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Monday, October 06, 2014

No visit to London is complete without visiting Windsor Castle. Only a short journey from the capital, it is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen’s home where she spends many of her private weekends. The castle has been the residence of Royalty for over 1,000 years and hosts many ceremonial events and the State banquets in St George’s Hall can seat 160.


As well as the opulence of the State Apartments and the Semi-State rooms, visitors can also see:

  • Queen Mary’s doll house, the largest and most famous of its kind in the world. Designed by the great English architect, Sir Edwyn Lutyens in 1921, it is a magnificent replica of a grand country house. 
  • St George’s Chapel, within the castle walls, was founded by Edward III in 1384 and its magnificent interior serves as the final resting place of one of England’s most famous monarchs, Henry VIII.

  • If staying in the town, you the option of staying overnight in one of the comfortable hotels adjacent to the castle and spend time exploring the boutiques and fine restaurants the town has to offer. If you would like more information about the town or tour, email us at info@classic-england.com or submit an enquiry form

    Houses of Parliament

    The Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as The Palace of Westminster has evolved over a thousand years from a Royal residence to being the seat of democracy.

    As early as the eighth century, the site was occupied by a Saxon church called West Minster and was later the site of a palace built by Edward the Confessor, from where he could view the construction of Westminster Abbey, completed in 1065.

    In 1097, William the Conqueror’s son built the Great Hall for great banquets and ceremonies and this is still the largest Hall of its kind in the World. The magnificent building which we see today was created after the great fire of 1834. It was designed by Charles Barry and was purposely built to accommodate the two chambers – the House of Lords and the House of Commons. His Gothic vision extended to the interiors, including wallpapers, stained glass and the royal throne.

    Visitors can take part in guided tours of Parliament on Saturdays throughout the year and on weekdays during recess. An additional option is a tour of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses ‘Big Ben’, the 13 ton bell in the famous clock. This involves 334 steps and is not for the faint-hearted!

    Take a look at our Castle Tours , History Tours and London Tours where you can visit Windsor Castle and Houses of Parliament. If you are interested in creating your own tour, complete the enquiry form.


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