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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle, BerkshireWindsor Castle, Berkshire

See treasures from the royal collections within one of the British monarchy’s main residences, built on the orders of William the Conqueror more than 1000 years ago and still an active home and event location for Queen Elizabeth II.

Best for: Ages 5 and up.

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What to Expect:

  • Educational
  • Family tickets
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Special events
  • Seasonal opening
  • Public transport
  • Pay on day

What to do

Take the free family audio-tour or ask for one of the free family activity trails to help you get to grips with the castle, suitable for 7-11 year olds. You can download them in advance from the website or pick them up at the Admission Centre.

Check out the themed trails and Saturday-morning interactive family guided tours, plus workshops and activities at weekends and in school holidays.

Don’t miss one of the world’s most famous dolls’ houses – Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, which two 1,500 tradesmen and artists more than three years to construct!

Visit the State Apartments, home to some of the worlds’ finest works of royal art, including some Rembrandts and Rubens, but note that buggies aren’t allowed.

See the impressive suit of armour that once belonged to King Henry VIII, then visit the chapel where 10 kings are buried.

Take advantage of the free re-entry bands to go and discover nearby Windsor Great Park, where the Queen sometimes rides and Prince Charles plays polo. Containing a deer park, woods, streams and ponds, it often hosts family events, such as treasure trails and horse-and-cart rides.

If visiting with babies and young children it is important to note that pushchairs are not permitted in certain parts of the Castle; you can check these in and get back when you finish the tour. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge (subject to availability).

Where to stay

For family-friendly hotels and other accommodation in the capital, see our London destination guide. If you want to stay nearby – Windsor is also handy for Legoland and Thorpe Park – the Holiday Inn Maidenhead has an indoor pool and kids’ pool, family rooms with Sony Playstations, kids’ toys and games to borrow and a Kids Eat Free policy.

A more upscale option is The Runnymede-on-Thames, with indoor and outdoor pools (including a kids’ splash centre), a tennis court, a spa, boat-hire, a children’s play area, a child-friendly restaurant, and family rooms.



The castle is closed on the 25th and 26th Dec, but otherwise generally open daily Mar–Oct 9.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4pm) and Nov–Feb 9.45am-4.15pm (last admission 3pm). A visit will last approximately 2-3 hours.

It’s crucial to check the website as parts of the castle may be closed when you plan to visit, or the Queen may be entertaining.


Trains to Windsor from London Waterloo or London Paddington take about half an hour. For those driving, Windsor is not far off the M4 and M3, although you will have to use public car parks around Windsor as the Castle has no parking facility.


You can only get bottled water and ice cream within the grounds, so you’ll need to head out into town to eat. You can leave the Castle for refreshments during the day, and use a re-entry pass that you can get from one of the Castle shops. Windsor Great Park’s visitor centre has a very good restaurant, or Browns Restaurant and Bar has an interesting kids’ menu.


Prices vary according to which parts of the castle and its grounds are accessible at the time of your visit, with a family ticket for up to five people ranging from about £27 to around £52. Under-5s go free. 

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