Windsor Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror, and has since been expanded and modified by succeeding monarchs. Some of the features of the castle available for public viewing include:
The State Apartments – the apartments contain many magnificent pieces of artwork and furniture from the Royal Collection. Paintings from artists such as Canaletto, Gainsborough, Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck adorn the walls, while elaborate pieces of French and English furniture and other treasures fill the rooms.
The Semi-State Rooms – these private apartments, created by George IV, are lavishly decorated and can be visited between the months of October and March.
The Drawings Gallery – the gallery is home to various exhibitions, such as the Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition. Items from Henry VIII’s reign, taken from the Royal Collection and the St George’s chapel archives, were collected together to depict the story of the king’s life.
St George’s Chapel – the chapel is one of England’s most stunning gothic buildings. It is the spiritual home of the knighthood known as the Order of the Garter, created by Edward III in 1348. St George’s Chapel is also the final resting place of ten monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I.
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – this is the most famous dolls’ house in the world. Complete with fully-functioning electricity and running water, it was constructed by 1,500 different people and took three years to make.