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Windsor Castle Tours from London
Windsor Castle: tours from London

Windsor Castle and the town of Windsor and Eton in which the Castle stands is on the outskirts of London, close to Heathrow Airport, London's busiest airport. It is quite easy to visit Windsor Castle independently from London using public transport. There are two frequent train services to Windsor, one from London Paddington, the other London Waterloo.

Most tour buses from London that visit Windsor though are on day tours of which Windsor is just one attraction of normally three places visited. Because Windsor is relatively close to London it is either going to be the first or last stop on such a day tour.

Best Windsor Castle tours   Visit length   Changing of the Guard   Half day tours   Windsor combined tours  

A Windsor Castle day trip is a very popular choice with most London tourists. Windsor Castle hosted two Royal weddings in 2018 between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May and then Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October.

St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle has never been more in the public eye, so visiting Windsor now offers more than just fascinating ancient history.

What are the best Windsor Castle tours from London?

Tours to Windsor are varied. Some include a visit to Windsor Castle, others allow you enough time to look around, but whether you choose to book tickets is up to you. You could easily spend two or three hours at Windsor without entering the Castle, though clearly this is the highlight for many.

Important: St George's Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays. Any tours leaving on Sunday will not include entry to the chapel and resting place of Queen Elizabeth II.

If you just want to visit Windsor Castle and no other attraction, Windsor Castle half day morning tour or Windsor Castle half day afternoon tour might be right for you.

If time is short and you would like to combine your time at Windsor Castle with other tourist attractions, there are plenty of potential tours - many including the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, or perhaps Bath - that you can choose from.

A popular tour right now is the extended Windsor and Stonehenge tour that gives you half a day at each attraction.

Below we have tour combinations such as:

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath small group

Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford

Windsor & Bath

Windsor and Buckingham Palace

Windsor Castle and the London Eye

Windsor Castle and Hampton Court

How much time do tours give you inside Windsor Castle?

Bear in mind that whilst the Windsor Castle web site says you need three hours to visit, many tourists only take about 90 mins - 2 hours. The tour companies usually factor this in for morning and afternoon tours so you would have around 2-2.5 hours to spend in Windsor. if you select a tour with three destinations in one day then you'll have less time to explore Windsor but still enough time at the Castle. If you'd prefer longer at Windsor then you can consider travelling independently.

Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle tours from london changing of the guards
Windsor Castle Guards

If you wish to see the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, this usually takes place at 11am within the Castle grounds Mondays to Saturdays from April until the end of July.

During the rest of the year and weather permitting, it takes place on alternate days. If you take a morning tour and only have 90 minutes, you'll be leaving as it starts, however most tours do allow two hours, allowing you to see this ceremony. On an afternoon tour it is not possible to see the Changing of the Guard.

Your coach will park around ten minutes' walk away from the Castle itself, so do bear this in mind when thinking about how much time you will have to explore, after factoring getting there and back.

If you wish to visit St George's Chapel, this is closed on Sunday. So make sure you do not book a tour on this day if this is a priority for you.

Simple half day tour to Windsor Castle - am or pm

Windsor Castle tour from london sightseeing
Windsor Castle Guards

For those who would like a longer time in Windsor, a simple half day tour is probably going to be best. This will give you the longest possible time in Windsor on a tour, outside of travelling there by your own steam on public transport.

You'll have time to explore not only the Castle and its grounds, but also have time in the historic town, with its range of restaurants and cafe's for lunch, shops and even a walk - or boat trip - by the Thames.

Windsor Castle half day morning tour 

Windsor Castle half day afternoon tour 

Windsor Castle Tours from London - Morning

Windsor Castle tours from Londoninside courtyard
Windsor Castle inside courtyard


Windsor Castle tours from London
Windsor Castle from the road outside

Runs all year Monday to Friday

A straight forward proposition of return coach travel between London and Windsor with entrance tickets to Windsor Castle and some free time to explore Windsor and Eton. This tour is perfect for those wanting to take a morning visit to Windsor with their afternoon and evening free in London.

The whole tour takes around four hours, including travelling time, leaving you ample enough time to explore the historic town, and also the Castle and grounds at your own pace.

Windsor Town and Castle

Windsor is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. From William the Conqueror all the way through to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, successive monarchs have lived at Windsor Castle and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world.

