Tips

How to Visit Windsor Castle

Here's everything you need to know about planning a trip to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding venue.
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES
Comments

In advance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, here's everything you need to plan a trip to their wedding venue: Windsor Castle.

THE BEST WAY TO VISIT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE.

If you want to get an up-close view of the altar where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be married, Evensong is a must. Better yet, there's no charge to attend this service at St. George's Chapel; simply line up at 5:15 p.m. near the castle gate. You'll then be ushered into the church, to take your seats in the quire in one of the stalls of the Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter. This is where the royal family will likely sit during the wedding ceremony.

Follow along with the choir with the handout provided, or simply spend the 45-minute-long ritual admiring the intricate fan vaulted ceiling and stunning stained-glass window, or trying to catch a glimpse of the grave of King Henry VIII, which lies in front of the altar.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The service takes place every night except Wednesdays. Get the full schedule here.

GENERAL ADMISSION IS WORTH THE PRICE.

Evensong is lovely, but it's still worth paying general admission to see the rest of the castle grounds, the State Apartments, and the Semi-State Rooms. Admission generally costs £21.20 per ticket for adults (there are slight discounts for children under 17, students, and visitors with disabilities and those who are over 60), and it will take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to visit.

The castle is normally open every day, but as it is a working royal palace, sometimes portions of the Castle will close to the public. View the closure schedule on royalcollection.org.uk.

IF YOU BUY YOUR TICKET THROUGH THE CASTLE, IT'S VALID FOR A FULL YEAR.

Simply ask a warden to stamp it for you before you leave the site.

ORDER YOUR TICKET AHEAD OF TIME.

If possible, book your tickets online, and have them shipped to your residence before you leave for Windsor. If you have your ticket in hand, you'll be able to skip some of the queues. That said, you will need to go through airport-style security before entering the castle for your visit.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

TAKING A TOUR CAN REALLY ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Take a free 30-minute Precincts tour to get a better perspective on the castle grounds. Or if you'd like an all-encompassing tour of both the town and the historic structure, consider booking an afternoon with a local professional Blue Badge tour guide.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Caroline Hallemann
View Other Articles From Caroline Hallemann
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
“There are no easy answers but we owe it to the future to explore it right?”
 
Share
Manila’s top jewelers talk to us about what it takes to repurpose cherished heirlooms.
 
Share
A preppy staple and a beloved designer teamed up to create the patterned accessories of your dreams.
 
Share
Now you can order your bubbly at the press of a button.
 
Share
The greatest drama in theater today might be a battle over how to behave. Is texting ever OK during a performance (even for Rihanna)?
 
Share
A documentary on his recent tour of Africa with Meghan Markle is in the making.
 
Share
Launched in 1901, the original Mercedes 35 HP marked the new age of automobiles.
 
Share
They’re pushing the boundaries of philanthropy by incorporating sustainable practices.
 
Share
Impeccable taste seems to be a royal family trait.
 
Share
From how quickly you should send a thank-you note to the perils of re-gifting.
 
Share
Billionaire senators Villar and Pacquiao retain the top spots.
 
Share
Former Hearst CEO, Frank Bennack, shares lessons learned from 28 years in the C-suite.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US