Windsor Castle has been home to British kings and queens for nearly 1,000 years. The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, it was recently the setting for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. If you weren’t able to be there for the wedding (along with 110,000 others in the procession route), you can still enjoy seeing Windsor Castle’s beautiful grounds including St. George’s Chapel where the couple was wed.
If you’re visiting now through January 6, 2019, be sure to catch the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. This temporary exhibit will feature the couple’s wedding outfits, including The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress displayed alongside The Duke’s frockcoat uniform. Also displayed are the outfits worn by Their Royal Highness’s Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their roles as pageboy and bridesmaid.
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath Tour
Windsor Castle is located 26 miles (42 km) outside of London and makes for the perfect day trip when combined with a few other attractions. The Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Tour is one such popular option. Enjoy riding in a comfortable motor coach to Windsor Castle where you’ll see the magnificent State Apartments, still used for state occasions and royal receptions. Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the fourteenth-century St. George’s Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. You can also watch the Changing of the Guard on most Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.
From Windsor Castle, you’ll travel to the mysterious, ancient stone circle of Stonehenge. Dating back thousands of years, this amazing feat of engineering is the most important prehistoric site in England. Spend the rest of the afternoon in the charming town of Bath. If you’re visiting this December, you’ll get to experience Bath merrily decorated for Christmas. Whatever time of year you visit, you can enjoy the beauty of this Georgian town with some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and The Assembly Rooms. You’ll also have the option to add a visit to the famous Roman Baths where the naturally warm spring is still in operation after more than 2,000 years. Or, stop for a decadent afternoon high tea featuring champagne, blinis and scones at the nearby Grand Pump Room.
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford Tour
This popular tour option starts with a visit to both Windsor Castle and Stonehenge before traveling to the historic university town of Oxford. Since 1249, Oxford has been a prestigious seat of learning. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of the city, including Trinity College, the Sheldonian Theatre, the newly renovated Ashmolean Museum, and the Martyr’s Memorial. See Divinity School, made famous in the Harry Potter films, and learn why this magical city inspired so many writers, including Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Windsor Castle in Summer
Even if you can’t make it to England this December for the special exhibit, Windsor Castle is a must-see destination year-round. Experience a summer day tour that includes a two-course lunch in a nearby 14th century hotel. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll through the enchanting grounds and see the award-winning gardens in bloom.
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