Welcome To Windsor Castle
Introducing you to the Learning
Centre and the Castle Precincts
Royal Collection Learning
When you arrive on the morning of your visit
The coach will drop you on the cobble stoned area at the
This is the reception, where we will be waiting to greet you.
You will be met by one of our Warden team
more of the Warden team
We have one Warden on duty at
the Learning Centre each day,
so it could be any one from our
team of six.
If you would like to know who
will be here on the day of your
visit please call us the week
before and we will tell you.
You will be allocated a room for the day where you
can leave bags and coats safely
This room is called the Stalls:
and this room is the Tack:
This larger room is the Main Hall, the floor in here is very uneven,
because it used to be a cobbled courtyard. Please be very careful.
On the day of your visit there may be more than one school that
will share this room for lunch.
Then you will meet the person who will give you your
talk. It will be one of us:
There are toilet facilities at the Learning Centre:
Toilets can be found through
the main hall, via the steps at
the far end.
However, if one of the children
has difficulty with steps, or is a
wheelchair user then toilets
can be accessed via the
Our team will be happy to
show you the way.
When you have been allocated your room for the day, and you
may have had a snack and used the toilets, you then make your
way to the Castle’s Admission Centre, going out of the entrance
where you came in, and heading up the road.
The Warden at the gate will direct you into the group hall, and
You pass through the security area, where you will be asked to
put your bags through a machine, and walk through an archway,
just like you do at the airport.
Don’t forget to pick up your bags again!
When you leave the security area you enter the Courtyard.
Toilet facilities are available down the steps, on the left. An
accessible toilet is also available, opposite the security area.
Accessible toilet on right
In the Courtyard you will find the
first of four shops located within
the Castle: the other three can be
found in Engine Court, Middle
Ward and Lower Ward.
When you are ready, make your way through the archway to the
right of the shop, and up towards the Castle.
This is a very steep hill, so
take your time.
As you walk up the hill, take time to look at the view of the Castle
and the gardens.
Look at the walls and medieval
features of the Castle.
Then at the Round Tower, and look at
the flag flying there, this will tell you if
The Queen is here or not on the day
of your visit, if it is the Union flag then
sadly The Queen is not at Windsor.
As you go up the hill you pass the bandstand on your right, and
then go through St George’s Gate. Can you spot the dragon?
Look above the gateway with the wrought iron gates.
If you are having a talk, it may take place in the Moat Room.
You’ll see it on the right, as you follow the path around a corner.
A member of our team be there waiting to greet you.
Before or after your talk you may want to visit the State
Apartments and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. These are found on
the North Terrace.
Toilets can be found close by the entrance to the State Apartments .
Go through this archway onto the
This is the
way into the
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House:
If you have any pupils using a
wheelchair in your group, they will
have been directed to enter the
State Apartments through this
entrance in Engine court.
However you will all meet up at
the entrance to the Dolls’ House,
inside the Castle.
It is very dark in the room where the
Dolls’ House is situated, but the
children’s eyes will soon adjust to the
light levels. Take your time and enjoy
looking at the various rooms.
When you leave the State Apartments, only accessible toilet
facilities are available in Engine Court. Other toilets are on the
North Terrace, so ask the warden here to
direct you, if you need them.
The accessible toilet is just to the
right of the shop. Ask the warden
on duty to unlock the door.
Before you leave Engine Court,
look over at the grass quadrangle.
The Castle buildings opposite you
are The Queen’s private
Now you can visit St George’s Chapel, if you have not done so
already, make your way through this archway and down the Hill to
the Chapel entrance.
Back to the Learning Centre
As you leave the Chapel, don’t
forget to look at the Guard
Room and the soldier who is on
The only way out from the
Castle is through Henry VIII
The Changing of the Guard takes
place outside the Guard Room on
certain days, at 11 am.
Please ask at the Learning Centre if
it will be taking place on the day of
Back to school
This is Henry VIII gateway, so go
through here, be careful as cars do Go across to St Albans street, and
use this way in and out of the Castle return to the Learning Centre
Your coach will pick you up at the Learning Centre,
where it dropped you earlier,
and take you all back to school
We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Castle, and
will visit us again soon.
Updated Jan 2012