If you want to explore how Royals live, Windsor castle is one of the best place to visit around London.
Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, Founded by William the conqueror in the 11th Century, Spread across 13 hectares, it is located 23 miles away from Heathrow airport and is one of the most popular historical destinations around London.
Home of 39 monarchs for almost 1000 years, it’s an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, who spends most of her private weekends here.
Getting There: Trains leave approx. every half hour from Paddington Station in London to Windsor & Eton Central Station. Round-trip fare is approx. £10. There are many tour who run single day bus tour from London to – Windsor, Stonehenge & Roman Bath.
Admission Fee for the castle is: £20 when the State Apartments are open. £10 when they are closed.
Plan your visit: As the Queen still spend time at Windsor, it’s not always fully open to the public. So you must plan your visit after checking the official website to ensure that the castle will be open for visitors on the day you want to arrive.
Official Website Link
Also plan it in a way so you have sufficient time as it takes around 3 hours to fully explore the castle.
What to see and do:
The castle has 3 wards –
The Upper Ward of Windsor Castle comprises a number of major buildings forming a central quadrangle. The state apartments were the most gorgeous part of the tour. It consist of several Royal rooms – White, Green and Crimson Drawing Rooms, The Queen’s Presence Chamber, the Queen’s Audience Chamber, Ball room and a huge King’s Dining Room. Imagine vibrant colors and gold detailing, antiques and intricate wall carvings. A perfect experience of royalty & luxury.
It also host the Queen Mary’s doll house- A masterpiece in miniature. Its the largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world. The house is filled with thousands of objects made by leading artists, designers and craftsmen, nearly all on the tiny scale of 1:12.
The middle Ward – comprises of beautiful motte garden and the Round Tower. A bailey formed around the motte or artificial hill in the centre of the ward. The motte is 50 feet high and is made from chalk originally.
The lower ward consist of the St. George chapel. The Chapel is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in England. It’s built in Gothic architecture and 10 monarchs are buried here. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter. The chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays, & Monday – Saturday it closes at 16:15 (last entry 16:00)
Lower ward is also the hosting place of the colorful & famous Change of Guard ceremony which usually takes place at 11:00 Mondays to Saturdays from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. There is no Changing the Guard on Sundays. During the 45-minute of this colorful spectacle, the handover of duties will take place, including the changeover of sentries.
The Exit from the castle is from King Henry the 8th Gate which will take you straight to the Windsor Royal Shopping Center. Do not miss to check out the souvenir shops here, as they form a great memory of the glorious history, the royal experience and her majesty the queen.
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