Getting Our Royal On at Windsor Castle theglobewanderers October 5, 2015 Doorstep Adventures, England, Travel 26 Comments We’re having an incredible week exploring the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. SO excited to share the beauty of this island with you (and oh my god the FOOD). We’re working on those posts so stay tuned for those, but in the meantime here’s a quick post about our visit to an English gem back in the Spring… Windsor Castle. Home to Kings and Queens for over 1,000 years including our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II (Liz to her mates), Windsor Castle is a must visit. If you’ve never been to Windsor before, don’t worry about missing the castle. It would be impossible to. It’s slap bang right in the centre of town, standing as prominent and proud as it should. Look out for the flag of the Royal Standard flying… if you spot it then you can bet your bottom the Queen’s home. An adult ticket will set you back £19.20 – Ouch… Now would be the time to flog that spare kidney… (if the State Apartments are closed then prices are a little lower at £10.40). Kids go cheaper of course and students get a cheeky discount too. How jammy! Off with their heads. Check it all out here. Getting our royal on Once you step foot in the grounds of the castle, you’ll feel like you’ve walked onto the set of Game of Thrones or Robin Hood. As you walk through the castle walls, you’ll be wowed by what’s on display and you’ll be requiring the word ‘wowzers’ pretty frequently. Perhaps that spare kidney was worth it after all. You may choose to start your trip through history in The Queen’s Doll’s House room. It’s considered by many to be the finest, largest and most famous doll’s house in the world, complete with thousands of miniature pieces of furniture…. Liz is quite the hoarder. If you’re an art buff, you’ll love this next bit. On to the State Apartments which hold some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. You’ll literally have neck ache from gazing up at original Rembrandt’s, being mesmerised by the chandeliers and dazzled by the sheer volume of gold leaf on the mirrors, frames and knobs….. doorknobs that is. What we enjoyed the most, was the Grand Staircase and Vestibule. This area is caped in amour and weapons from around the world, flags from all different eras and other fascinating trinkets (check out the 360 degree virtual tour). Photos inside the castle aren’t allowed however we got a sneaky one. Here’s a clearer one however (below). (Source) If this tickles your fancy then make sure you stop by the Suite of Armour. This room was designed for Henry VIII back in the 1500s and is still home to his very own famous suit of armour. Let’s just say, it’s sizeable. Some of the smaller but most amazing pieces in Windsor Castle are: Napoleon’s letter of surrender, his iconic red cloak and even previously unseen letters from the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. This is every history geek’s fantasy come true! Head outside of the castle and into St George’s Chapel. This magnificent chapel is immaculate and every bit a royal work of art in itself. Do make sure it’s open to the public when you buy your ticket though. It is often closed for private services. There is lots to see at Windsor Castle so make sure you allow 2 hours at the very least to check out all the nooks and crannies. Before you leave, you must try and catch the Changing of The Guard. This happens at numerous intervals throughout the day but times change each season so best to do your homework before you go. It’s a very cool spectacle if you haven’t seen it before. We were lucky enough to catch it just outside the State Apartments… … what a great excuse for a selfie. Beyond the castle walls Windsor is a cracking little town offering lots outside the castle walls including a photo opportunity with the Royal Highness herself. HI LIZ. Head to the arcade and explore the markets, boutique shops and plentiful restaurants. It really is a beautiful town. Choose anything from a spot of traditional afternoon tea to high street classics or alternatively just fill your face with fresh, homemade fudge from Fudge Kitchen… It will change your life. And yes, they offer samples too… We checked… many times. To walk the fudge off, take an amble down the Long Walk for a crackin’ view or instead, head down the hill to the river Thames and cross over to Eton… Posh aye don’t you know. There are lots of towns and villages in the UK that are must-see’s but few with as much Royal heritage as Windsor. I hope this has inspired you to pay Windsor a visit. If you do, tell Liz to pop the kettle on. The Globe Wanderers will be back soon 😉 Like it? Help our little blog out and give it a pin would you? You’re a doll. TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmail Abbi from Life in a rucksack ✈ Awesome post guys! I