Windsor Castle in the county of Berkshire in England is the Queen’s weekend residence. The castle has been in the limelight lately mainly due to this year’s Royal Wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex – HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
The castle, being the oldest and largest inhabited in the world, is also a famous tourist attraction and a must-see when you are in England in an easy day trip from London.
Ticket prices to the castle vary from £12.30 to £21.20 but is free for children below 5 years old. If you are travelling from London and you have the London Pass, getting to Windsor Castle is very easy and free! Train travel and entrance to the castle is both included in the pass and all you need to do is to show up!
From London Paddington, board the train to Slough and change train in Slough toward Windsor and Eton Central. As the train travel is covered by the London Pass, there is no need to use Oyster Card or to buy a train ticket. Simply show your pass to the ticket controller to go through the ticket barrier. The castle is a stone’s throw away from Windsor and Eton Central train station.
I visited the castle during the Christmas holidays, and so it was busy as expected. Although I was not expecting that people will still queue early despite the rain and cold weather. I still managed to take my time having coffee at the train station thinking there would not be much people, but I was very wrong.
The queue is this long (see photo) at 9:30 on a rainy morning, and security was very tight, so better factor in waiting times when you schedule your visit. Also, be ready to walk as the castle grounds is very spacious. An audio guide will be provided so you can not only take photos but also learn about the history and details of the castle. Taking photos is prohibited in some areas, though.
Windsor Castle Highlights
Each of the room here is bigger than my whole house! This is the first time that I saw the interior of a palace and I am very much in awe! Everything is just so gold and red and glittery and look very expensive. I always wonder how the royalties can live in big houses where each area is at least a few meters away. Sometimes I even get lazy going to my bathroom which is just a few steps away!
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
The details in the doll houses inside the Dolls’ House (lol!) are unbelievable! Albeit small, they are truly captivating, and you can see the artists’ effort.
St. George’s Chapel
This is the currently trending chapel, being the venue of the recent royal wedding. I find that the interior looks better (for me at least!) than the Westminster Abbey. I also find that the chapel exterior looks grander than the castle itself.
The castle tour is totally doable on a half day trip. There are a lot of things to do outside the castle as well, so, if you have time you can look around and shop, eat or visit other sites in the area.
After my visit, I still had time to go to the Natural History Museum and V&A museums in London. For more information about the visiting the Windsor Castle, you may check out their website.
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