Dating back to William the Conqueror, its history-soaked walls have been a popular retreat for generations of British monarchs. On this afternoon tour from London you can enjoy its many splendors for yourself.
Admire the gilded glory of the opulent State Apartments with their priceless masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, and Van Dyck. See Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a truly incredible structure complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature!
Visit St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the final resting place of 10 former monarchs including Henry VIII. And stop to admire the Albert Memorial Chapel with its gorgeous marble panels and magnificent vaulted ceiling, a refurbishment carried out by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Prince Consort.
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early.
You will board a comfortable coach and set off for Windsor, which lies approximately 23 miles (37km) from central London. An English and Spanish-speaking guide will accompany you on the tour.
Windsor Castle is an Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is said to be her favorite week-end retreat. With a history stretching back nearly 1000 years, it is is the world’s largest continuously occupied castle. The original fortified structure was built for William the Conqueror around the year 1080 as part of the defences of London. The castle gradually became a popular Royal residence because of the good hunting in the nearby forest.
The Castle was improved and enlarged over the centuries to create the magnificent building we see today. Highlights include: the State Apartments, St George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls House.
State Apartments: These magnificent rooms are lavishly decorated and furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Look out for the wonderful paintings in the King’s Dressing Room, including a Rubens self-portrait, Van Dyck's famous triple portrait of Charles I, and ‘The Artist's Mother’, by Rembrandt. There are also many smaller items of interest. For example, a display cabinet in the Grand Vestibule contains the bullet that killed Admiral Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
St George's Chapel: Founded in the 13th century and extended over the centuries, St George’s Chapel is a glorious Gothic building (on a par with Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey) and the burial place of 10 monarchs. Adjacent is the Albert Memorial Chapel with its exquisite marble panels, commissioned by Queen Victoria in commemoration of her beloved husband Albert. A key feature of the refurbishment was the magnificent vaulted roof, including gold mosaic pieces specially crafted in Venice. Queen Mary's Dolls House This exquisite Dolls' House was designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924. Many of the miniature contents were made by the manufacturers of the full size article. Even the bottles in the wine cellar contain genuine vintage wine!
Tour ends at the starting point.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.
From April to September tour is available in Spanish on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (English is spoken on all tours).
Please bring some form of photo ID such as a passport or driving licence with you.
Windsor Castle is a working royal palace and planned closures/disruptions may be subject to change. On some days the State Apartments may be closed but it will still be possible to visit the Castle and Gardens.
Photography inside Windsor Castle may be prohibited.
Emergency contact number for the tour operator: +44 (0) 20 7233 7030.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
People in wheelchairs must be able to get on and off the coach and should have someone to accompany them if they require assistance. The wheelchair should be foldable.
The maximum number of people on this tour is 50; the minimum number is one.Children aged 3 to 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.