Windsor Castle Day Trip
Enjoy a day trip to Windsor Castle
A day trip to Windsor Castle will fill your day with an abundance of photo opportunities and a fascinating lesson in medieval history. There is so much history behind this castle that we can only touch the surface here.
Windsor Castle is the largest castle in the world today that is still occupied. An official residence to the Queen, this 900 plus year old castle continues as a full working palace and covers an area of 26 acres.
The castle was first built after the Norman invasion in order to maintain Norman dominance along the western outskirts of London. It also overlooked and protected a strategic part of the River Thames, having a mote and bailey. Originally constructed of wood the castle was gradually rebuilt with stone to improve the fortification. Henry III built an elaborate royal palace inside the walls of the castle around the middle of the 13th century. Later Edward III rebuilt much of the palace with even more extravagance.
Windsor Castle has served as a home and fortress for Monarchs for it's 900 year history. It stood up to invasions during the First Barons' War in the early 13th century and during the civil war in the 15th century it served as headquarters to Parliamentary military forces. As recently as the Second World War the castle provided protection to the Royal Family from bombing campaigns.
Windsor Castle is only a short distance from Legoland so you may want to combine the two into a single day trip. It certainly possible however, to spend a full day exploring either each one separately.
Windsor Castle is open most days of the year for visitors and tours from 9:45 am to 5:15 pm except until 4:15 pm from November to February. You can get free admission to Windsor Castle if you have purchased the London Pass.
For more information about Windsor Castle including hours and admission charges visit their official website: Windsor Castle