The best Windsor Castle tours from London

View of Windsor Castle and its manicured grounds.
Windsor Castle and grounds. Image courtesy of Shutterstock/sloukam.
Discover more than 900 years of royal history with the best Windsor Castle tours and day trips from London – complete with your choice of transport, guided visits and more.
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Experience one of London’s most magnificent royal palaces during a day trip to Windsor Castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and has been home to 39 monarchs.

From the lavish State Apartments and impressive grounds, to St George’s Chapel, where many a royal has tied the knot (including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), there are plenty of things to see at Windsor Castle. 

Where is Windsor Castle and how do I get there?

Windsor Castle is a royal residence in Windsor, in the county of Berkshire in England, about 25 miles (40km) west of London. You can travel there in just over an hour by car, or in 35 minutes by train from London Paddington.

Make sure you don’t miss out by booking tickets for a Windsor Castle tour. Find the right tour for you, whether you just want to visit the castle or fancy exploring more than one historic site on a day trip.

Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle tour

Buckingham Palace © Jon Reid Visit London. Image courtesy of Jon Reid Visit London

From late July to late September, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public making it the perfect sight to couple with a visit to Windsor Castle. Be captivated by these two iconic royal residences. Spend the morning taking a peek inside the palace's lavishly furnished State Rooms, adorned with ornate decorations and beautiful historic artefacts. Then, at the castle, seek out some of the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures that are on display. See if you can spot Henry VIII's tournament armour and the pretty porcelain figure of a ballerina in Queen Mary's Dolls' House. 


What's included:
 This is an unescorted tour accompanied by an audio guide including entry tickets to both palaces and a luxury coach transfer.


Cost and duration:
Tickets for this tour are £97 per person. The tour lasts for nine hours and is only available from July to September, with trips operating daily appart on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, days Windsor castle in not opened to the public.

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Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge tour

Stonehenge ancient monument © Shutterstock. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The perfect day trip for history buffs and culture vultures, combining several of the UK's most iconic destinations in one tour. Visit a royal palace, decipher the mystery of a unique rock formation, and view the incredible remains of one of the greatest spas of the ancient world, on a day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. 


What's included:
 Optional admissions to all sights, professional tour guide and luxury coach.


Cost and duration:
 Tickets for this tour are £95.00 for children and £105.00 for adults - concession, student and family options also available. The tour lasts for 12 hours and is available all year round, with trips operating daily from London. Please note Windsor Castle is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On these days, a walking tour in Windsor is offered.

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Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge tour

Oxford city building © Shutterstock. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Follow in the footsteps of Neolithic ancestors, royals and famous scholars, as you discover not one but three of England’s most historic sites: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Oxford. At Stonehenge, experience the atmosphere of the Stone Circle before exploring its world-class exhibition. Next, uncover royal secrets at Windsor Castle, wandering the State Rooms and castle grounds. Finally, its a trip to the enchanting city of Oxford where you'll encounter beautiful architecture such as that of the many colleges of the University of Oxford. 

 

What's includedAdmissions to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, professional tour guide and luxury coach.


Cost and duration:
 Tickets for this tour are £97.00 for children and £107.00 for adults - concession, student and family options also available. As well as the option to exclude entrance tickets. The tour lasts for 11 hours. Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday, a walking tour is offered on those days.

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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath

Panorama of the city of Bath in winter. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Packed with ancient history, royal connections and quaint English towns, this day trip lets you take in four gorgeous locations: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath and Lacock. Windsor promises a window into royal life and Stonehenge is your chance to marvel at the ancient monument that has had historians talking for decades. Tick off the beautiful city of Bath, the country's first city to gain a UNESCO World Heritage Site status and finally, discover the lesser-known Lacock. With its beautiful abbey and old-world charm that offers a window into Tudor England.

 

What's included: Admission to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, professional tour guide and luxury coach.


Cost and duration:
 Tickets for this tour are £119.00 for children and £129.00 for adults - concession, student and family options also available. The tour lasts for around 12 hours and 30 minutes. Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday, a walking tour is offered on those days.

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Salisbury, Windsor, Stonehenge & City of Bath Bus Tour

The city of Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral. © Unsplash/Andy Newton

A memorable tour from London that allows you to tick off multiple iconic destinations in one day. You'll begin with a visit to Windsor Castle, where you'll get your fill of intriguing history and stories of royal scandal. Following by a visit to the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, where you'll discover the many theories behind the origins and purpose of this 5'000 year-old monument. Next its time to enjoy some of the UK's most charming cities, starting off with the medieval city of Salisbury. Home to the famous Salisbury Cathedral that was erected over 800 years ago. Finally, taking a trip to Bath where a mix of ancient architecture and trendy boutiques restaurants await.

 

What's included: Admissions to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral, a walking tour of Bath, a professional tour guide and luxury coach with access to free Wifi.


Cost and duration:
 Tickets for this tour are £95.00 for children and £105.00 for adults - concession, student and family options also available. The tour lasts around 12 hours and 30 minutes. Windsor Castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a walking tour is offered on those days.

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Windsor Castle afternoon tour

Windsor Castle. Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022 Photo: Peter Packer.

The oldest and largest occupied working castle in the world, a trip to London would not be complete without a visit to Windsor Castle. This tour is perfect for those hoping to tick off the royal residence on a quick half-day round trip from London. Visit the grand State Apartments, marvelling at the opulent decor and historic artefacts. Be sure to see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House - created by over 1,500 of the finest artists and craftsment of the early 20th century. And don't miss St George’s Chapel, host to many a royal occasions and the resting place of Queen Elizabeth II. 


What's included:
 Admissions to Windsor Castle and an unescorted tour with an audio guide that lasts approximately two hours.


Cost and duration:
 Tickets for this tour are £62.00 for children and £67.00 for adults - concession, student and family options also available. The tour lasts for five hours and departs from London daily appart from Tuesdays and Wednesdays, days Windsor Castle is closed to the public.

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Day trip to Windsor by rail with entry to Windsor Castle

Windsor Palace Guards in formation at Windsor Castle. © Unsplash/Lorena Kelly

Explore the picture-pretty town of Windsor at your own pace on this open-ended day trip from London. Brimming with independent shops, charming cafes and restaurants, take the time to soak up the atmosphere of this royal town with countryside walks or a stroll along the river. You can even opt to hop on a boat tour along the Thames for a unique view of the town before heading inside Windsor Castle to explore the many treasures within. 

 


What's included:
 Admission to Windsor Castle and return rail tickets from Windsor to London.


Cost and duration:
 Tickets for this tour are £53.00 for children and £58.00 for adults. This is an open-ended tour offering maximum flexibility to visitors who can depart at their leisure. The castle is not opened to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Windsor Castle and Roman Baths

Windsor Castle precincts © Lorena Kelly via Unsplash. Image courtesy of Lorena Kelly via Unsplash

Visit Windsor Castle and experience the life of royalty, discovering how this sight has transformed from its early years as a wooden fortress built by William the Conqueror to being an official royal residence of King Charles III. Next, head to the ancient Roman Baths in the city of Bath. Visit the Pump Rooms and sip the water to benefit from the fabled healing properties held inside.

 

What's included: Admissions to Windsor Castle and Roman baths and a luxury coach. 

 

Cost and duration: Check back in April 2023 to book tickets. The tour lasts for around 10 hours and 30 minutes. Windsor Castle is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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