Windsor, England, United Kingdom
If you can only visit one castle on your trip to England, Windsor Castle should be at the top of your list. It is a living and breathing castle, fully staffed and running as it is one of the official residences of The Queen of England. It is a home as well as a museum and a major tourist attraction. The Queen is frequently there on the weekend and uses the various function rooms for State business.
This castle, occupied for over 1,000 years, is palatial in size and important for its magnificent collection of art and antiques and the impressive restoration of the areas that were destroyed in the devastating 1992 fire.
Much of the castle is open to visitors. Children will love visiting Queen Mary’s dolls’ house. The State Apartments, including bedrooms and dining rooms, can be toured; as well as St. George’s Chapel, where many royal weddings and funerals take place and the Albert Memorial Chapel.
There is an entrance fee which includes a self-directed audio tour. Photo taking is not allowed so consider taking pictures of the outside of the castle and purchasing interior shots in the gift shop. Most visitors stroll back into the charming village of Windsor for tea and crumpets afterwards, or for a meal in the many pubs and restaurants.