Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Over the past 900 years, it has served as a defensive fortress, a royal palace and the official residence of 39 reigning monarchs.
Join a free 30-minute tour of the Castle Grounds to hear an overview of the castle’s rich history and enjoy views of the surrounding countryside. Afterward, explore the graceful State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms with an audio guide. Visit the Grand Reception Room, arguably the most impressive with its dazzling chandeliers and gold-covered walls.
There’s always something special happening at Windsor Castle. Time your visit to see Changing the Guard, a ceremonial handover of duty between the two groups of Royal Guards, or visit A Royal Wedding: The Duch and Duchess of Sussex to relive the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Windsor Castle is located 35 kilometers from London, with regular trains running from London Paddington and Waterloo stations to Windsor and Eton Central. The fastest route for drivers is on the M4, although parking is not available within the castle grounds.