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Windsor Castle is located 25 miles from London. Take the train from Waterloo or from Paddington Station... or Green Bus #704, #705 from Victoria Station. Open daily 10:30-5PM, Sunday 1:30-5PM. This is the largest inhabited palace in the world and is open to visitors even when the queen is in residence. Windsor has been the country residence of royalty for over 850 years. The charming village of Windsor is a Victorian town with lots of brick buildings. From the station it's a 5-minute walk to he castle:
State Apartments: Contain many works of art, porcelain, armor, and furniture. The King's Drawing Room has paintings by Rubens, and in the Dressing Room are a Durer and a Rembrandt. The Grand Reception Room is the most spectacular.
Changing of the guard: Held daily at 10:30 except on Sunday. Some think this is more impressive than in London. Here, the guard marches through the town of Windsor, stopping traffic as it moves to the castle to the tune of a full regimental band. When the queen is not in residence, there's a drum and pipe band.
Old Master Drawings: The Royal Family possesses a rare collection at Windsor of drawings by the Old Masters... notably a large collection by da Vinci. Some of the drawings are always on view. 10:30-5PM.
Queen Mary's Dollhouse: It is just about the greatest dollhouse in the world. Presented to the late queen as a gift, it is a remarkable achievement of what a great royal mansion of the 1920's looked like. Everything is done with exacting detail - even the Champagne bottles in the wine cellar contain vintage wine of the era. There's a toothbrush suitable for an ant, and a tiny electric iron, which really works.
St. George's Chapel: It is a gem of the Perpendicular style. It shares with Westminster Abbey the distinction of being a pantheon of English monarchs. The present chapel was founded in the late 15th century. One enters the nave first with its fan vaulting. Here are the tombs of George V and Queen Mary. Off the nave in Urswich Chapel is the Princess Charlotte memorial. In the center is the vault of the beheaded Charles I, along with Henry VIII and Jane Seymore. There's also a memorial to Prince Albert. Open: 10-4 PM.