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Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

1. Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been remodeled by a succession of kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II, and George IV. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at Windsor Castle, which is also used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Your ticket provides admission to the Castle, including the magnificent State Apartments, which are furnished with some of the finest treasures from the royal collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens, and Van Dyck, as well as fine English and French furniture. During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, known as the Semi-State Rooms, are added to the visitor route. Your admission also includes access to St. George's Chapel. This is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England, and is the final resting place for 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I. There is a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle, so please allow enough time to make the most of your visit, which is likely to last between 2.5 and 3 hours. The Castle is at situated at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances, so comfortable shoes are advised.

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London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

2. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this day trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions (if option selected). Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction (if option selected). Continue to the university city of Oxford, known as "The City of Dreaming Spires." A seat of learning since 1249, it's an idyllic location to explore on a fascinating walking tour.

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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

3. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• The View from the Shard• Tower of London• 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour• Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle• Westminster Abbey• London Bridge Experience and London Tombs• Tower Bridge Exhibition• ZSL London Zoo• Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST• Shakespeare's Globe Theatre• Royal Albert Hall• Royal Observatory Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Cutty Sark• Kew Gardens• Hampton Court Palace• Apsley House• Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour• Benjamin Franklin House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• Golden Hinde• Southwark Cathedral• Wellington Arch• Chelsea Physic Garden• London Wetland Centre MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• London Transport Museum• Foundling Museum• Household Cavalry Museum• Charles Dickens Museum• Guards Museum• Cartoon Museum• Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art• Wernher Collection at Ranger's House• Fan Museum• London Canal Museum• London Museum of Water and Steam• Garden Museum• Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)• Queen's Gallery• Pollocks Toy Museum• The British Museum (with Vox Audio guide)• The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour• Curzon Bloomsbury• Curzon Mayfair Cinema• Curzon Soho Cinema• 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours• Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours• Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• London Bicycle Hire• Brit Movie Tours• QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl• Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum• Wembley Stadium Tours

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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths Day Trip

4. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Roman Baths Day Trip

Windsor Castle Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames, just outside of London. From William the Conqueror to the current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. See for yourself the splendor of St. Georges chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, in one of them!     Bath Bath, another world heritage site, is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces, and architecture. Following a panoramic tour of the city, visit Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, where the river Avon cascades over the weir. You can also shop, explore the area, or take an afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to the string quartet. You may choose to avail of the optional entrance to the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. The magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple were built on Britain's only natural hot water spring. Admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture as you walk around the steaming pool.  Stonehenge The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast, empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years. Since then, it has become a symbol for paganism, spiritual worship, and a topic of long standing public debate. Unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Select the option with entrance included to gain access to the site.

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London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath and Lacock Day Tour

5. London: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath and Lacock Day Tour

Depart London for a full-day tour to some of the most historic attractions in the West of England, stopping at Windsor Castle, home to the English royals for more than 900 years. Perched high above the River Thames, the castle reveals royal stories from the days of William the Conqueror to the current Queen, making it the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. You will be among the first to marvel at the splendor of St. Georges Chapel, as well as the sumptuous State Apartments. Continue to Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain and learn the mysteries of the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years, but it still confounds historians and archaeologists to this day. Try to unlock some of its secrets for yourself at the new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre. Next, stop for a traditional pub lunch in the picturesque National Trust village of Lacock. Walk down cobbled streets lined with ancient cottages to see why it is often chosen for film shoots, including “Harry Potter.” Your lunch will be served in a 14th-century pub at the end of a short walking tour. The final stop of the day is the historic city of Bath, full of Georgian architecture in delightful crescents and terraces. Take a panoramic city tour, with free time to visit Bath Abbey and the romantic Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, and to enjoy afternoon tea in the historic Pump Rooms, while being serenaded by a string quartet.

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Windsor Castle, Bath & Stonehenge: Full-Day Tour from London

6. Windsor Castle, Bath & Stonehenge: Full-Day Tour from London

The first stop on this full-day tour is the historic town of Windsor where you’ll visit the Queen’s favorite weekend retreat — Windsor Castle. The Castle, dating from Norman times, features a prominent turreted Round Tower. It sits atop a wooded hill on the banks of the Thames River, in the midst of lovely landscaped grounds. Have a “through-the-keyhole” look at the Castle’s State Apartments and paintings by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci that hang there. A visit to St. George’s Chapel is also on your tour. The Chapel is the final resting place of King Henry VIII and other monarchs. Before you leave Windsor, you’ll see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, a residence in miniature, complete with electricity, running water, working lifts, and even bottles of wine. This spring, have the extra special chance to explore the Royal Wedding exhibition at Windsor Castle (A Royal Wedding Exhibition: HRH Princess Eugenie, March 1, 2019 - April 22, 2019). Celebrating the marriage of HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank, this exhibition will display the Princess’s exquisite wedding dress, HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s maid-of-honour dress, and for the first ever time, the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which was lent to Princess Eugenie by Her Majesty The Queen. The iconic and ancient monument of Stonehenge is your second stop on the tour. Your first sight of Stonehenge will be of the monolithic rocks rising up from Salisbury Plain. There have been many theories over the ages about this mysterious 5,000-year old formation. You may end up with a theory of your own to add to the speculation.  The city of Bath lines the sloping banks of the Avon River. This was England’s first city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the 15th-century Bath Abbey and also Pulteney Bridge, which was based on the design of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You’ll see stunning examples of Georgian architecture and have enough free time in Bath to explore on your own. After a full and memorable day, you will arrive in London at the end of your tour at approximately 8:00 PM.

