Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of The Queen and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years. The Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world’s most spectacular skylines. No other royal residence has played such an important role in the nation’s history.
Where is Windsor Castle?
The castle is located in central Windsor SL4 1NJ
The Castle opens at 9.45am daily throughout the year. From March to October admission continues until 4.00pm and the Castle closes at 5.15pm. From November to February, the castle still opens at 9.45am, admissions cease at 3.00pm and the Castle closes at 4.15pm. During the winter months the Semi-State Rooms are included in the visitor route. Standard admission charges apply.
The History of Windsor Castle
Windsor castle was built in the 11th century just after the Norman invasion of England by William the conqueror. Located next to the river Thames, it was originally built to protect the city from other Norman invasions. Since the reign of King Henry I, it is the longest occupied palace in Europe.
15th century St George’s Chapel is situated inside the castle walls. It has been described by historian John Martin Robinson as “one of the supreme achievements of Perpendicular Gothic design”.
During the First Baron’s War in the early 13th century the castle withstood its ground. Afterwards, a luxurious royal palace was built by King Henry III during the middle of the 13th century. King Edward III then went on to rebuild the palace to make an even grander set of buildings. This became the most expensive building projects of the Middle Ages in England. Edwards design lasted throughout the Tudor period. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I often used the castle as a centre for entertainment and a royal court.
Since then the castle was occupied by many other kings and queens throughout history. Today, Windsor Castle remains the most inhabited castle in the world with over 500 people living and working in it.
Windsor Castle Offers
Save up to 15% when you book our Windsor Castle Package! Includes a room at the Royal Adelaide with tickets to the castle ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Also includes dinner with a bottle of wine and breakfast the next morning!
Click the link below to book a room and search for the Windsor Castle package under ‘rates’.