Windsor Castle Tour
A Windsor Castle tour takes us outside of London to the town of Windsor. The largest occupied castle in the world. View the impressive furniture and paintings, State Apartments and a fascinating Doll’s House. The Castle is used by the Queen as both a private home and a Royal residence. It’s here that the Queen normally spends weekends, but it’s also used for formal royal functions. A private tour of the Castle can be done at leisure and we’ll also have time to enjoy the pretty town of Windsor.
Windsor Castle is both a castle and a home for Queen Elizabeth II. It’s used for formal state events as well as a family residence. We can visit the magnificent State Apartments to see the wonderful paintings and furnishings on display in the Royal Collection. Here we find a special Doll’s House which is a fully working scaled down model of a real home – if you were 6″ high you could live in the Doll’s House quite happily! The Household Division of the army perform guard duties here and we may be able to catch part of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.
The Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror nearly 1000 years ago so has plenty of history within the grounds. It is also the setting for St George’s Chapel where King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, his third wife, are buried. The annual Garter Ceremony is held here to install Knights of the Garter and we’ll learn about the story of how the first Knights of the Garter were created. The Chapel is a fine example of English architectural style.
We can take the train from London to visit the Castle which is set in the middle of pretty Windsor Town. As well as the history and splendour of the Castle we can make time to do some souvenir shopping in the town and maybe have a traditional pub lunch or stop for tea. This is a great stop for some last minute souvenir shopping, or a short walk to pretty Eton town along the River Thames. The journey to Windsor is about 30 minutes from Paddington station in central London by train.