Panorama of the south wing at the upper ward.

Windsor Castle

Almost a 1000 years of age! Windsor Castle is one of the oldest castles in the world.

Construction started in the 11th century as a motte-and-bailey fortress. It was originally intended to oversee a strategic part of the River Thames, but in 1110, Henry I started to use Windsor castle as his residence. It’s used ever since by the reigning monarchs of England, making it the longest occupied palace in Europe.

The round tower on its 15 meters tall motte.
Normal Gate at Windsor Castle

With almost a thousand rooms that are close to 45.000 square meters, Windsor castle is one of the biggest residences in the world.

Running a palace like this requires quite some personnel. Around 150 of those lucky enough to work there, enjoy accommodation inside the castle.

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Windsor Castle’s Architecture

In terms of architectural style, Windsor Castle is quite unique. Here’s a quote about it:

It is in essence a Georgian and Victorian design based on a medieval structure, with Gothic features reinvented in a modern style. Since the 14th century, architecture at the castle has attempted to produce a contemporary reinterpretation of older fashions and traditions, repeatedly imitating outmoded or even antiquated styles. As a result, architect Sir William Whitfield has pointed to Windsor Castle’s architecture as having “a certain fictive quality”.

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A cute little souvenir store at Windsor Castle.

Visit Windsor Castle

Lower Ward at Windsor Castle

Windsor castle beautifully combines the features of a fortification and a palace and the aforementioned “fictive quality” makes it even more worth a visit.

Should you go there, allocate at least an afternoon. Windsor castle occupies an area of 5.3 ha (13 acres) – in other words: It’s huge! So be sure to have enough time to be able to fully absorb the experience. For more information, you might also want to visit the official website