London may have Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh its castle, but once you spend a few hours strolling around Windsor, you'll see what British royal life is truly all about. Although Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen, she spends more time in Windsor Castle than any of her other residences.
There are many excellent transportation connections running between London and Windsor, but many visitors to London end up buying a ticket from a tour company so they can get to Windsor and back within a short timeframe.
For some tours, a company representative can meet you at a London train station and help make the whole process of getting in and out of London easy and stress-free. There are also tours available which include guided tours of Windsor Castle or Windsor itself, and even some include a free lunch package as well.
If you're unsure as to what type of tour package you want to get when booking a day tour from London to Windsor, here are some options to keep in mind:
From London to Windsor with Evan Evans Tours
If you're hoping to combine your tour to Windsor from London with other places in England, then Evan Evans is the way to go. The company offer many combination tour packages so you can easily customize your tour to hit all of the places you want to see within a day.
However, while some of their tours include Windsor Castle, other tours only visit Windsor the city and avoid the castle altogether, so you may want to spend some time thinking it over before you make a final decision.
If you want to see Windsor Castle, there is a great Stonehenge and Oxford combo deal that costs £87, as well as an Oxford and Stonehenge tour combo package for £125, which includes a private viewing of Stonehenge's inner circle.
If you want to see both Windsor and Windsor Castle as well as other sites around England, there's a great combo tour that includes Hampton Court Palace and even a panoramic tour of London which costs £78 (or £58 excluding entrances).
But if you want to see Windsor and Windsor Castle without venturing to other locations, your best bet would be to choose their Windsor Express Tour. For this tour, customers will get a flexible entry ticket into Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel along with a four hour stay in Windsor to stroll around at your own pace. This tour also includes a 30% discount at Windsor Royal Shopping.
Tickets for the Windsor Express tour cost:
- £47 for adults (or £35 excluding castle entry)
- £42 for children between the ages of three and 16 (or £30 excluding castle entry)
- £45 for seniors/students (or £33 excluding castle entry)
- £168 for families consisting of two adults and two children (or £120 excluding castle entry).
From London to Windsor with Golden Tours
Golden Tours offer several different tours between London and Windsor, some of which include visits to Bath, Stonehenge, and many more. The company has both pick-up and drop-off services from various hotels in central London, which is ideal if you want to do a tour early in the morning, or if you're travelling with children.
Their Simply Windsor Castle Afternoon Tour is a great option if you want to get up close and personal with Windsor Castle, as customers are granted entry into the Windsor Castle State Apartments and St. George's Chapel, and even get a chance to see Queen Mary's Dolls' House as well
Tickets for this tour cost:
- £45 for adults
- £40 for children (between the ages of three and 16)
- £42 for seniors/students
- £165 for families (consisting of two adults and two children)
However, if you want to see both Windsor and Windsor Castle, Golden Tours also have a great Day Trip to Windsor by Rail tour which includes entry into the Windsor Castle. The package includes a ticket for Windsor's hop-on hop-off bus, however there are no discounted tickets for seniors, students or families.
For this tour, all customers must meet with a company representative at both Paddington Station in London as well as at the Windsor and Eton train station, and they will guide you to the correct train platform for a specific time to catch your train. Tickets for this tour cost £59 for both adults and children.
From London to Windsor with Premium Tours
If you want to explore Windsor but also want to squeeze in a visit to a few of London's main attractions as well, then Premium Tours offer the best of both worlds. Premium Tours have all sorts of neat combination options if you want to see Windsor Castle as well as other London locations like The London Eye, the London Dungeon, and much more.
All tours include a complimentary hotel pick-up point from various locations in central London, and are a great option if you're short on time but want to drink in as much English royal history as possible.
There are tours from London to Windsor Castle as well as to the London Dungeon (£82), The London Eye (£72) or even a quick bite to eat at a classic British fish and chip shop (£68). For the ultimate royal experience, you could combine your visit with Windsor Castle with a trip to Buckingham Palace for £94.
However, if you only want to see Windsor Castle there is a Windsor Castle Morning Tour which grants you entry into the castle as well as St. George's Chapel and the State Apartments. The tour departs from London at 8:15 a.m., leaves Windsor around 12 p.m., and costs:
- £56 for adults
- £46 for children (between the ages of three and 16)
- £53 for seniors/students
From London to Windsor with Anderson Tours
Anderson Tours may not be as well known as other tour companies based out of London, but they offer great deals on tours from London to places like Cardiff, Bruges, Loch Ness, the Isle of Wight, Edinburgh and much more.
Anderson Tours offer three different tours between London and Windsor, each with their own pros and cons; however if you're travelling with a large group or if you're a senior citizen/student, you may want to look elsewhere as Anderson Tours doesn't offer a lot of discounted tickets.
If you want to see Hampton Court Palace as well as Windsor itself, their Windsor and Hampton Court tour is perhaps your best option (which costs £55 for adults and £50 for children.). If you want to see Stonehenge and Salisbury as well as Windsor, they have an excellent deal on a Windsor, Stonehenge and Salisbury tour which costs £65 for adults, and £59 for children.
However, if you only want to see Windsor, their Windsor Half Day Tour is a great choice if you only have a limited amount of time in London, as you can return from Windsor in the afternoon hours and spend the rest of your evening exploring London. Tickets for this tour cost £39 for adults and £35 for children.