Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
Just above the River Thames lies the majestic Windsor Castle. This castle, with over 900 years of historical and architectural significance, is the largest continuously inhabited palace in the entire world. Monarchs have lived and ruled from this castle and left their mark on England and the rest of the world. On this comprehensive tour of Windsor Castle, experience the grandeur of St. George's Chapel and the exquisite state apartments. William the Conqueror resided in this Castle, as did Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. Take a look at the surrounding town, with its quaint shops and historic pubs.
After the Windsor Castle tour, you will enjoy a break for lunch before heading to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty The Queen officially resides. Buckingham Palace serves as her office and home. You will see the State Rooms, many of which are used regularly by the royal family for entertainment, state functions, and ceremonies. You will also be able to admire the wonderful pieces of art furnishing the many rooms accessible to the public. The tour ends once you reach the Palace, providing you with the freedom to explore at your leisure.
Please Note: This tour departs from the Victoria Coach (Bus) Station, a 5-minute walk from the Victoria Train Station. This tour is intended for your pre/post cruise experience. Please be advised that the tour departure location is an approximately 2-hour drive from the port. You must find your own way to the tour departure location (at your own expense). There are many options, such as taking a taxi, train, bus, or any combination of the above.
Reviewer: Tom O'Brien
We did Windsor Castle in the morning and got to Buckingham Palace in the mid-afternoon of our last full day in London. The scene at Victoria Coach Station in the morning (~8 AM) was rather chaotic (they needed someone to Take Charge!), but, once on the coach, things settled down. The entry line at Windsor Castle was long, as you might expect, but we achieved entry fairly quickly and then headed straight for the State Apartments, which were exquisite. Barely enough time to give them justice, then visited St. George's Chapel, and on to Buckingham Palace (HM was up in Scotland) where we (Ann, especially) enjoyed the wardrobe displays from through the Queen's entire reign. Very impressive!