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Review of Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
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Private Afternoon Trip to Windsor Castle from Central London
Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Windsor
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and offers an extraordinarily rich and varied day out. Throughout its history, the Castle has been redecorated, enlarged and rebuilt. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. Your ticket to Windsor Castle includes entry to our exhibition Waterloo at Windsor.
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Weekday visit off-season and there were still quite a lot of people around. I'm glad we didn't go in school holidays or at a weekend as I think it would have been overwhelming.

Certainly an interesting place to go and understand more about the history of the castle and the Royal Family but a lot of it was about the history of the Royal Collection of paintings, which for me should be as part of the visits to the National Gallery or the Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

St. George's Chapel was the most interesting part for me but it was nice to see some of the other items around the Castle. I was particularly pleased to see the Colours of the pre-1992 Irish Regiments of the British Army.

It is quite expensive to get it but may get another visit out of it with the year pass. I was disappointed that they didn't have a restaurant or coffee place there as we had planned to have something whilst in there. It meant we had to wait until we finished and then have something in Windsor.

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Castle had some great rooms and contents to see, but the crowds can be avoided by purchasing your tickets in advance so you do not experience a long wait. Also if you wish to see the miniature dolls house aim for this first and early in the day as it gets very congested in this area.

Thank singapore272
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Perfect for a Sunday visit- though possibly crowded.

This is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation- over 900 yrs! It is much larger than most people realise - more than 12 acres- and it is worth allowing a good 3 hrs for your visit. It is open everyday - 9.45 to 5.00 approx, last admission at 4.00 - by the exception of Christmas, Easter, Garter Day(in June) and a few other during the year.

Proclaimed to be the most romantic castle that is in the world, it is one of the Queen's 3 official residences - rumours said it is her favourite. The Royal Standard flies over the Round Tower when the Queen is there, Ironically, the Fire of the Windsor Castle took place on 20/11/1992, her 45th wedding anniversary. Over 100 rooms were badly damaged or destroyed. The aim being to restore the damaged rooms to their former glory using authentic materials. Indeed,the Castle renovated and re-opened after 5 yrs, in 1997
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It is absolutely worthy to pay the £ 17.75 ticket ( for under 17 is £ 6.45, under 5 free). The audio-guide is excellent and the staff is so friendly and helpful- and up for a photo since you'll ask them, so don't be shy .
The Estate Rooms, the Portrait Gallery, the famous Doll House - your kids 'ld adore it- and the Kitchen Tour ( a plus £ 5 ) they are all a must-visit.

The Castle was first built by William the Conqueror in 1066 following his invasion in England.
Henry II constructed the Round Tower and the original stone outer wall. The Windsor Castle has remained largely unchanged.

Enjoy the sunset from the Castle and try a delicious afternoon-tea and fine hot chocolate at the little shop there.

4  Thank DINOS T
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We both really enjoyed our visit to Windsor Castle. The audio sets (inclusive in admission price) make the tour around much more interesting & enables you to go around at your own speed instead of with a guide.
We found there was lots to see & listen to the history around the rooms & what they are used for. We were there for approx two & half hours.
We thought the admission price to be very fair & comparable to other attractions. I should imagine the upkeep of this castle & estate is considerable.
The visit is what you make it. If stately homes are not your thing then you will be bored. But if you want to find out a bit more about the history of this country & it's royal family then this is for you. It's not a theme park it's part of british heritage.
Go with an open mind, & enjoy.

1  Thank Tammie007
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

The scale and opulence inside are amazing as is the pomp and ceremony which the Royal Family live their life. A visit to the Castle provides an insight into this life and the long heritage that dates back nearly a 1,000 years.

The connection to the knights and kings of the past is clearly evident and interesting. Audio commentary well worthwhile.

The structure of the castle is also impressive. I hadn't realised that so many people live and work within the castle.

The surrounding village is also quaint and interesting. Highly recommend a visit if you're interested in history.

1  Thank LonghornTours
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