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Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is the official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen and its rich history spans almost 1000 years. The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares and contains:-

  • Magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection
  • St George's Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs)
  • Queen Mary's Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature
  • The Drawings Gallery Exhibition

During the winter months an additional five rooms, known collectively as the Semi-State Rooms, are included in the visitor route.

Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present - 22 June 2013 to Sunday, 26 January 2014

Members of the British Royal family have been inspired to paint, draw and sculpt for generations. A new exhibition at Windsor Castle will show examples of their handiwork from the last 350 years, including detailed architectural drawings, atmospheric landscapes and intimate portraits of family members.

The exhibition will feature works by King George III and his children, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HM The Queen.

Also on display will be a series of watercolours by HRH The Prince of Wales. The Prince has painted throughout his adult life, during holidays and when his official diary allows.  The Prince of Wales often paints in the open air, particularly on The Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, and he takes great pleasure in the challenges of observing, and then recording, involved in this particularly British art form.

Visit their website for more information, opening time and online booking

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castel St Georges Chapel

To get there from the Americana: take the Bakerloo Line northbound from Baker Street to Paddington.
Take the exit to the railways station and take any train to Slough.
At Slough you change to a local service that runs betweem Slough and Windsor.
The Castle is right outside the station.

You will need to buy a railways ticket when you get to Paddington, you will not be able to use a Travel Card or Oyster Card on the train.

 

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