The castle is one of the official homes of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II. Covering 13 acres, it is the largest inhabited castle in the world.
The castle is built on a high chalk ridge, close to what was originally
a vital transport link - the river Thames.
What to see
Windsor Castle's royal apartments are open every day. (Note that Her Majesty's private apartments are separate and of course never open to visitors.) The rooms are sumptiously decorated and contain many works of art (collected by Sovereigns over the last 4 centuries). There are many smaller items to see too. One item many visitors miss, in a display cabinet in the Grand Vestibule, is the bullet that killed Admiral Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Queen Mary's Dolls' House was designed by famous 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!
St George's Chapel is open daily except Sundays. It is the spiritual home of the Knights of the Order of the Garter. Ten sovereigns are buried here. Evensong is held in the chapel at 17:15 daily. Visitors are welcome.
When to go
During the summer a shorter route is in place through the Royal Apartments, due to visitor congestion. This means that more rooms can be seen during winter opening, from late September until around Easter.
The castle is open almost every day. It will be shut on the following dates, due to special events:
25 & 26 December every year
and on the following dates in 2005
The State Apartments are due to be closed on
10 to 21 January
1 November to February 28
1 March to 31 October
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