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Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

1. Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been remodeled by a succession of kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II, and George IV. Today the Queen spends most of her private weekends at Windsor Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial occasions. Your ticket provides admission to the Castle, including the magnificent State Apartments, which are furnished with some of the finest treasures from the royal collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens, and Van Dyck, as well as fine English and French furniture. During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, known as the Semi-State Rooms, are added to the visitor route. Your admission also includes access to St. George's Chapel. This is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England, and is the final resting place for 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I. There is a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle, so please allow enough time to make the most of your visit, which is likely to last between 2.5 and 3 hours. The Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances, so comfortable shoes are advised.

London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

2. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this day trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions (if option selected). Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction (if option selected). Continue to the university city of Oxford, known as "The City of Dreaming Spires." A seat of learning since 1249, it's an idyllic location to explore on a fascinating walking tour.

From London: Half-Day Trip to Windsor with Castle Tickets

3. From London: Half-Day Trip to Windsor with Castle Tickets

Depart London and journey west on a bus tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy a morning visit to Windsor and return to London in time to spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. Relax on board the bus as it makes its way to the historic town of Windsor. On arrival, enter Windsor Castle and discover an official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at your own pace. Learn about the history of the castle and working palace, from its 11th-century origins following the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Stroll the beautiful grounds and view the castle's imposing architecture from the outside. Return to London in the early afternoon, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day to get on with your own plans. 

From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

4. From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford from London. Take the scenic route through the lush English countryside in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. The first stop on this tour is Windsor Castle. With its sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it is easy to see why the castle is the Queen’s favorite weekend residence. Enjoy a fascinating through-the-keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. You can also visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel - the final resting place of the monarchs of old, including Henry VIII. The tour then moves on to spectacular Stonehenge. You will never forget your first glimpse of the monolithic rock formation rising up against the skyline of the Salisbury Plain. Theories abound as to Stonehenge’s mysterious origin. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore this unique landmark. Your final stop of the day is the charming university town of Oxford. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with free leisure time. Stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. The tour will finish at approximately 07:15 PM in London.

London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

5. London: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour is a must-do excursion for all visitors to London. Get to see the famous Windsor Castle, the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge, and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Transport by coach and guided tours at all locations are included. Start at Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for 900 years. It is still an Official Residence of the Queen. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, still used for state occasions and Royal receptions. Explore the castle grounds and the 14th-Century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Continue through the Wiltshire countryside to Stonehenge. Shrouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England. Head west to Bath, a beautiful Georgian city with handsome honey-colored architecture and the famous Roman baths. Enjoy a panoramic tour of some of Europe’s finest architectural sights, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms, and Pulteney Bridge. Choose the option to explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

6. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

7. London: Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, and Roman Baths Day Trip

Explore several top highlights around London on this bus day trip from London. Experience the elegance of Windsor Castle, unlock the mysteries of Stonehenge, and admire the Georgian architecture in the city of Bath. Visit a well-preserved Roman Bathhouse. Windsor Castle Fans of the Royal family will be in their element. Steeped in history, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through-the-keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Enjoy the spectacular State Apartments at your leisure and marvel at its lavishly furnished surroundings. Used for State occasions to this day, be a part of where these regal traditions take place whilst admiring world-renowned artworks. Visit St. George’s chapel, where the tombs of numerous kings and queens reside, notably Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and be amazed by the magnitude and intricate design of the world’s most famous Dolls’ House. Mysterious Stonehenge Wander around the world heritage site and be captivated by the unique rock formation. Situated on Salisbury Plain, 40-ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. An abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground. Decide for yourself whilst discovering the history of this mysterious monument. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the gorgeous 15th-century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, and the romantic Pulteney Bridge. Roman Baths Famed for its Roman Baths, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Miraculously hidden from view until the 1870s, delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architectural splendor.  Arrival time back in London is at approximately 07:45 PM.

Windsor: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

8. Windsor: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hop on board our sightseeing tour to discover the history and heritage of Windsor & Eton. Home to Windsor Castle, one of the Royal family’s residences and situated on a beautiful part of the River Thames, enjoy spectacular views from the top-deck of an open-top buses. Hop-off to discover the village of Eton, home to one of the most prestigious private schools in the country (where both Princes William and Harry went to school) and a quaint country village. Take advantage of unlimited Hop-on Hop-off access to our bus tour route to explore Windsor, see the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle and visit the Guildhall and the Windsor Parish Church. Why not Hop-off the bus and walk in the footsteps of history. The views of Windsor Castle from the Long Walk are iconic and you may even spot some of the resident deer!  Just across the Windsor Bridge, explore the village of Eton, visit the famous Eton College, and enjoy the spectacular views of Windsor & the castle across the river.

From London: Windsor Castle Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

9. From London: Windsor Castle Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Take a fascinating trip through centuries of royal history on a half-day afternoon tour of Windsor Castle, with round-trip transfers from central London. Although unescorted, the provided audio guides contain a wealth of information and are available in 8 different languages. Located on the banks of the River Thames in royal Berkshire, the castle is steeped in history, dating back to the 11th century and the days following the Norman invasion. As you explore at your own pace, discover the sweep of Windsor Castle’s landscaped gardens and the imposing turrets of the Round Tower built by Henry II. See priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo Da Vinci in the lavish state apartments and visit St. George’s Chapel, the atmospheric last resting place of former monarchs, such as Henry VIII. You can also see the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, an incredible structure complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature.

From London: Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip

10. From London: Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip

Depart early in the morning from central London and make your way to Stonehenge for a private tour of the ancient site. Most regular visitors to Stonehenge are not allowed direct access to the stones. Enter the stone circle itself, and stand beside the magnificent stones towering above you. Enjoy the peace and quiet, away from the crowds, as you experience Stonehenge at its atmospheric best. Following the visit to Stonehenge, make your way to the beautiful town of Windsor, where you will enjoy a walking tour. Admire the beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture as well as Queen Charlotte Street, the shortest street in Britain.  See Windsor Castle, home to British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Linked by the beautiful River Thames, this Royal Borough boasts a rich mix of history, culture, and heritage making it a must-see for any visit to Britain.

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What people are saying about Windsor Castle

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A twelve hour day was tiring but we knew we had to travel long distances in order to see the three sights involved. Our bus driver, Amish(?) was amazing and so helpful when we had the added difficulty of the tube strike. Our guide Zozo was extremely knowledgeable and had an infectious enthusiasm. He met us outside the cathedral in Bath and gave us bonus information as we waited for all to rebound the bus.

This was a full day, quick visits but we felt like we got a great overview. Excellent tour guide, too!

We enjoyed the tour so much. Our guide Richard was knowledgeable and attentive.

Great all around. Except we had to wait a while to get our bus jump started.

Godfrey and Carina were amazing . we had a great time