5 hours duration
Your guide will meet you at Paddington station, or your London Hotel. Paddington Station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is a grand start for our short train ride to Windsor itself. Leaving the train station we’ll walk around the corner to get our first glimpse of this grand castle. A truly spectacular view, a medieval castle nestled right in heart of modern town centre.
Once we clear security, we are inside the royal residence with a vast area to explore. Lets start by taking a short stroll to see if Her Majesty is in today? Moving on we pass the original parts of the castle, also this our chance to admire the perfectly manicured gardens.
Making our way inside, your guide will show you models of the castle so you can see the buildings evolution over time. Now is a great time to hear some stories about the monarchs who have called the castle home.
Now its time to enter the State Apartments, with two routes available for us to see, don’t worry there’s plenty of time to see both.
Beginning with the Ceremonial route, we will make our way through rooms still in use for state events by Her Majesty. Prepare to be dazzled by the gold used in decoration, rooms truly fit for a King or Queen!
The Historical route is equally ornate, however the rooms are more compact. That’s not to say they’re sparsely decorated though, where else can you find pieces by Titian and Rembrandt hanging next to each other? All the artefacts are part of the royal collection, they are moved around the castle and sometimes loaned to other exhibits, but your guide will make sure you see the best of what’s on display.
Leaving the State Apartments we have time to visit the gift shop, maybe you’d like your own gold ornament to dazzle your guests at home!
Now is our chance to visit somewhere famous from more recent history, St Georges chapel, venue for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but also many more weddings over the years. We’re aware of its recent use as a working church, but your guide can tell you much more about this beautiful gothic structure. Final resting place for several British Monarchs, mind your step, don’t want to tread tomb of Henry VIII as we make our way around!
Before we return back to London, we can take time to wander down the Long Walk for an iconic picture of the castle, or perhaps you’d prefer to see the canal boats on the Thames between Windsor and Eton. We’ll make our way back to station for the short journey to London, time to reflect on your visit and for our guide to help with suggestions and ideas for the rest of your stay.
Brillaint overview of an historic town
Explore one of Her Majesty’s oldest castles
Guaranteed to avoid long lines
Departure Point: Paddington Railway Station
Address: Praed St, London W2 1 HQ
Directions: Tour departs from the main entrance section of Paddington Railway Station. Your Guide will be holding a sign with the lead customers name.
Whilst we normally start tours from the railway station, if you are staying in a city centre hotel our guide can meet you there, subject to conifrmation.