Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Windsor Castle

Last weekend was a rather busy one for me. It has been quite some time since I shared something other than a review, so I thought I'd share some photos with you all.

I spent all of last weekend in Surrey visiting family, and my sister and I decided to go on a little trip to Windsor Castle. I have visited Windsor Great Park previously (which is beautiful and I highly recommend visiting) but we had never been to the castle. I wanted to go because I wanted to see the Shakespeare exhibition, and my sister came along because she's very much a royalist and wanted to look around.

We managed to arrive just in time for the Changing of the Guard, which was very lucky as we didn't plan this before arriving. After watching this, we joined the longest queue in the world to buy tickets. I absolutely recommend buying tickets in advance. We queued for over an hour to get in (which wasn't too bad considering how long and disorganised the queue was). We paid £18.50 each for a student ticket, so it is expensive to visit.

The Queen was in residence, so the Royal Standard was flying over Windsor. It was really quite windy so we got a good view of the flag. After we bought our tickets we headed straight to St. George's Chapel, which was recommended in the information booklet. I was very excited about seeing the chapel, and I was not disappointed. Photography was sadly not allowed anywhere inside the castle or the chapel, which was frustrating. The chapel was stunningly beautiful and intricately designed. I highly recommend looking up some photographs of it on Google. It was probably my favourite part of Windsor. It felt very tranquil and solemn, which was to be expected. I'm not religious, but the atmosphere of churches and chapels. I was a little sad that I hadn't bought any change with me to light a candle (it was 30p to light a candle). It was also rather quiet compared to the rest of Windsor. Some of the tombs were incredibly simple and others were rather extravagant and impressive. Walking past the grave of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour felt a little surreal.

We then moved onto the castle itself. We saw Queen Mary's doll house on display, which was very impressive (and probably larger than my actual house!). The Shakespeare exhibition was next which was one of my favourite parts of the day. It focused a little too much on Elizabeth I for my taste (they scarcely mentioned James I which I found a little odd). They also had the First Folio on display, which was a highlight for me. I begged the steward to let me take a photograph, but she refused (and followed me around the room afterwards just in case). My sister managed to sneak a shot of it with her phone, which I'm grateful for even if it is blurry.

The actual castle itself was spectacular. The details were astounding; the ban on photography felt especially torturous because of this. I tried to sneak in a few shots, but I couldn't capture the magnitude and the splendour of the rooms.

Windsor Castle was definitely worth a visit, albeit an expensive one. I don't think it is somewhere I would revisit because of the cost, but I am glad to have visited once. I'm especially pleased that I managed to see the Shakespeare exhibition, but I do wish the library had been open to visitors.

I thought I'd end this post with a photo of Bree playing with my Aunt's dog in the garden. They adore each other, and it was just too cute not to share.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I'm hopefully going to post a few more reviews soon, depending on how busy I am with work (I'm going to be changing jobs in the next few weeks).

Have you visited anywhere interesting lately?


  1. It looks like an astounding place to visit. I've never been to windsow before. I have to admit it's one of the most annyoying things when you have to pay extionate entery fees to historical places, which are funded by public money. I understand some exhabits shouldn't be photographed in case of damage. That's just me complaining.

    The dogs are incredibly cute.

  2. I've only been once and absolutely loved the castle. So much history in there.

    I visited the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at my local gallery, The Laing, in Newcastle. Normally their exhibitions are excellent - Mervyn Peake's artwork, some of Da Vinci's notebook sketches, etc. The AiW should have been so completely for me but unfortunately it was awful, just like a mass marketing event to get you to buy merchandise that I had to pay £6 to get into (which is high for this gallery, most exhibitions are free or low price). I was so disappointed.

    I left there a bit grumpy and wandered into a free exhibition of sewing / tapestry work of Quakers. It was lovely. I'm not religious myself, but Quakers are such peaceful folk and their work was beautiful. So glad I stumbled across it.


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