love Windsor Castle – but I have never actually been inside it. I love the long walk up to it – particularly stunning in Autumn with all the crisp leaves! Great photos. Looking forward to hearing about Greece! Abbi http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thanks, Abbi. Pleased you enjoyed the post and liked all the pics. The walk is certainly worth it and make sure to step inside sometime. Its pretty impressive stuff 🙂 http://travellousworld.com Maaike – travellousworld.com I absolutely loved Windsor when I visited in Spring. Such a surprise! I really had no idea what to expect, and certainly didn’t expect the castle being mid centre in town! We even saw the dogs from a distance and (presumably) Elizabeth being driven off in this posh car with blinded windows. But apparently it’s quite common to see her. I’ve a friend working in Eton and she says she sees the Queen occasionally http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Cheers, Maaike. Its such a pretty place. Not sure how many visit it when travelling to the UK but its so worth it. Ah, cool. Hope you got a cheeky photo of the car and dogs. Perhaps a selfie? 😉 Erin Windsor is one of my favorite castles! Your post makes me want to go back ASAP! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thank you, Erin. Aw, pleased the post did its job! http://chocolatour.net/ Doreen Pendgracs Wow!!! I had no idea there was so much to see at Windsor Castle. Thx so much for sharing, and I love your pics! Looks like you had an awesome time. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hey, Doreen. Yea, the castle is crammed full of amazing things. Pleased you enjoyed the photos. We had a great day. http://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/ Once in a Lifetime Journey Who doesn’t like visiting castles and seeing how people in aristocracy used to live like? http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Exactly! We felt all very regal…until we returned to our tiny little apartment 🙂 https://www.twomonkeystravelgroup.com Mary Charie – TwoMonkeysTravel Oh boy! I’m so in love with British castles, and your post just made me sooo jelly!! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Haha, all jelly is good. Have you been able to visit many of our castles? Arvin- Kohli WOW beautiful Pictures, next time I am in England will visit, thank you!! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thank you, Arvin. Definitely visit when next in the UK. Spring is a great time to head to Windsor! http://www.compassandfork.com elizabeth We loved Windsor Castle so much history. If you time your visit right you can visit Buckingham Palace – another great one! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Its packed full of history right? So lucky in the UK to have such rich history. Yea we can visit with our year pass I believe so must do that 🙂 Karla Ramos Oh Windsor castle was great. I learned so much. We went after our walking tour, we enjoyed it a lot . http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Walking tour? Sounds cool… James will surely be checking that out now. Thanks for reading, Karla. http://www.tracietravels.com Tracie Howe When I visit the inside of a castle, this is what I expect to see. Unfortunately I have never seen such a place in person. Very cool hearing about your visit. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Still plenty of time, Tracie. We’ve visited a few glam castles in the UK but not many rival Windsor. Hope you manage to visit someday Gemma Suits you sir! I do hate how it’s these castles that make us so typically British but it’s what foreigners adore about the UK! I’m more about the disused mining towns and failing shipyards! The grim but authentic Britain. Beautiful photos though, you sell it very well! http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Hi Gemma. Haha, I know. When I’ve been abroad I’ve been asked by many if I see the Queen at all. Bless. Ah the shipyards etc are great. Bristol is good for that 🙂 Grim but authentic… think that sums up a fair bit of Britain haha Gemma Bristol has to get a visit soon! So many people recommend it. Kimberly The photos are beautiful, Windsor is probably one of the few Big castles I have not gone to see, tho it looks like a fun day. AHAH I am a medieval historian and I study architecture so some of the older castles in the UK are what get me. Rye is amazing for example http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Thank you, Kimberley. Pleased you enjoyed the pics. We’ve not visited Rye yet but thanks for the info. We’ll make sure to check it out. Some ruins are so fascinating and just as beautiful. Hope you get to visit Windsor next time. http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers Ah thanks, Miriam. You’ll just have to come back soon then 🙂 Hope you had a lovely time in London!