19 March 2012:
Windsor Castle is a great place to visit. The acessible areas include the state apartments and the some of the sections which have been impressively restored after the fire in 1992. It is wonderful to get a chance to walk around a castle which covers 900 years of British history. The entrance fee also includes St George's Chapel which is a fine piece of Gothic architecture and the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter and also contains the tombs of Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, Charles I and others.
Pictures are not allowed in many of the interior sections of the castle, pictures which is a shame, but overall it is a great place to visit for old and young alike. The changing of the guard is a fine piece of British military spectacle. If you want to see this please check the timing, it is usually 11:00 from April to July, but the timing and location may vary.
Tickets are relatively expensive with the current cost £16.50 for adults (student and Senior Citizens £15) but this does include an audio guide which was very good and standard tickets can be converted into a 1-year pass which is useable on most dates except Bank Holidays. I’d strongly recommend going early, the queue to get in gets very long!
As a history buff I set aside the entry fee and decided to just enjoy Windsor Castle.
It is, quite simply, massive in size and scope with so many artifacts to view. Too many for me to take in with one visit.
Certain things would catch my eye and off I would go in one direction, not realizing that I had left another area totally behind.
I would recommend a visit for anyone curious about or studying the Monarchy, grand castles, history and anything related to these subjects.
The grandeur is almost beyond description.
An awe inspiring occasion in every sense of the word.The entrance fee is more than justified bearing in mind that this is the working home of the British monarch. No other buiding in the world attracts such interest excepting Buckingham Palace.Don't be fooled if you are a republican .... This is a fact! Enjoy the occasion and relish the history of such a marvelous building!
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I have to say I loved Windsor Castle but then again I am a historical nut.
For the occasional visitor on holiday i’d probably have given this 3 stars. It is very pricey at £15 for Adults.
My stay lasted 3 1/2 hours but I think for those less interested you can be in and out in the space of an hour. The state rooms are jawdropping and I spent most of my time there - I was dissapointed that the round tower is totally unaccesable.
Unlike others here, if you are truly interested in history it is great. Especially if you have the time to stop in each room rather than being in a hurry to see everything immediately.
Windsor Castle is a very interesting place as it consist of past and present. There are a lot of history in the castle.
I would recommend the guided tours to those who do not have much knowledge of the United Kingdom both the past and the present.
However, some parts of the castle would be closed on different date. If you want to look at all the places in Windsor Castle, it is better to call them before you go there.
Windsor Castle is beautiful. It is in a really pretty location. This is the Queen’s home from time to time. A definite tourist attraction anytime of the year!
There are quaint shops surrounding it….. part of the River Thames. You can walk along here to Eten College too.
Inside the castle only charges £12 I think and you can see all the history and paintings, armour and furniture and wonderful views of the grounds from various windows.
The grounds are large. Largeer than you imagine when you first look at the castle.
It is one of Britain’s most famous landmarks.
There are a couple of carparks located nearby. All within walking distance. However there are lots of cobbled streets, so bumpy for wheelchairs and buggies etc.
A must see especially if you are touring. Or of you have never got around to it and you live here.
The Windsor castle is an interesting landmark, and definitely, one of the more renown castles in the world.
If you are visiting the Windsor castle from London, remember to buy a package ticket (from the train station in London, this would include both admissions and also the train fare). This helps to cut the fairly high cost of visiting the Windsor castle - find it hard to justify that price tag.
In the castle, there are several state rooms and you also have the royal art collection on display. What is even more interesting is the large set of miniatures, and surprisingly doll houses which are shown - totally caught me by surprise to see these items.
Mind you, given the price, I still expected a bit more.
While the price is indeed quite high, if you are smart you read the part of the leaflet that says you get free returns for a year. Fill the leaflet out and get it stamped, and that’s you set. Having said that, I’m still not sure it is worth nearly £15 for the short tour of the State Rooms and St George’s Chapel--that’s more than you’d pay at most historical places and you get to see less of the property. Okay, so obviously the Queen deserves some privacy, but adjust the prices accordingly, okay?
