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“Great Castle”
Review of Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Windsor
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Interesting visit to the state apartments, see historical facilities still making history. This is the castle the Queen visits on weekends--although in other parts where the tourists don't go. Hard to realize this massive castle is over 900 years old!

Thank FrankJSanDiego
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

had a fascinating time, make use of the audio tours especially the children's sets as this had my son hooked

Thank Redsmarty
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I suppose Windsor Castle would be on everyones wish list when in Windsor but is definitely worth a visit. There was a long queue to get in being Bank Holiday Monday but once inside I found it very interesting with lots of different areas to see. The commentary provided by the inclusive handsets, which are worth using.

Leave yourselves plenty of time to get around as there is a lot to see.

Thank Alan F
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We came in July 2013 as part of a bus tour, with Windsor Castle- Stonehenge- Bath. Windsor was the first stop. We were allowed about 1.5 hour to tour the castle, and then 1 hour for lunch.

We did not wait long for tickets since we were a tour group.

Once on castle grounds, I was very impressed with the preservation of the buildings. The included audio tour is very good. Some of the younger children in our group had an audio guide designed for kids, but it was not interesting for those above age 10 (as it tended to have a lot of dramatization aimed at younger children). In fact, they asked to switch audio guides with the adults.

We were not aware of the supplemental guided tour and probably would not have had time for it anyway.

The interior tour of the castle was also very interesting. The only detraction was the number of visitors in the summer, sometimes making it hard to stay in any area for a while. Some of the rooms were rushed.

There are many impressive highlights: the bedrooms of Charles II and his wife, the tromp-l'oeil artwork on ceilings, the room where knights' family crests are kept, the ancient furniture.

The room of the artwork of the royals was also unexpectedly moving--- these human beings, kept in their gilded cages, trying to reproduce nature.

Thank anonymousfortwayne
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We caught an early train from Paddington Station, London and after changing trains at Slough, we found ourselves in the beautiful town of Windsor by about 9.15am. The entrance to the castle is only a very short walk from the railway station and we then joined the short queue with about 4 people in front of us, waiting for the gates to the castle to open at 9.30am.
On payment of the quite substantial entrance fee (it's no wonder that H.M. Queen Elizabeth is one of the richest women in the world) we were each issued with a personal audio guide device and made our way into the castle. Most parts of the castle are open to visitors except of course, the private apartments of the Royal Family. The various rooms that we visited were full of amazing displays, art, furniture and historic weapons. Outside, there were beautiful and very well maintained gardens. We had the opportunity to observe the changing of the guard in the large inner courtyard at 11.00am. Quite a colourful and relatively short ceremony.
One of the highlights of our visit was going into St. George's Chapel. This is a place of great historical significance with a number of the Queen's forebears entombed within. There are also a number of small private chapels to view.
To summarise, well worth a visit if you are interested in either British history or the British Royal Family. The entrance fee is certainly hefty but it is worth the expense to see most of what lies within the castle's walls.

Thank BigHugh51
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