A Visit to Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel

A Visit to Windsor Castle - The Keep
One of The Queen’s favourite homes, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Begun in 1066, it has evolved into a beautiful fortress over the centuries. A visit to Windsor Castle is an adventure for both adults and kids alike.

It’s also the home of St George’s Chapel, the location of HRH Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.

A Visit to Windsor Castle

Places to See During A Visit to Windsor Castle

The Castle Precincts

The grounds of the castle are beautiful with waterfalls, gardens and ancient trees. During a visit to Windsor Castle, you can take a tour of the “precincts” with one of the Yeoman Warders and hear the history and secrets of this magical place. Plots, intrigues and love-struck prisoners all figure in the tales they have to tell.

A Visit to Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

You can tour the State Rooms at Windsor Castle. It’s hard not to be blown away by the lush red-carpeted stairs, beautiful woodcarving and high ceilings of the castle’s entryway but the best really is yet to come. Windsor Castle is grand in the truest sense of the word with massive rooms, high ornate ceilings, priceless artworks and gorgeous crystal chandeliers. Having said that, some of the rooms are surprisingly cozy as well.

One of my favourite rooms is the small dressing room that Charles 2 preferred to sleep in instead of his bedroom because it was warmer – and perhaps also because of the secret door carved into the wall that allowed him to slip downstairs to the rooms where his mistresses slept.

There was a serious fire at Windsor Castle in November 1992, however all has now been beautifully restored. St George’s Hall has been rebuilt in oak and looks much as it must have done when it was first constructed in the 1360’s. Looked over by a massive statue of the King’s Champion at the far end, the ceiling is decorated with the crests of every Knight of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry in the world. State Banquets are often held here, the table set for up to 160 guests.

Changing the Guard

Although on a smaller scale to The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, this is still an extremely impressive sight. As it takes place within the Castle precincts, you do need to purchase a ticket to the castle in order to see this spectacle. Changing the Guard takes place at 11.00am Monday to Saturday from April until the end of July and on alternate days throughout the rest of the year. There is no Changing the Guard on Sundays.

Queen Mary’s Doll House

I love Queen Mary’s Doll House! It was built in the 1920’s and is a perfect replica of an aristocratic home in miniature. It really is magical, with miniature furniture and paintings by the leading artists of the day, a library full of doll sized books and a garden designed by horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll. This incredible structure even boasts electricity, hot and cold running water, working elevators and flushing toilets!

A Visit to Windsor Castle - St George's Chapel

St George’s Chapel

No visit to Windsor Castle is complete without a stop at St George’s Chapel. One of my favourite Royal chapels, this welcoming church is still an active center for worship with daily services at 5pm open to all. There are also services on Sunday. The chapel is closed to sightseers on Sundays, but open to worshippers.

St George’s chapel has gorgeous carvings, altars and stained glass windows. Don’t forget to look up! The stone ceiling is quite amazing. Henry VIII is buried here, as are many of the monarchs of the last several hundred years. HM The Queen’s parents and her sister are also laid to rest in a small, peaceful chapel at St George’s.

I can definitely understand why HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen St George’s Chapel as the venue for their wedding. The whole place has a wonderful feel to it, and I always feel a real sense of peace when I visit. It’s also said to be one of the HM The Queen’s favourite places of worship.

Tips to Make a Visit to Windsor Castle Extra Special

A visit to Windsor Castle will take between 2½  to 3 hours, although you may wish to stay longer so allow plenty of time.

Although Windsor is often listed as part of London tourist attractions, Windsor is actually a town outside the capital. Trains to Windsor go from London’s Paddington and Waterloo stations. The journey takes about a half hour from Paddington and about an hour from Waterloo. The 25 mile journey takes about an hour and fifteen minutes by car (longer by bus), but journey times often increase due to heavy traffic. Also parking in Windsor is limited and expensive, so if you are travelling from London I recommend going by train.

Opening times and admission prices for Windsor Castle vary. Please click here for essential information about booking your visit and be sure to book in advance to avoid the queues.

Ask about the free kid-friendly audio tour and activity trail.

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Article by April Harris

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  1. Gah, it does sound like the room was warmer, in more ways than one (eureka!). That is a very impressive castle, no doubt about it!

  2. Lisa Jones says:

    Looks Like A Amazing Place To Visit I Would Love To Go With The Hubby. The Church Is Just Breathe Taking, Thank You For The Tips & Great Information On The Castle!!

  3. Wonderful photos! You’ve done a very nice overview of what there is to see and tips to keep in mind, like the traffic!! 🙂

  4. It’s been a few years since I’ve been there, but definitely is a must see!

  5. That would definitely make an awesome tour for my family. I love your photos of the castle…real intriguing for the ones of us who have never been.

  6. What a lovely visit you must have had! England is on our trip bucket list and this will definitely be a stop we’ll be sure to make. Thanks for all the wonderful tips, bookmarking!

  7. I used to enjoy wandering around Windsor but never actually went into the castle. It’s bigger than I imagined!

  8. A a fabulous opportunity to tour the castle and St. Georges chapel a perfect setting for a fairy tale wedding, Im sure the pictures will be amazing.
    Thank you April for sharing your tour!
    Wishing you a wonderful week. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New year!!!

  9. April, thanks for the tour. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House was one of my favourite things at the castle. I can’t find it’s dimensions anywhere, but I seem to recall it was about 5 feet tall.

    • It’s a pleasure, Jean. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House really is amazing. I believe it is at least 5 feet tall. I was so taken with all the detail, including the indoor plumbing!


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