St George's Chapel

Your tour will offer you the chance to see the splendor of St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. It is now also an iconic Royal wedding venue with coverage bringing it to the attention of millions worldwide.

State Apartments and Queen Mary's Doll's House

One of the other main attractions at Windsor Castle are the sumptuous State Apartments, still used for State occasions and Royal receptions. Another highlight is Queen Mary's Doll's House, an exquisite single miniature dolls' house built for Queen Mary by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1921 and 1924, complete with miniature crown jewels.

There is so much more to do at this ancient Royal Castle; for lovers of art, history and royals, it is a must-see destination if you are staying in London. The tour returns to London around 1.30pm. Use the banner below to book your place.

Half day Windsor Castle tour from London

HALF DAY WINDSOR CASTLE TOUR FROM LONDON - MORNING TOUR

Half day Windsor Castle tour from London

Morning half-day Windsor Castle tour from London

Adult £67 • Child (up to 15 years) £61

• 2.5 hours at Windsor Castle • Pick up from Victoria & Earls Court in London • Entrance into Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Tours from London - Afternoon

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle part of the Windsor Castle tour from London

If you wish to visit Windsor Castle in the afternoon, this is a tour that runs nearly every day during the summer months, and at least three days a week during the winter months.

Departure if from Golden Tours Visitor Centre, Victoria at 1.30pm or Golden Tours Visitor Centre, Kensington at 1.45pm, during the summer months. During the winter months it is 11.30am and 11.45pm respectively.

You will get entrance to Windsor Castle State Apartments as well as St George's Chapel and you can see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. As this is an afternoon tour the changing of the guards will have been completed by the time you arrive, if Changing of the Guards at Windsor is important to you then you should opt for a morning tour instead.

Audio guides for Windsor Castle are available in: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese & Spanish. Free Wi-Fi is available on board your coach.

This tour is unescorted and you will spend approximately two hours in Windsor Castle. Use the banner below to book your place.

Half day Windsor Castle tour from London

HALF DAY WINDSOR CASTLE TOUR FROM LONDON - AFTERNOON TOUR

Half day Windsor Castle tour from London

Afternoon half-day Windsor Castle tour from London

Adult £67 • Child (3-16 years) £62 • Senior & student £64

• 2 hours at Windsor Castle • Pick up from central London • Finishes in Victoria or Kensington • Entrance into Windsor Castle

Windsor Combination Tours many featuring Stonehenge

You can visit Windsor as part of a full day tour visiting three world class attractions in one day. Here are a few permutations of the Windsor tour, many which include Stonehenge, but also other top sites such as Oxford or Bath.

Extended Windsor and Stonehenge tour

Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath

Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath small group tour

Windsor and Bath

Windsor & Buckingham Palace

Windsor & London Eye

Windsor & Hampton Court Palace

2-day Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath & Oxford

Windsor and Stonehenge extended tour - featuring extended visits to both attractions

Most combination tours include three of the main must see attractions such as Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath. This tour is slightly different in that it focuses on Windsor Castle and Stonehenge only. This gives you more time at both Windsor Castle and Stonehenge.

With that extra time, roughly 3.5 hours in Windsor, you can not only explore the incredible Castle but also Windsor itself, which is a beautiful town on the River Thames. There are plenty of coffee shops to enjoy in Windsor or you might like to take a short boat trip down the Thames to see the Castle from the water.

Your time in Stonehenge is also extended so if you do not want to be rushing around and like to take your time, then this tour might suit you perfectly. The tour visits Stonehenge in the morning and spends the afternoon in Windsor. Changing of the Guard takes place in the morning at Windsor, so if this is a must see for you then this tour will not give you that opportunity.

Check out our experience of this Extended Windsor Castle Stonehenge tour on our blog. Use the banner below to book your place.

Stonehenge

STONEHENGE & WINDSOR TOUR

Stonehenge & Windsor Castle tour from London

With extended time at Windsor & Stonehenge

Adult £104 • Child (3-16 years) £94 • Senior & student £99

• Extended visit to Windsor Castle • Extended access to Stonehenge • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath tour

This tour visits Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath in that order. It is one of the most popular tours as you will experience three iconic attractions in one day.

You have various options on this tour.

Choose from:

  • Coach tour only (no entrances)
  • Entrance to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle (free time in Bath)
  • Entrances to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle plus Roman Baths at Bath

Included on this tour (option 3) is: admissions to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Roman Baths, professional guide, transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach, panoramic coach tour of Bath, audio headset in Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Roman Baths, entrance to the Georgian Pump Room and free Wi-Fi on the coach. 

