A royal residence for over nine centuries, Windsor Castle has long been a favourite with British royalty and visitors alike. The Royal Family still conducts business and hosts events at Windsor Castle, although many parts remain open to the public for touring.
If flying to London, Heathrow Airport offers the easiest transport connections to Windsor Castle. Our Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow is located just minutes away from the airport, so you can quickly drop your bags and focus on exploring this stunning royal residence.
A fascinating history
The longest continually occupied palace in Europe, Windsor Castle originally served as a fortress for William the Conqueror, the first of the Norman kings of England. Some decades later, Henry I would be the first royal to use the castle as a residence.
Over the years, Windsor Castle has experienced many refurbishments and additions at the command of royalty. These include the 15th-century St George's Chapel and the Henry VIII gateway, constructed in 1510. In the 19th century, as the British Empire grew, Queen Victoria held many state visits with foreign dignitaries at the castle.
A royal day out
Today, Windsor Castle still sees its fair share of official visitors, and plays host to important national events, such as royal weddings. Tourists are welcome to visit certain areas of the castle, including its state apartments and fascinating exhibitions. Group tours of the grounds are also available, and there are special gallery exhibitions organised throughout the year.
If you’re a fan of royal attractions, our Heathrow hotel is also close to Hampton Court Palace