Things to do at Windsor Castle
As the oldest and largest occupied Castle in the world, Windsor Castle plays a fascinating part in British history and has been the home of the Royal Family for over 900 years. Covering an area of about 26 acres, there is plenty to see and do in and around the grounds which is open to the public nearly all year round.
This internationally famous attraction draws in tourists by the thousands every year and it's not hard to see why. Visitors can start their journey through Windsor Castle by taking a trip to the impressive State Apartments which are decorated with treasures from the Royal Collection and contain rare paintings from Rembrandt, Rubens and Gainsborough.
St George's Chapel is something guests definitely shouldn't leave off the list of things to see when visiting the Castle as it is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. As one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, it is also the burial place of 10 monarchs including Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour.
Windsor Castle also boasts the most famous dolls' house in the world, Queen Mary's Dolls House. Spectators can't help but be thoroughly impressed by the design which took 1,500 craftsmen, artists and authors over three years to complete. With electric lighting, hot and cold running water and even flushing lavatories, the chances of seeing something so remarkable anywhere else is minimal.
Anyone who loves art will feel right at home in the magnificent Drawings Gallery which displays changing exhibitions and a selection of treasures from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. As the displays do vary from time to time, it is advisable to check what is currently being shown if there is something in particular you want to see.
During the winter months, guests can enjoy an extra special treat as there are an additional five rooms which are included in the visitor route. Open until the end of March, the Semi-State rooms, otherwise known as George IV's Private Apartments, are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and provide a captivating insight into how the Royal Family lives.
Watching the Changing of the Guard is one of the most popular things for tourists to do when visiting Windsor Castle. Dates vary from month to month and it is weather permitting so again, it is wise to check before-hand to make sure you will be at the Castle on a day when you can see this.
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