On the top of Berkshire’s things to do list is a visit to the Windsor Castle. The castle has a rich history dating back to the 11th Century when it was built after the Norman invasion. Currently, the castle is the oldest and largest occupied in the world and the preferred weekend home of Elizabeth II. It is also a popular tourist destination and for good reason. The changing of the guards, State Apartments, St. George’s Chapel, and Long Walk are considered “must see’s”.
Changing of the Guard
Guardsmen are recognizable worldwide for their perfectly worn full dress red uniforms and perfect execution of calculated movements while on duty. The changing of the guard takes place when a new group of guardsmen, usually accompanied by a band, march through the streets and into the castle to replace the existing guard. Changing of the guard takes place daily during the months of April-July and on alternate days during the months of August-March.
It’s important to note that the event is weather dependent and a band will not accompany the new guardsmen when it is raining.
St. George’s Chapel
St. George’s Chapel is home to the Order of the Garter, which is the highest order of chivalry in the United Kingdom. St. George is also well known for its architectural beauty, often being deemed one of the most beautiful buildings in all of England. It has been home to numerous royal weddings and funerals and hosts numerous annual events.
The State Apartments are elaborately decorated royal rooms used for state functions and events. They may be visited only when the Queen is not at the castle. Notable artwork in the Apartments include that of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and others.
The Long Walk in Windsor Park
The long walk gives visitors the chance to step out of the architectural realm and into the natural. Stretching a little over 4kms, the Long Walk provides beautiful views of the Windsor Park. In addition, the walk towards the castle gives guests a unique and spectacular view of the castle.
Windsor Castle is a tourist staple in the United Kingdom. Guest reviews are high and access is easy. It is important to note that a visit from the Queen or other officials might close parts of the castle, so it’s important to plan your trip in advance.