Windsor Castle Half Day Tour from London
- Wander into her majesty's favorite weekend residence with an audio guide on this unescorted 2-hour tour.
- Explore the lavish State Apartments and marvel at the impressive artwork by celebrated painters Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci!
- You will also get to wander around the traditional St Georgeâs Chapel, the resting place for many past monarchs, including Henry VIII and his favorite wife Jane Seymour, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Discover the past with a half day Windsor Castle tour
Windsor Castle is a royal residence on the outskirts of London. The castle is well known for its magnificent architecture and affiliation with the British royal family. Built in the 11th century, the castle and its majestic appearance draw over a million visitors every year. Join them and learn more about its rich history on a Windsor Castle tour.
Hop aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach from the city centre and take an hour’s journey to Windsor Castle. When you arrive, explore the castle and visit the many parts of this famous attraction. Multilingual audio guides are available, helping you make the most of your Windsor Castle tour.
Explore the world’s oldest occupied castle
Windsor Castle was home to 39 monarchs over almost one thousand years, but the original wooden castle was not a royal residence. Constructed by William the Conqueror, the castle was initially used as a defensive base. King Henry I was the first monarch to reside at Windsor. Henry II, who inherited the throne in 1154, made significant changes to the castle during his reign. However, Edward III left the biggest impression on the castle in the 14th century, making it his court and the seat of the newly established Order of the Garter. Further modifications made throughout the centuries helped create the splendid structure we see today.
Edward VI disliked Windsor, but his half-sister, Elizabeth I, loved spending time there. A specialist in art, Charles I paid more attention to the castle’s aesthetics than his predecessors. During the Second World War, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth remained in Buckingham Palace but joined their children – Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret – at Windsor whenever possible. Today, Windsor Castle is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
Magnificent staterooms and scenic grounds
Take in the splendour of the State Apartments during your tour, decorated with masterpieces by renowned painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. The art historian Hugh Roberts described the staterooms as “a superb and unrivalled sequence of rooms widely regarded as the finest and most complete expression of later Georgian taste.”
Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding Windsor Castle’s turreted Round Tower and stroll along the Long Walk – a picturesque 4km path lined with trees. Visit St George’s Chapel – the final resting place of Henry VIII, the Queen Mother and Mary of Teck. You can also check out the Moat Room, featuring three bronze models of the Castle, and learn about the castle’s past.
The Windsor Castle tour offers more than just fantastic sights. Take the tour to discover its royal history and learn its fascinating stories.
- Entry to Windsor Castle State Apartments.
- Transport to the Windsor Castle and back to Gloucester Road in London.
- Free Wi-Fi on board the coach.
- Visit to St Georgeâs Chapel.
- Multilingual audio guide.
- Hotel transfers.
Know Before You Go
Until March 31st, 2019 this tour runs on Wednesday and Sunday. Check-in time if departing from Victoria is 11:30 AM and check-in time if departing from the Kensington Office is 11:45 AM with your return scheduled for approximately 4:30 PM.
- 4 October 2018: (last admission 3:00 PM, last entry to the State Apartments 3:30 PM, closes 4:00 PM).
- 11, 12 October 2018: Castle completely closed.
- 2 November 2018: State Apartments will be closed.
- 25 – 26 December 2018: Castle completely closed.
Multilingual audio guides are provided at Windsor Castle in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.
Reduced Price Tickets
Child tickets (children below 16 years of age) are available at a reduced price.
Children below the age of 3 are granted free entry.
Ensure you are carrying a valid ID of the members in your group if you select any reduced price tickets during checkout.
You will meet your host at the Golden Tours Visitors Centre (at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH), where you will board a coach to the Windsor Castle.
By Bus: Get off at the Eccleston Bridge (Stop T). The meeting point is a 1-minute walk from the stop.
By Metro: Get off at the Victoria station. The meeting point is a 6-minute walk from the stop.
There is a secure cloakroom in the China Museum at the entrance to the State Apartments for the storage of large items of baggage. However, we would advice you against carrying large bags as the Admission Centre to the Cloakroom takes about 10 minutes and is an uphill walk.
While photographs can be taken outside the Castle buildings, it is not permitted inside St George’s Chapel and the State Apartments.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
You will receive an email with your Windsor Castle Half Day Tour from London mobile vouchers shortly. You may display this on your mobile device at the meeting point along with a valid photo ID.