Heathrow Terminal 6
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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The original Windsor Castle was built after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. Over subsequent centuries, upgrades and additions were continuously made by the various monarchs to update the design, or, in some cases, merely make the castle appear more grandiose
In the 15th century, the castle became home to the large, impressive St. George’s Chapel. The chapel serves has the final resting place for much of the royal family, including King Henry VIII and most recently Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
No photography was allowed inside the castle’s state apartments and diplomatic rooms, and they were significantly more protective of this rule than other places I’ve visited. Needless to say, the inside of the castle was immaculate and impressive. The walls were lined with imposing arrays of weaponry from spears, to bows, to firearms. The hallways were spacious and wide, filled with statues of previous monarchs and war heroes, as well as gifts from other nations across the globe. There is also a massive dollhouse that was gifted to Queen Mary, who apparently loved miniatures. The dollhouse is entirely to scale size and features tiny objects that actually work. It also includes small works of art such as books and portraits recreated by the original artists to scale.
Overall, Windsor and the accompanying Windsor Castle made for a fantastic day out of London; however, it was only hampered by the incredibly loud whooshing that accompanied each and every plane that flew over from Heathrow every 15 minutes. The castle was impressive, to say the least, and entirely worth the visit and cost. The only other downside was our return train that was merely two carriages long. We were all wedged inside the boiling car the entire journey back to London which almost ruined the whole thing. Other than that, it was a perfect day.