One of the most spectacular and popular tourist things to see in Windsor is The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of The Queen and is the largest. oldest occupied castle in the world.
The guard at Windsor Castle are from the resident regiment of foot guards from the household division. The Guard wear the full dress uniform comprising of red tunics and bearskins (which are the tall fur caps) and they are sometimes accompanied by the Guards Band.
The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle is a colourful, historical event, that shouldn’t be missed if you are visiting London or the castle. If you have time, with its 900 years of history its great to actually look inside Windsor Castle as well.
The actual changing ceremony usually takes place at around 11am within the castle grounds – and takes around 30/45 mins. However the march of the new guards starts at Victoria barracks in Windsor town usually lead by the regimental band, up Sheet Street, left into the High Street, past the Parish Church and the Guildhall, then turn right onto Castle Hill by Queen Victoria’s Statue and into the Castle. Then they change over guards and the old guards march back the same way. You can watch the guard marching but when they go inside the grounds unless you have a ticket you will not be able to watch the ceremony.
The household division have many other public duty’s at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace and are sometimes joined again by the regimental band.
Dates: April to June: Daily
August to March: Alternate days except Sunday
Where: Windsor Castle
Too see other dates for the changing of the guard see the guards website