The Windsor Castle

Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest continuously occupied palace in Europe.

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Don’t forget to admire the 15th century St. George’s Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world. It has been an official residence of the English Royal Family for nearly 1,000 years, and the Queen stays here most weekends, and for a month during Easter. Even when she is not in residence, nearly 500 people live or work in the castle, a testament to its classic medieval combination of palace, fortress and small town. As an international symbol of British heritage, and one of the country’s most evocative and recognisable historic landmarks, Windsor Castle rarely fails to impress.

Military Beginnings

The castle was built by William the Conqueror shortly after his 1066 invasion, in an effort to consolidate his territorial gains and assert his rule over the land. Originally a simple motte and bailey construction, over the years its strategic proximity to the Thames led to several rounds of addition and reinforcement, notably by Henry II, King John and Edward III.

Onward and Upward

Visiting the castle today, the great walls loom above you from atop their 15m chalk outcrop. In the very centre of the motte stands the keep, the Round Tower, a colossal fortification in which the medieval garrison would once have been able to make their last stand. Around the tower are three “Wards”, or sections, which you can visit. Particularly impressive are the sumptuous state apartments in the Upper Ward. They were mostly designed by Jeffry Wyatville, who wanted each room to reflect a different school of design. The result is a kaleidoscope of opulence which both showcases the wealth of the generations of royals who have lived here, and also illustrates the changing styles of the times.

Nearby Attractions

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Kensington Palace
A major royal residence with beautiful rooms and gardens open to the public.
Eton College
An iconic British public school founded in the 15th century, alma mater to 19 former prime ministers.
St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
Built in the fourteenth century, St George's Chapel at Windsor has played host to numerous royal weddings and funerals and is one of England's most visited sites.
The State Apartments
Inside Windsor Castle are three wards of state apartments - the upper ward rivals the grand decor of Versailles.
Hampton Court Astronomical Clock
Built in the sixteenth century, the magnificent astronomical clock showcases not only the time of day, but also the position of the sun, the twelve astrological signs, and the phases of the moon.
Royal Berkshire
Travel back in time to a quintessentially English village, where you will become part of the early 19th century surroundings.

Related Tours

Royal Treasures & Palaces: Hampton Court & Windsor Castle
Enjoy an excursion to two of England's most notable places - Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle. 

  • Travel in a private car with your own personal guide.
  • Visit the Queen’s favourite weekend residence.
  • Inside Windsor Castle, take a turn about St George’s Chapel and the State Apartments.
  • Then travel to the stunning Hampton Court Palace.
  • Visit to the favourite residence of Henry VIII.
  • Inside see the astronomical clock and explore the maze.
  • With a flexible itinerary, this is ideal for lovers of British history.
The ultimate tour for convenience and comfort- explore and learn about British history travelling in a private car, accompanied by your own personal guide.

Once you arrive, you will visit Her Majesty’s favourite weekend residence, the beautiful Windsor Castle. Inside you will be able to walk through the exquisite State Apartments, which display artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, see inside St George’s Chapel – the final resting place of Henry VIII and Queen Mary, among others, and see the amazing Queen Mary’s Doll’s House.

Next, it’s on to Hampton Court, where lies the spectacular favourite residence of Henry VIII that was built in 1514. If you choose to purchase entry to the palace you’ll be able to explore the impressive maze, see the astronomical clock and visit Henry VIII’s tennis court.

With your personal guide providing insight along the way, after visiting both venues travel back to a drop-off point of your choosing in Central London.


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