Windsor Castle sits in the quaint village of Windsor, which is just a short train ride west of London. With just a quick change in Slough, you’re there in no time. It may seem like a hassle to leave London, but it is definitely worth it and not as difficult as you might think. I had The London Pass, which not only granted me admission to the castle, but also got me from London Paddington to the village of Windsor. I wasn’t sure if it included the return trip (it only mention the trip out to Windsor), so I just purchased a cheap ticket back into London when I was ready to go back.
Now, I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with the British Royal Family. I greatly admire the Queen, especially, and would probably faint or die of a heart attack if I were to be invited to meet her. Windsor Castle, for me, was a definite MUST for my trip to London. My trip would not have felt complete.
First off, you should get there early. I arrived about 15 minutes before the gates opened, and I’m glad I did. I looked back, and there was already a huge line waiting behind me to get in. Also, be sure to check that the Queen isn’t in residence, which you can do from her official website, or the Royal Collection. With The London Pass, I received fast-track entry, and completely bypassed the lines. Once through the entryway, I was immediately captivated by the breathtaking sight. Perfectly clipped grass lead up to the medieval masonry of the walls that made up the castle. The Union Flag flapped in the wind, and the clouds scurried away. I walked down a pathway that immediately lead me to imagine the millions of people who had walked the same path since the middle ages. Would Henry VIII have walked through here at one point? How about Queen Victoria? Perhaps, even my own idol, Queen Elizabeth II? Did people in medieval times really dress like they were in an episode of Game of Thrones? Oh, to be able to listen to the conversations that were had by the people who lived hundreds of years ago.
After freezing and looking around the outside, I followed the cobblestone pathway past Saint George’s Chapel to the entrance of the State Apartments. Sadly, photography is strictly prohibited in the interiors, so I only have my memories of this portion of my visit. I was so amazed, however, that I doubt those memories will ever fade. I was ushered into a darkened room where Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House sits. What an amazing piece of craftsmanship! The dolls’ house was definitely fit for a queen, and no detail was spared. I’ve always had a fascination with miniatures, so this was right up my alley.
I moved through into the meat and potatoes of the tour: the State Apartments. I was completely in awe of everything I saw. There were suits of armor, priceless paintings and furniture, ornate details and designs. I was overcome with emotion when I walked through these rooms. I could imagine kings, queens, princes, and princesses walking through these corridors, dining at the tables, and lounging on the chairs and couches I passed by. There was one table in particular that I passed by, which had a ring on it from a glass that didn’t have a coaster under it. I could imagine that being caused by cheeky old Prince Phillip saying, “I don’t need a bloody coaster!”
I wonder what the castle is like from the perspective of a young prince or princess.
I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about Windsor Castle. I could write for days and break the internet with my inane ramblings about it, but I won’t. Windsor Castle should be on everyone’s list when they visit London. If you have another hour to spare, here’s a great video about the castle and its history. In the video, you will be shown the State Apartments, as well as Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.