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Windsor Castle Afternoon Tour from London

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Key Highlights

  • Visit Windsor Castle – the largest continuously occupied castle in the world
  • Fans of the Royal family will love this tour
  • Marvel at the lavish State Apartments with their priceless artworks
  • Admire the beauty of St. George's Chapel
  • See Queen Mary's exquisite Dolls' House – a masterpiece in miniature
  • Audio commentary in 8 languages is included
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    April to September: Daily
    October to March: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

    Duration

    Approx. 5 hours

    Start time

    April to September: 1:30pm - 6:30pm October to March: 12:30pm - 5:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs at 1345h (1:45pm) from 4, Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH (nearest Underground Station – Victoria)
    Tour departs at 1400h (2:00pm) from 156 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4EF (nearest Underground Station – Gloucester Road)
    Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Towering majestically above the Thames on a wooded bluff, Windsor Castle is a magnificent sight.

    Dating back to William the Conqueror, its history-soaked walls have been a popular retreat for generations of British monarchs. On this afternoon tour from London you can enjoy its many splendors for yourself.

    Admire the gilded glory of the opulent State Apartments with their priceless masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, and Van Dyck. See Queen Mary's Dolls' House, a truly incredible structure complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature!

    Visit St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the final resting place of 10 former monarchs including Henry VIII. And stop to admire the Albert Memorial Chapel with its gorgeous marble panels and magnificent vaulted ceiling, a refurbishment carried out by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Prince Consort.

    Itinerary

    Your Windsor Castle Afternoon Tour from London departs at 1345h (1:45pm) from 4, Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W and at 1400h (2:00pm) from 156 Cromwell Road, London SW7. Please try to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before departure time.

    You will board a comfortable coach and set off for Windsor, which lies approximately 23 miles (37km) from central London. An English and Spanish-speaking guide will accompany you on the tour.

    Windsor Castle is an Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is said to be her favorite week-end retreat. With a history stretching back nearly 1000 years, it is is the world’s largest continuously occupied castle. The original fortified structure was built for William the Conqueror around the year 1080 as part of the defences of London. The castle gradually became a popular Royal residence because of the good hunting in the nearby forest.

    The Castle was improved and enlarged over the centuries to create the magnificent building we see today. Highlights include: the State Apartments, St George's Chapel and Queen Mary's Dolls House.

    State Apartments: These magnificent rooms are lavishly decorated and furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Look out for the wonderful paintings in the King’s Dressing Room, including a Rubens self-portrait, Van Dyck's famous triple portrait of Charles I, and ‘The Artist's Mother’, by Rembrandt. There are also many smaller items of interest. For example, a display cabinet in the Grand Vestibule contains the bullet that killed Admiral Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    St George's Chapel: Founded in the 13th century and extended over the centuries, St George’s Chapel is a glorious Gothic building (on a par with Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey) and the burial place of 10 monarchs. Adjacent is the Albert Memorial Chapel with its exquisite marble panels, commissioned by Queen Victoria in commemoration of her beloved husband Albert. A key feature of the refurbishment was the magnificent vaulted roof, including gold mosaic pieces specially crafted in Venice. Queen Mary's Dolls House This exquisite Dolls' House was designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924. Many of the miniature contents were made by the manufacturers of the full size article. Even the bottles in the wine cellar contain genuine vintage wine!

    Your tour lasts around 5½ hours. At the end, you will be dropped back at the starting point at around 1830h (6:30pm).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in a coach
    • English and Spanish-speaking guide
    • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and German

    Exclusions

    • Meals and beverages
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    From April to September tour is available in Spanish on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (English is spoken on all tours)

    Please bring some form of photo ID such as a passport or driving licence with you.

    Windsor Castle is a working royal palace and planned closures/disruptions may be subject to change. On some days the State Apartments may be closed but it will still be possible to visit the Castle and Gardens.

    Photography inside Windsor Castle may be prohibited.

    Emergency contact number for the tour operator: +44 (0) 20 7233 7030.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.People in wheelchairs must be able to get on and off the coach and should have someone to accompany them if they require assistance. The wheelchair should be foldableThe maximum number of people on this tour is 50; the minimum number is one.Children aged 3 to 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Reviews
    • WINDSOR CASTLE

      just the very best tour we have done in the week we have been here...

      eric rawlings
    • A good way to see the castle

      *The tour starts in Fountain Square (Victoria Station). *The check in process was well organised and ran smoothly. *The coach was modern and comfortable. *The journey from...

      a jackson
    • Windsor Castle Afternoon Tour

      Driver gave exceptional information all through the tour.Capable coach driver who was happy in his vocation. Isango however failed to notify the company of our booking so we did...

      Harold Philips
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