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From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

7. From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

The first stop on this tour is Windsor Castle. With its sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it is easy to see why the castle is the Queen’s favorite weekend residence. Enjoy a fascinating through-the-keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. You can also visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel - the final resting place of the monarchs of old, including Henry VIII. The tour then moves onto spectacular Stonehenge. You will never forget your first glimpse of the monolithic rock formation rising up against the skyline of the Salisbury Plain. Theories abound as to Stonehenge’s mysterious origin? Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore this unique landmark. Your final stop of the day is the charming university town of Oxford. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with free leisure time. Stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. The tour will finish at approximately 07:15 PM in London.

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Windsor, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Stonehenge

8. Windsor, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Stonehenge

Windsor Castle Fans of the Royal family will be in their element! Steeped in history, visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II and enjoy a through the keyhole experience of the world’s largest and oldest castle. Enjoy the spectacular State Apartments at your leisure and marvel at its lavishly furnished surroundings. Used for State occasions to this day, be a part of where these regal traditions take place whilst admiring world renowned artworks. Visit St. George’s chapel, where the tombs of numerous kings and queens reside, notably Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – be amazed by the magnitude and intricate design of the world’s most famous Dolls’ House. Mysterious Stonehenge Wander around the world heritage site and be captivated by the unique rock formation! Situated on Salisbury Plain, 40 ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. Abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground! Decide for yourself whilst discovering the history of this mysterious monument. Free Lunch Pack To ensure you make the most of each attraction and don’t waste valuable exploring time, the tour includes a lunch pack, completely free of charge! Save time, money and dodge the inconvenience of finding somewhere to eat. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, beautiful bath was the first city in England to be designated an UNESCO World Heritage site. The gorgeous 15th century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio, are all sights to linger on in the memory of your day. Roman Baths Famed for its Roman Baths, Bath houses the best preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. Miraculously hidden from view until the 1870’s, delve into the history of this magical monument and admire its architectural splendor.  Arrival time back in London is at approximately 07:45 PM.

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From London: Half-Day Trip to Windsor with Castle Tickets

9. From London: Half-Day Trip to Windsor with Castle Tickets

Depart London and journey west on a coach tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy a morning visit to Windsor and return to London in time to spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. Relax on board the coach as it makes its way to the historic town of Windsor. On arrival, enter Windsor Castle and discover an official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at your own pace. Learn the history of the castle and working palace, from its 11th-century origins following the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Stroll the beautiful grounds and view the castle's imposing architecture from the outside. Return to London by coach at approximately 13:30, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day to get on with your own plans. 

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From London: Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

10. From London: Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

Start your journey with a ride on a luxury air conditioned bus from Central London to Windsor Castle. Travel to Windsor Castle and visit the stunning state apartments, admire the gigantic, incredibly detailed Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Next, move on to see St George’s Chapel which is the resting place of Henry VIII and other monarchs. Nestled atop a hill in a charming market town, Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Then, make your way over to the magnificent Hampton Court Palace by bus. Be dazzled by the spectacular Chapel Royal, the grandeur of the Great Hall, and Henry VIII’s kitchens. Wander through the palace’s beautiful gardens and try not to get lost in the world’s oldest puzzle maze. Dating back to the 16th century, the palace is most famously linked to the dramatic lives and loves of Henry VIII and his wives. Hampton Court Palace is a visual treat for visitors and this royal venue promises to be an unforgettable experience. You will then be taken back to the original meeting point in Central London where the tour will end.

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What people are saying about Windsor Castle

Overall rating

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based on 5,067 reviews

We wanted to pack in a day of touring outside of London and Mel and Barry gave us that. We started with an early exit from London with our guide (Mel - the historian) telling us a bit about London and it's history. Our first stop was Windsor castle. While in line, Mel gave us the history of the castle and it's inhabitants. We then dashed into the state apartments and St George's cathedral. It was a winter trip, therefore, the rose gardens were closed to visitors. Our time was limited, therefore, we only caught a glimpse of the change of the guard, which was fine by us. Next, we visited Stonehenge with an interactive digital tour provided by our tour company while we made our way around the ancient stones for viewing. Before and after the visit, Mel gave us some insight into what was known about the stones. Our last visit was to the university city of Oxford. Mel conducted a walking tour of some buildings of interest and pointed out some good stores for doing a bit of shopping.

Wonderful trip, Carol our guide gave just the right amount of information-we really enjoyed it! If I did it again, I would have eliminated the Lacock village portion. The Pub lunch was fun, but we didn’t really have time to see much of the little town. I would therefore preferred more time in Bath, it was magical and so beautiful all decorated for Christmas.

Mel & Berry we’re absolutely amazing. Mel was so amazing that my 12 year old said, she would rather have him as her social studies teacher since he was so good at explaining and making people get his attention. I would only go on another tour, if Mel was our tour guide! The Haidles

It was my first experience and things worked so great . Would definitely book my next experience from this .

everything I wanted to do, at a ridiculously cheap price