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An Alternative Way to Tour Windsor Castle

Taking a tour of our late Queen Elizabeth II’s home is nothing new but rather than doing the same thing as everyone else, how about embarking on a unique way to tour Windsor Castle?

It will surprise nobody that (use a Jeremy Clarkson voice for this) the ‘oldest and largest occupied castle in the world’, i.e. Windsor Castle is open to the public and that you can easily purchase a ticket to tour Windsor Castle all year round, save for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and certain obvious holidays such as Christmas.

Whilst you can go online and book a ticket, get a train from London Paddington and be in Windsor in half an hour only to mingle with everyone else, why not travel by self-drive boat, get an after hours, private tour of the castle after the public have left and enjoy Champagne Afternoon Tea prior to the private tour?

A Private and Exclusive Event to Tour Windsor Castle

Tour Windsor Castle State Apartments
State Apartments – image credit: Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Collection Trust puts on a private and exclusive ‘Behind the Ropes’ evening tour of Windsor Castle when the castle has closed to the public numerous times throughout the year.

The tour is limited to 30 people, lasts just under three hours and includes a ‘behind-the-ropes’ experience in the castle’s State Apartments plus a glass of sparkling wine.

The tickets can be bought direct from the Royal Collection Trust for £80 each and understandably, they sell out very quickly.

However, whilst the Royal Collection Trust conducts its own private and exclusive event to ‘Tour Windsor Castle’, usually on Friday evenings, you can also buy tickets from speciality event companies. One such event is managed by Oliver Myles Events who offer their own event, with their next one on Thursday June 27th, sadly sold out.

The event offered through Oliver Myles includes Champagne Afternoon Tea prior to the private tour and the price is £270. Or if you want to stay in the nearby Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Oliver Myles Events will arrange accommodation there, plus the event access for £345 per person, based on two people sharing a room at the hotel.

To book the Royal Collection Trust Private Evening Windsor Castle Tour, click here and look out for ‘Exclusive Evening Tour’ in the list of events.

To book the Oliver Myles Events tour click here and use their contact form for their next event date.

The private, Evening Tour of Windsor is a must. The group size is limited to 30 so you have plenty of opportunities to speak to the excellent guides and you dont have the hustle and bustle of the general public, which at times can be distracting and diminish your experience.

Are you interested in an Alternative Way to Travel to Windsor?

Then consider this….

LeBoat 7 x Night Benson to Windsor Return

tour windsor castle via leboat

Whilst you can get the train from London Paddington and be in Windsor in half an hour, how about taking your time and enjoying a private self-drive cruise along the Thames to visit Windsor?

With the holiday company LeBoat, you can hire boats small enough for two, or large enough for ten people and leisurely cruise the Thames, spending time visiting or stopping the night over in places such as Pangbourne, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Marlow and Maidenhead en route to Windsor.

There are various bookable overnight mooring along the way which are usually about £10 per night with the ones at Henley-on-Thames and Windsor in short demand from May to October so think about booking ahead.

Never handled a boat? No problem. With LeBoat you don’t need a license or prior experience to be the captain of your own self-drive houseboat. Their base teams at Benson on the Thames will show you everything you need to know before you set off safely on your cruise to Windsor Castle.

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Tour Windsor Castle – image credit: The Royal Collection Trust
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