Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard is one of the highlights of a visit to Windsor.
A band usually accompanies the Guards, although this is subject to weather conditions.
The Guards can be watched as they march up the High Street and into the Castle, but to see the actual ‘changing’ ceremony you need to have paid to go into the Castle.
The Ceremony takes place outside the Guardroom in the Lower Ward of the Castle, except during Easter Court.
To watch the Guards march up the High Street takes only 10 minutes; to watch the actual ceremony inside the Castle takes about 30 minutes.
Guard March Schedule
The Guard March takes place all year round, dependant on the weather, but never on a Sunday.
December 2017: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 22 December then on 27, 29 and 31 December.
January 2018: guard mounting will take place, weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The schedule is set by the British Army and is subject to change. Please check the Royal Collection’s website for latest information and for a link to the British Army website.
When to watch the Guard March
The New Guard step off from Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street at approximately 10:45am and march through the Town Centre.
The Changing the Guard Ceremony then takes place in the Lower Ward inside Windsor Castle at 11:00am. The sentries are changed throughout the day.
The old Guards then march back to the barracks at about 11:25am.