Don’t spend your layover time stuck inside the airport. Instead discover Royal Windsor Castle.
Royal Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history and its magnificent State Rooms and works of art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens. HM The Queen and her family spend most of their private weekends at Windsor castle. The Queen is also officially in residence throughout April and June, when the annual Garter Service is held in St George's Chapel.
The State Apartments, the heart of the working palace, are regularly used for ceremonial and official occasions. They are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. During the winter months the Semi-State Rooms, among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle are added to the visitor route.
Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the most famous dolls' house in the world. It took three years to complete and involved the work of 1,500 tradesmen, artists and authors. The house is unusually well equipped for its day with modern comforts and labor saving devices. It has electric lighting, an electric vacuum cleaner, hot and cold running water, and even flushing lavatories.
St. George's Chapel: is one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in
England. It has been the setting for many royal weddings and is the burial
place of ten sovereigns. The Chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of the
Order of the Garter. Britain's highest Order of Chivalry. The Changing of the
Guard: takes place at 11:00am, weather permitting, from Monday to Saturday
between April and the end of June, and on alternate days for the rest of the
year, with the exception of Sundays. The Castle is open to visitors every day, including when The Queen is in residence, except for 25 and 26 December.
is the Castle is a working royal palace opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. Queen Mary's Dolls' House is currently closed for
planned improvement works.
This tour passes
through Eton, home of one of England's famous public schools; President John F Kennedy Memorial site Windsor Great Park and Runnymede, where King John sealed the Magna carta (The Magna Carta, also known as the Great Charter to the Liberties of England, is a document originally issued in Latin in the year 1215. The Great Charter is truly great, because it was the first legal document to establish that leaders did not have arbitrary power, granted under Divine Authority, but instead were subject to the law of the land. The feudal barons forced King John of England to sign the Magna Carta in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights. In a way, it was the world's very first written Constitution. The charter was a major part of the process that led to the rule of constitutional law in the English speaking world, an ideal which was eventually transported to the New World. It would inspire the Founding Fathers to draft a new document, the United States Constitution. As a tribute to its influence, a copy of the Magna Carter is housed in the Temple of Founding History, the National Archive, in Washington D.C.)
90 minutes free waiting from flight landing time
Central London Congestion and ULEZ charge
Meet and Greet Service
Water Bottles for everyone
WiFi on board