The world’s largest inhabited castle and a favourite residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle in Berkshire is one of the United Kingdom’s top royal tourist attractions. Built following William the Conqueror’s invasion of 1066, the Castle has been occupied by a long reign of monarchs ever since. It is a marvel of architecture, being one of the country’s prime examples of the Perpendicular Gothic style and suffered a large-scale fire in 1992 which cost £37 million to repair. Used regularly for ceremonial occasions and very much a working castle, Windsor houses much of the Royal Collection of Art. Not only can you enjoy works by Rubens and Rembrandt, you can experience the largest dolls house in the world - that built by Sir Edward Lutyens for Queen Mary.
Windsor Castle is located around 22 miles from London in the town of Windsor, Berkshire. You can get there by train either Windsor & Eton Central or Windsor & Eton Riverside from either London Waterloo or Paddington. Alternatively, you can drive up the M4 and take exit 6 - please note that there is no parking at the castle and so you should park in one of the town centre car parks. The castle is open from 9.30 until 17.30 from March to October and from 9.45 until 16.15 for the rest of the year. It is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The general admission price is £20 per adult and £11.70 per child.
The Castle hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, including ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’, a special exhibition celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.
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If you’re visiting Windsor Castle, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, including: a visit to top boys’ school and educational establishment of 19 Prime Minsters, Eton College; have a stroll through some of the 4,800-acre Windsor Great Park; or treat the kids to a day of fun and thrills at Legoland Windsor Resort. For evening entertainment, check out what’s playing at the Theatre Royal.
If you’d like to know more about Windsor Castle, please contact the venue directly or visit the official website. You’ll be able to find out information about: opening and closing times, the temporary exhibitions at the castle, its history and a full list of what you can see and do there.
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