Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.
It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence. There are many things to see and do including the State Rooms, Queen Mary's Dolls' House, St Georges Chapel and more. The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the Kings and Queens who have lived at Windsor.
During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, the Semi-State Rooms, are added to the visitor route. Queen Mary's Dolls' House, is the largest and most famous dolls' house in the world. Built for Queen Mary by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1921 and 1924, this most magical of residences is a perfect replica in miniature of an aristocratic home.
Admission also includes St George's Chapel, set within the Castle Precincts, this is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. Ten monarchs are buried here, including Henry VIII and Charles I. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III.
Windsor Castle is open throughout the year, except on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day other closures are listed on our website http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit .
As a working Royal palace, the Castle is used The Queen for State ceremonies and opening arrangements may change at short notice.