Windsor Castle gives you the chance to snoop around a royal residence and track the history of the English monarchy. ... More
Windsor Castle gives you the chance to snoop around a royal residence and track the history of the English monarchy. There's been a royal castle here since the time of William the Conqueror, though it has been altered and rebuilt through the centuries. The castle is huge, so people tend to head for the most spectacular bits; the State Apartments, St. George's Chapel, the Gallery and the delightful Queen Mary's Dolls' House. Works of art, antique furniture, curiosities and impressive architecture reflect the tastes of many different royal generations. Crowds and queues are the norm in summer, so leave plenty of time.
I've visited every royal castle in England and Scotland, and I feel the Windsor visit is by far the best. I felt it was even better than touring Buckingham Palace. You are allowed to tour the interior and wander around throughout the castle grounds. You are likely to see the guard marching down to their quarters at some point. If you have time (and it does require extra time), visit Queen Mary's Dollhouse exhibit, which is at the entrance to where tourists enter the castle. I've been to Windsor twice now and plan to return whenever I visit England. I'm very into England's history and this tour is a must for any history buff. I would suggest anyone who plans to visit read up on some of the history. Also, be sure to purchase one of the guidebooks at the Castle. The books are not expensive. I did so at every castle and I found it provided a great overall history less about everything I saw.
Windsor Castle is an amazing place and certainly the biggest fully functional castle in the world. It's still home to the Queen of England from time to time, and a joy to wonder around. The shops inside a little expensive, it's much cheaper to shop outside the castle.
Love Windsor Castle and been there twice at least. It has the best of the best in Great Britain and the town is worth seeing too. Do not remember the price. It is certainly one of my best memories of England.
The train trip to Windsor is actually quite pleasant and not too long (around 35 minutes?). The adjoining shopping area is quaint and fun.
The castle itself is magnificent. The interiors are lovely and hold many items of interest, from the heraldry to the various china patterns to Queen Mary's dollhouse. When I visited there was an exhibit commemorating the fire and restoration efforts. The surrounding grounds are lovely in spring or summer.
There are many pubs and other traditional restaurants nearby, so you can really immerse yourself in a true English countryside visit. Eton and lovely views of the Thames are also close. I recommend making a day trip of it-- very worthwhile!
Windsor Castle was spectacular. It is an enormous place, dwarfing the town of the same name. The castle was heavily damaged during a fire in 1992. It reminded me of Buckingham Palace, except that the interior is open year-round, not just two months out of the year. The Tube does not go out to Windsor, so you either have to rent a car (which we weren't adventurous/foolhardy enough to do) or take a train. I am very interested in heraldry, and the walls of St. George's Chapel are covered in the coats of arms of members of the Order of the Garter, the highest order of knighthood in Britain, and the oldest order in Europe. Definitely worth the trip out of the city.
This place is the most lavish castle I've ever seen! It's only an hour out of London. It's in this cute little town with lush British countrysides! I loved it and I'm only 14! Watch for the road signs on the left. You can see it from the freeway.
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