Windsor castle is also an official royal residence. It is a bit far from London. We didn’t take public transportation since we were fortunate enough to have our friend drive us there. From Central London, it took us about 45 minutes to an hour to get there.
HOW TO GET THERE: (according to wikihow)
- By car: from central London – Follow A4 road towards Kensington and Knightsbridge, merging onto the M4 WEST, towards Heathrow Airport. Take junction 6 to Slough/A355, towards Windsor/A332. Stay left to A355, which becomes A332. Follow signs into Windsor for parking. Parking is £6 for a full day. For exact directions from your location, whether it be a hotel or your home, use Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Mapquest or your mobile device’s mapping service for step-by-step directions.
- By train: There are TWO railway stations in Windsor, both near the castle. London Paddington serves Windsor & Eton Central station. Trains from London Paddington change in Slough, then onwards to Windsor Central Station. The other station is Windsor & Eton Riverside station served direct by London Waterloo Station. You can plan your rail journey online at the National Rail website.
- By bus: There are various coach companies that provide service to Windsor Castle from London. First Group buses provide service from various points in London to Windsor. More information is available from their website here
This was my ticket and it’s a one year pass. You just need to get it validated and stamped with your name and signature at the back. You can ask around. I think we got ours validated at the basement of the State Apartments. After getting your tickets, you go through security. Then, we got our free audio guides. They ask you which language you prefer and they will set it up for you. These guys were really nice and fun.
I got another chance to take a picture with a royal guard close to the cathedral.
They had really nice merchandise at the souvenir shops but I really can’t get myself to spend too much on souvenirs so I only bought a couple of pins.