St George’s Chapel was my favourite part of the day, just so incredibly steeped in history and beauty. Everywhere you look you can see examples of breathtaking artistry, down to the tiniest of carvings. My personal favourite was a life-size marble statue of Princess Charlotte, who died in childbirth, accompanied by angels and her unborn son. I stood before it fighting back tears, for far too long for the other visitor’s liking, I’m sure, but it was just so heartbreaking and beautiful that I wanted to take it all in properly. The list of kings and queens buried at this site is incredible, and only when thinking the list over did I absorb the age and history of this place. Even those who are not religious cannot deny the sense of peace and tranquility within the walls of St George’s Chapel.
Visiting Windsor Castle represents a fantastic day out for all the family. I went recently with a group of boys and girls (aged 8-10) and my 3 year old daughter and they all loved looking round the state apartments and watching the changing of the guard. We were priviliedged to be able to visit the great kitchen and the entrance hall where guests are welcomed in when attending banquets (not generally open to the public). The armour was truly breathtaking and it was amazing to see how the kitchen had been restored after the fire. The gift shops were a little pricey but you would expect that and the kids all came away with some to remind them of their trip (some even caught a glimpse of the Queen!)
If your bored and looking for somewhere to go on those boring holidays, give Windsor Castle a go. I visited last summer and i wasen’t dissappointed. I made a day of it and started off with the castle. The entrance fee is a little high but you will take many memories home, The stately appartments are amazing and the Dolls House was awsome and astounding. You are inundated with paintings and portraits and furniture that will make you wanna touch it (but dont).
With the guided tour you will also get to see St George’s Chappel home to so many Royal tombs. An amazing site, yet to be repeated anywhere ive visited. Lovely dayout.
This castle is absolutely fantastic. When I went the Queen and French President were in residence having a state banquet.
The changing of the guard ceremony is outstanding. You can get so close to the guards it is unreal.
In the chapel you can see the vaults were past Kings and Queens are buried. You also have the opportunity to view parts of the interior of the castle. The wealth is so evident with all the interior decor.
There are no refreshments available inside the grounds. I don’t know why.I had to leave my family inside whilst I went back outside to get some drinks and food.
I was brought up in Windsor, so it was part of the backdrop but it’s incredibly impressive, nonetheless! St George’s Chapel is breath-taking and it’s worth finding out when the services are, if you wish to participate. After all, that is the reason for it being there.
My personal favourite is the Queen’s Dollshouse. (When I lived here, you could just walk into the castle but then there was the fire and now you need to pay quite a lot to walk in but you had to pay for the ticket for The Dolls’ House.) The dolls house is incredible. all the furniture and food etc. was made by the greatest British businesses of the time but, of course, in miniature. I don’t think anyone ever played with it that much but I could stand for ages cooing at all the beautiful, perfect and tiny objects in it - and I have!
Not somewhere to visit on a Bank Holiday with children, because of the queues and the disturbing number of opportunities for your kids to leap the barrier and jump on a 17th century four poster bed. In terms of quality and understatement, though, this is a must with a phenomenal collection of paintings and some real context for otherwise obscure Royal customs such as the ‘Order of the Garter’. If you can shut out the modern world around you and put yourself back in time, you get a real feel for the role of the Castle in Britain’s social history. Then, when you work out that the whole place was stone-clad in the 18th century, you realise that deep down the Royal Family are pleb(eian)s just like the rest of us.
It is the largest inhabited castle in the world. The last time I was there, I had the pleasure of knowing that Queen Elizabeth was spending her weekend there. The guided tour were very vivid and interesting but most unforgettable is the state apartments which were decorated lavishly. The experience was amazing.
Yes it was a steep entrance fee, and queues are generally expected but for the lovely day we spent in and around the Windsor Castle, it was worth it. Go big or go home I always say. It’s a great day trip out of London and with good weather and a bunch of eager friends well worth the cost. There’s a lot to see and although we spent most of the day here, we didn’t get to try out the fun-looking peddle boats on the river or Eton college down the road. So we’ll be back, and would recommend this lovely spot for a trip out of London. But as you’ll read above, not to be tackled on a bank holiday weekend.
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