Use the banner below to book your place at our exclusive price.

Windsor Castle

WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & BATH TOUR (entries included)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath tour from London

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath guided day tour from London

EXCLUSIVE PRICES: • Adult £127 • Child (3-16 years) £117

• Admissions to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Roman Baths • Professional guide • Luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi • Panoramic tour of Bath • Entrance to Georgian Pump Room

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford tour

This tour visits Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford in a day and includes entrances to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge with a guided walking tour of Oxford; 'The City of Dreaming Spires'.

Use the banner below to book your place. If you'd like to visit the areas without entry included for the attractions there are options to reduce costs by removing entry tickets to the Castle or Stonehenge.

Windsor Castle

WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & OXFORD TOUR

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford tour from London

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford guided day tour from London

Adult £105 • Child (3-16 years) £95

• Admissions to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge • Walking tour of Oxford • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath small group tour

This small group tour has a maximum of 16 people and visits Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath. It visits Stonehenge first which is usually quieter early in the morning. It then visits Bath and finally Windsor. Being a small group tour you have an expert guide, executive mini-coach and it runs every day. Use the banner below to book your place.

Stonehenge

WINDSOR, STONEHENGE & BATH SMALL GROUP TOUR

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath small group day tour from London

Small group day tour of Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

Adult £154 • Child (3-15 years) £134

• Max 16 people per tour • Admission to Stonehenge & Windsor Castle • Walking tour of Georgian and Roman Bath • Executive mini coach with expert guide • Visit Stonehenge first to beat the crowd

Windsor Castle and Bath day tour

This day tour focuses on just Windsor Castle and Bath City which gives you more time in both. This tour is very flexible with options to add on just Windsor Castle or Windsor Castle with the Roman Baths.

This day tour gives you access to two of England's most famous sites in one less-intensive tour day.

Windsor & Bath tour from London

WINDSOR CASTLE & BATH TOUR FROM LONDON

Windsor & Bath tour from London

Windsor & Bath tour from London

Adult from £69 • Child (3-16 years) from £59 • Senior & student from £64

• Round trip from London in comfortable coach visiting Windsor & Bath • Options to add on entrances to both Windsor Castle & Roman Baths

Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace tour

Two iconic Royal residences in one day.

This tour will spend the morning at Buckingham Palace followed by the afternoon at at Windsor Castle.

Due to the summer-only nature of the openings of Buckingham Palace this tour is only available from the end of July to late September.

windsor castle

WINDSOR CASTLE AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE FROM LONDON

Buckingham Palace

Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace - available end July - end September

• Adult from £107 • Child (3-16 years) from £97 • Senior & student from £104

• Entry to Windsor Castle • Entry to Buckingham Palace • Professional guide • Luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi • London in Your Pocket app access

Windsor Castle and the London Eye (or fish and chips lunch)

Windsor Castle in the morning, followed by a ride on the unforgettable London Eye in the afternoon. This tour is a sure winner.

When you click the link below you can choose beteen three options - just Windsor Castle as a half day tour, or Windsor plus the London Eye or alternatively a fish and chips lunch.

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WINDSOR CASTLE AND THE LONDON EYE

Buckingham Palace

Windsor Castle morning tour with the London Eye in the afternoon

• Adult from £99 • Child (3-16 years) from £89 • Senior & student from £96

• Entry to Windsor Castle • 1 ride on the London Eye • Professional guide • Luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi


London, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

Take a panoramic guided tour of London before you enjoy entry to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.

In London see Parliament Square and the 12 statues of famous statesmen including Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill. Pass by Trafalgar Square, home to Nelson’s Column, which honours Admiral Nelson in his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Then, it’s on to Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner and Kensington before heading to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.

  • Panoramic tour of London
  • See two historic royal English landmarks
  • A fully guided tour with a professional guide
  • Return travel from London on a comfortable coach
Windsor Castle

LONDON, WINDSOR CASTLE & HAMPTON COURT PALACE

London, Windsor Castle & Hampton Court

Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and London tour

• Panoramic tour of London • Entry to Hampton Court Palace, Maze & Gardens • Entry to Windsor Castle State Apartments • Luxury air-conditioned coach • Professional tour guide

 

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