Have you ever wonder how it feels like to be inside a castle? Situated just 20 miles west of London, you find Windsor Castle. On this post I will show you how you can take a day trip to Windsor Castle from London.
In this post you will find:
How to get to Windsor from London on your own
Windsor Castle is located in the county of Berkshire, and it is just around 40 minutes away from London Paddington Station. This makes it one of the best places to visit when considering day trips from London.
Getting to Windsor by train is really simple. Trains to Windsor leave every half an hour from Paddington and Waterloo stations. You can check out train schedules and prices at Trainline.
The closest station to the Castle is Windsor & Eton Riverside, which is just a 5 minute walk away from the castle. Super easy.
Tours to Windsor Castle from London
I personally think it is really simple to get to the Castle by yourself, but if you feel more comfortable you can also take a tour from London. There are many companies which offer tours in the city but I personally recommend using GetYourGuide because they offer free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour starts.
These are some of the different tours to Windsor Castle:
- Windsor half-day tour: this tour departs from Earls Court Underground Station in London and includes round-trip transportation and the entrance to Windsor Castle.
- Windsor + Stonehenge + Bath: if you want to make the most of the day, you can take this tour that also includes a visit to ancient Stonehenge and the city of Bath where you can visit the Roman baths. The tour includes a professional guide in english.
- Windsor + Stonehenge + Oxford: another option is to include Oxford in your itinerary. This is a full-day tour that includes the entry to Windsor Castle, entry to Stonehenge, a walking tour in Oxford and transportation to and from London.
Windsor Castle ticket price and tips for your visit
*Prices updated on July 2020
- The official admission ticket to visit the castle is £23.50. There are discounts for families and big groups.
Buy discount tickets for Windsor Castle
- The ticket price for students and people over 60 is £21.20
- The ticket includes a multimedia tour which is really useful to learn and undestand the significance of the Castle.
- If you buy the London Pass (includes entry to more than 80 London attractions) the entry ticket to Windsor Castle is included.
Windsor is the oldest and largest active castle in the world and Queen Elizabeth still spends weekends and holidays in it. Because of this, some parts of the castle may close in presence of the Queen, so you should check this before going. No photos are allowed inside the castle, that’s why you will only see exterior photos on the post.
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Windsor Castle – the visit
The castle was built in the 11th century, after the Norman invasion of England. The size of the castle is impressive. An audio tour is part of the admission price, which is really useful to understand lots of the insights and decisions of the castle. You can basically wander around the castle on your own and stay as much as you like. Below you will find information and photos about the main places of the Castle.
- State Apartments
During your visit, you can enter the State Apartments, which are ornamented with furnishings and fine arts of the period. Before getting to the State Apartments, you pass through the north terrace, from where you can get a nice view of Windsor. From this terrace you can also access St Mary’s doll house, an incredibly precise palace in miniature, provided with electricity and water (Yes, royal childs needed this).
- St George’s Chapel
You can also visit St George’s Chapel, unless it’s Sunday, when it’s closed to visitors because services are held. The Gothic architecture of the chapel is amazing, the roof is impressive. Inside the chapel you can find the order of the greater, an English order of chivalry, where being a member of it is limited and includes the monarch of the United Kingdom. Too bad I couldn’t take photos of this because it was for me the most exciting part of the building.
TIP: Not just the castle but Windsor town itself is worth a visit. If you visit the Castle by yourself, make sure you spend some time in the city before returning to London. You will find medieval streets with lovely houses, shops and tea houses, everything is pinturesque and worth the time.
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I hope this article has been useful for planning your day trip to Windsor Castle from London. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!
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That is really so nice, the architecture is really fab. 🙂
castle seems amazing too, will surely plan to visit.
Thanks Chetan. Yeah, the architecture is amazing!
I used to work in Windsor so would walk past the castle’s walls everyday….I’ve never been in it though! Shame you can’t take pictures….guess I’ll have to finally go myself.
Hi Elizabeth! You should visit, it is really nice.
I’m really feeling bad at the moment, my friends had planned to visit London this vacation she urged me to come but due to some circumstances could make it. I’m really missing them and the article of yours made me remind, but yeah the castles are incredible. 🙂
hope I turn next time when we make a plan to London.
That’s sad! Hope you get to visit soon, I’m sure you will
great photos! I’ve been to London so many times and I always leave Windsor for the next trip:) came across your blog via your comment on another blog:)
Thanks for the comment Tanja. Windsor is lovely, you should visit on your next trip to London!
Love castles or any ancient architecture for that matter. This post will help whenever I’m in London. Thanks 🙂
Thanks Swanti, hope it helps you!
This place is a history nerds dream!!! Windsor castle is where the royal family got their surname from when they decided to change it during WW1.
I didn’t know that! Interesting. Thanks for the comment Marteen.
Windsor is a lovely day out. It gets really busy in summer so I suggest getting there early. Another lovely thing to do there is take a river boat trip down the Thames.
The boat trip must be great! Luckily I was there in winter.
Ever since I’ve been a child and my mom would read me stories from the UK, I’ve wanted to go to Windsor Castle. Great guide and I’ll need to go soon!
That’s cute, hope you visit soon!
I didn’t realize there were castles that were still active. I would love to see inside of one. PS. I love Game of Thrones 🙂
I do too 😀 Definitely not the same, but the royal family still uses Windsor.
This is really speaking my language. A lot of people who visit London would miss out on such a cultural and historical treat if they spent it all in the city centre. I don’t live too far from London and really hope to visit here sometime soon!
I agree, I think it is a great place to visit when you’re in London. Specially if you come for far away like I do!
Wow! That looks like a lovely trip. I’ve always wanted to go inside a castle that is still an active castle and not just a museum.
Yes, it is lovely! It is still kind of a museum though, but the royal family still uses the place.
This place looks incredible! I had no idea they still had “active castles” outside of Buckingham Palace – such a nifty little fact. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos 🙂
Thanks Flo! I didn’t know either until I got there 😀
I’ve been here ages ago! I love the fact that you have refreshed my memories.
That’s nice Dora, thanks for the comment!
I am from the UK, but I have never really been a tourist in London. I love castles, so I really should visit Windsor one day!
Yes, you should! You have so many historic places to visit.
Woah, is that doll house an actual building? So cool! I didn’t even know something like that existed, let alone in London of all places. Great post!
Thanks Lauren. Yess, can you believe the doll house has electricity?!?