Tours of Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel
Windsor Tourist Guides Ltd can accompany your group into Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. As a royal residence, the castle is guarded by the Queen's regiments of Foot Guards in their splendid full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins.
The castle's Round Tower stands where in the 1080's William the Conqueror sited his wooden fort, one day's march from the Tower of London. In the late 1600s Charles II built the State Apartments for entertaining; Samuel Pepys, the seventeenth-century diarist, called Windsor 'the most romantic castle in the world'. The castle we see today was finally completed by George IV in the 1820s.
St George's Chapel is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the country's highest order of chivalry (Prince William was made the 1,000th knight in 2008). The chapel, built between the late fifteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries, contains the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII, Charles I, George III and King George VI, the Queen's father who died in 1952.
One of the most popular sights within the castle is Queen Mary's Dolls' House, built in 1924 for the Queen's grandmother who described it as 'the most perfect present that anyone could receive'.
- There is a separate visitor fee for entrance into the castle, which includes the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House and St George's Chapel.
- Guiding is not permitted in the State Apartments.
Tours of Windsor Castle take around two to three hours.
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