The oldest and the largest castle in the world that is still occupied, Windsor Castle truly is one of a kind. It is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen and it has a vibrant history for you to explore that spans almost 1,000 years.
39 monarchs have called the castle home and you can walk back through the history of these monarchs in the State Apartments. The Apartments have a superb collection of art with paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens which are often still in the locations originally chosen by the monarchs. The apartments also have an amazing ceiling painted by Antonio Verrio so make sure you take look above your head when you’re wandering around.
One item in the castles vast collection that you really shouldn't miss is Queen Mary’s doll’s house. The house was built for Queen Mary by the British Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924 and it’s a perfect replica of an aristocratic home. The doll’s house is no ordinary children's toy as it not only has a fully stocked wine cellar but even has electricity, running hot water and working lifts.
Something for you to enjoy outside the castle is the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The ceremony, which takes place at 11:00 and is accompanied by the Regimental Band, lasts for 45 minutes. It really is an impressive display of British military heritage. Make sure to check if the display is taking place on the Castle Forecourt as that will mean the Queen herself is in residence.
If all the history and culture is a bit too much to take in, a great way to make sure you get the most out of your visit is with a guided tour. One of the best tours is the Private Guided Tour of the State Apartments. The tour is pricey but it takes place when the castle is closed to the public so you can enjoy the castle in a smaller group. The tour also includes a glass of champagne and a guidebook for you to take home when your visit has finished.
The castle also has three brilliant gift shops where you can pick up some exclusive gifts and souvenirs. Lots of the items are inspired by the Royal Collection itself so you can take home your own piece of royal memorabilia.
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