The magnificent Windsor Castle was originally built in the 11th century, following the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. It’s been used by the reigning monarch more or less ever since, hence why it’s the oldest occupied castle in the world. It was designed to protect Norman dominance in the outskirts of London and guard a strategically important stretch of the River Thames. It’s been updated and modified in parts over the centuries, but it remains an awe-inspiring sight. We’re proud to call the castle one of our neighbours.
Visiting the castle today proves to be a treat for adults and children, historians and architecture buffs, and keen horticulturalists and knowledge-thirsty visitors from all walks of life. Visitors can go into the State Apartments – complete with works of art by Rembrandt and Rubens – and the Semi-State Rooms, used by the Queen for official entertaining. One of the favourite intricacies to be found in Windsor Castle is Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, built for Queen Mary by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s. A tiny but perfect replica of an aristocratic home, the house is filled with thousands of designs by top artists and craftsmen.