LWL... | DAY OUT : ROYAL WINDSOR & WINDSOR CASTLE
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER | 2017
Choose to spend the whole day exploring Royal Windsor or add in a visit to Windsor Castle
2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the restoration of the State Apartments at Windsor Castle, which were devastated when fire broke out in 1992 - the year Her Majesty The Queen described as her 'Annus Horribilis'. Join us on this Great Day Out and explore this magnificent official residence of The Queen - still very much a working royal palace, used for ceremonial and State occasions, hosting State Visits from monarchs and presidents from all over the world.
Having organised popular visits to London and Buckingham Palace before, we are now off to explore wonderful Windsor! Choose to visit just Windsor itself and spend the day exploring the town as you wish... shopping, dining or perhaps enjoying a boat cruise on the River Thames, or make some time to also include a wander around Windsor Castle - the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and family home of British Kings and Queens for almost 1,000 years.
Tour the State Apartments & Semi-State Rooms
Windsor Castle has been the home of 39 monarchs, and the appearance of the State Apartments today reflects the changing tastes of the Castle’s royal occupants, particularly Charles II (r.1660-85) and George IV (r.1820-30). The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Many of the works of art are still in the historic settings for which they were first collected or commissioned by the Kings and Queens who have lived at Windsor.
September is one of the best times of the year to visit Windsor Castle as the spectacular private apartments created for George IV are also open. These Semi-State Rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining.
On 20 November 1992 a fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the Castle. The restoration of the Castle, particularly St George’s Hall and the Grand Reception Room, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe. The Semi-State Rooms were also severely damaged by the fire, although, by good fortune, their contents had been moved elsewhere at the time. They were completely restored to their 19th-century appearance using the original designs supplied to George IV.
Marvel at the magnificence of Queen Mary's Dolls' House
Among the highlights of a visit to Windsor is Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the largest, most beautiful and most famous dolls’ house in the world. Built for Queen Mary by the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1921 and 1924, this most magical of residences is a perfect replica in miniature of an aristocratic home.
Step inside St George's Chapel
St George's Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture
in England and is particularly noted for its magnificent stone fan
vaulting. It is the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, the
senior order of British Chivalry established in 1348 by Edward III.
Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.
Take in a Precincts Tour
As the perfect start to your visit, you can join a free 30-minute tour of the Castle Precincts. The tours are led by the Wardens, dressed in their striking red and black Windsor livery, and depart at regular intervals throughout the day from the Courtyard at the start of the visit. The Precincts tour introduces the Castle’s 900-year history as a fortress and palace, and its role today as an official residence of The Queen. It ends at the entrance to the State Apartments on Henry VIII’s North Terrace, from where spectacular views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed.
Swing by the Castle's shops!
The four shops around Windsor Castle offer a wide range of exclusive
gift items inspired by the works of art in the Royal Collection, many of
which are displayed at Windsor Castle; stock up on homeware,
china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards.
Saturday 23 September, 2017
Option 1 £50pp (Windsor AND Windsor Castle Admission | Return Luxury Coach Travel | Services of a Courier)
Option 2 £35pp (Windsor Only | Return Luxury Coach Travel | Services of a Courier)
Please note that if you have to cancel your booking, for whatever reason, we are unable to issue any refunds - please see our full T&Cs below.
Destination | Windsor & Windsor Castle
Pick-Up Salisbury | 8:00am
Pick-Up Amesbury | 8:15am
Depart Windsor | 6:00pm
Return Salisbury (via Amesbury) | between 8:00pm and 9:00pm approx
GOOD TO KNOW
Visiting the Castle If you are choosing Option 1 to include a visit to the Castle, you're welcome to start your tour at any time (last admission 3pm) - a typical visit lasts 2 to 3 hours. To make the most of your time at Windsor, pick up one of the free self-guided multimedia tours in the Courtyard at the start of your visit.
The tour is introduced by The Prince of Wales, Chairman of the Royal
Collection Trust and takes you through the Castle Precincts, the State
Apartments and St George’s Chapel. The commentary provides a lively
guide to the Castle’s history, from William the Conqueror, through
medieval expansion, George IV’s gothic transformation and The Queen’s
use of the Castle today.
Shopping in Windsor
Retail therapy is one of the top reasons to come to Royal Windsor and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants for ‘fuel stops’ and people watching! Visit the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, King Edward Court or take a short scenic walk across the river for a beautiful browse around Eton.
Fancy a Boat Cruise? During your time in Windsor, you might like to include a cruise on the River Thames. More information about the cruises running from Windsor, can be found here www.frenchbrothers.co.uk
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OPTION 1 | WINDSOR & WINDSOR CASTLE
OPTION 2 | WINDSOR ONLY
IMAGERY | TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT
- The Grand Reception Room - Mark Fiennes - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
- Windsor Castle from the Long Walk - Dennis Gilbert - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
- St George's Hall - Mark Fiennes - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
- The King's Bedchamber - Ian Jones - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016
- St George's Chapel - John Freeman - Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016