British Medieval Castles: Windsor Castle. Image courtesy of Flickr commons and Kevin Spencer.
11th Century
Open to Visitors

Windsor Castle is a royal residence in Berkshire. The castle embodies almost 1,000 years of architectural history and is strongly associated with the British royal family. It is also the longest-occupied palace in Europe.

The original Windsor castle was built in the 11th century, right after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror, to oversee a strategically important part of the River Thames. 

The castle was originally built as a motte-and-bailey with three wards surrounding a central mound. This structure was gradually replaced with stone fortifications. Henry III built a luxurious royal palace within the castle during the middle of the century, and Edward III rebuilt the palace to an even grander set of buildings, “the most expensive secular building project of the entire Middle Ages in England“. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I also made increasing use of the castle as a royal court and centre for diplomatic entertainment.

Visit Windsor Castle


Assistance Dogs Allowed
Fully Accessible
Pinic Area
Neaby Carpark (Paid)
The walls of Windsor Castle. Image courtesy of Flickr commons and Craigr.
The walls of Windsor Castle. Image courtesy of Flickr commons and Craigr.


Summer: 10:00 – 16:00

Winter: 10:00 – 15:00


Windsor SL4 1NJ


+44 (0)303 123 7304


Child (5-16 years) / Disabled£13.50
Over 60 / Student£21.20
Under 5Free
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children)£60.50
Groups (15 people or more)Check



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