Windsor Castle Tickets Tickets and Dates

More Information about Windsor Castle Tickets

Please Note:
  • Face coverings are no longer mandatory in Windsor Castle, however they are encouraged.
  • All visitors over the age of 16 must download the NHS COVID-19 app before your visit. You are required to scan the NHS QR code on entry, or provide your name and contact details on arrival. This info will be kept securely for 21 days and will be provided to the NHS if requested.
  • You must ensure that you have a printed copy of your tickets for entry.
  • As a working royal palace, the Castle is used frequently by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining, and closures can occasionally occur at short notice.
  • Some elements of the castle may be closed in accordance with government guidelines. 
  • Under 5's go free
Venue Information:
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
Nearest Train Station: Windsor and Eton Central or Windsor and Eton Riverside

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Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and its magnificent State Rooms and works of art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens. In 1992 a devastating fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1997, is a testament to the skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.

HM The Queen and her family spend most of their private weekends at Windsor Castle. The Queen is also officially in residence throughout April and June, when the annual Garter Service is held in St George's Chapel. 

Upon arrival at Windsor Castle, audio guides are available in different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.

The State Apartments
, the heart of the working palace, are regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions. They are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. During the winter months the Semi-State Rooms, among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle are added to the visitor route.

St. George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in England. It has been the setting for many royal weddings and is the burial place of ten sovereigns. The Chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of the Order of the Garter. Britain's highest Order of Chivalry.

The Changing of the Guard takes place at 11:00am, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday between April and the end of June, and on alternate days for the rest of the year, with the exception of Sundays.

The Castle is open to visitors, including when The Queen is in residence, except for 25 and 26 December. As the Castle is a working royal palace opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.

  • Visit the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world
  • HM The Queen and her family spend most of their private weekends
  • Multimedia guides in Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.


Opening times

1 March - 31 October : 10:00 - 17:15 Last entry 16:00

1 November- 28 February: 10:00 - 16:15, Last entry 15:00

Entrance to the State Apartments closes 30 minutes after the last admission time.
  • Planned closures:
  • Easter 2022: 14-15 April Castle closed.
  • 17 April open from 13:00.
  • 24 April Castle closed from 13:00.
  • 12-13 June Castle closed.
  • 24-26 December Castle closed.
Rooms closures
  • Semi-State Rooms closed from 13:30 on Thursday, 3 March. The Semi-State Rooms usually open from autumn-spring each year. The Semi-State Rooms are not open on days when the State Apartments are closed.
  • Waterloo Chamber closed Monday 14th February - Friday 8th April.
St George's Chapel
  • St George’s Chapel is open for visitors on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 16:15 (last entry 16:00). More details are available on the Chapel website.