Windsor Castle from Castle Hill - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing part of Windsor Castle taken from Castle Hill. Image taken in early April 2011.
Windsor Castle from Castle Hill - FURTHER INFORMATION
Windsor Castle from Castle Hill - Windsor visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Windsor Castle from Castle Hill' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Berkshire.
Windsor Castle is the top tourist attraction in Windsor, and one of the top 20 tourist attractions in the UK, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. With a history spanning nearly 1000 years, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
Originally a motte and bailey castle built by William the Conqueror in the decade after the Norman conquest of 1066, the castle continued to expand and develop in subsequent centuries. Almost every monarch subsequently added to the castle, with Henry II starting the trend in the 12th century.
King John used Windsor Castle as a base during the the negotiations before the signing of the Magna Carta at nearby Runnymede in 1215 after the revolt of the English Barons in 1214. In the 15th century construction of the St. George's Chapel began and the Henry VIII Gateway added in the 16th century. After the English Civil War, the castle was used for various state functions as well as being the official residence of the Sovereign.
Windsor Castle - Tourism HighlightsHighlights of a visit to Windsor Castle include:
- State Apartments - tour of the magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection.
- St George's Chapel - one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs.
- Queen Mary's Dolls House - a fascinating miniature masterpiece.
- The Drawings Gallery - containing rotating exhibitions.
- Conquer the Tower - additional tour covering the Round Tower with breathtaking views across several counties from the top.
- Changing of the Guard - daily (unless it rains) event with parade down Castle Hill and through Windsor to the barracks.
Entrance to Windsor Castle is ticketed, entrance fees apply. Combined tickets can be purchased to cover both the general Windsor Castle tours and the Conquer the Tower tour.
Phone: +44 020 7766 7304
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Bus: Windsor Town Centre, Castle Hill (5, 6, 6A, 71 (to Slough), 77 (to Heathrow Airport), 582, M4).
Flight: Heathrow Airport, 12 miles east of Windsor.
Road: Windsor is close to junction 6 of the M4, about 30 miles west of central London and 8 miles from the M25.
Train: Windsor & Eton Central Rail Station, Windsor & Eton Riverside Rail Station.