Windsor Castle for Kids
Collect your handset and listen to Horace, a timeless tutor, and Tommy, his pupil, who are your guides. They introduce you to the many magical characters who live at Windsor Castle, including Gilbert the Grotesque and Cyril, a Page of the Back Stairs. The tour is aimed at children aged 7-11 years.
Follow a family activity trail
Pick up one of our free trails to learn more about the Castle and its magnificent treasures.
Take a free guided tour of the Castle Precincts
Tours depart from the Admissions Courtyard at regular intervals throughout the day. Please check the signage for timings.
Join our family activities on Saturdays and in school holidays
Please go to Family Activities in the list on the left to check what's on.
Queen Mary's Dolls' House
This miniature house was built for Queen Mary in 1924. It has running water and electricity, and is filled with thousands of tiny objects made by the leading artists, designers and crafts people of the day.
The State Apartments
These magnificent rooms are used by The Queen to entertain her guests. Don't miss the King's Dining Room with paintings of fish, lobster and birds on the ceiling, St George's Hall where Her Majesty holds splendid banquets, and the Grand Reception Room decorated with real gold.
Henry VIII's armour
Find the Lantern Lobby in the State Apartments to see Henry VIII's enormous suit of armour, made nearly 500 years ago. Then visit St George's Chapel, where 10 kings are buried including Henry VIII and Charles I.
These are the outdoor areas within the Castle walls that have lots of evidence of Windsor's role as an important royal fortress long ago. Look for battlements, towers, arrow loops and murder holes!
Changing the Guard
The ceremony usually takes place Monday to Saturday at 11:00 in the Castle’s Lower Ward and lasts approximately 30 minutes. At certain times of the year it takes place every other day. For more information, please check the ceremony timetable.
Practical information for adults
- Lavatories and baby-care facilities are available on arrival in the Courtyard and on the North Terrace.
- Bottled water can be purchased from the Courtyard Shop and Middle Ward Shop.
- For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Apartments. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.
- There are three shops within the Castle Precincts. They offer a wide range of interesting gifts for children and a number of items priced between £1 and £5.
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