Touted as one of the best castles to visit, Windsor Castle stood atop the hill in Windsor. The entry queue was quite long, and getting longer when we arrived. It would have saved time if we had prebooked our tickets. One of the hold ups was that everyone had to pass through a security check before they could get in. Once on the grounds, we found that apart from the state apartments and Queen Mary’s Dolls House, you were required to pay additional fees to see inside the castle. There were tours available (for a fee) of the round tour and the medieval kitchen, and you even had to pay to walk in the Moat Garden.

This, along with the fact that you aren’t supposed to take photos inside any of the buildings left a bad taste in my mouth. Unfortunately, St George’s Chapel was also closed on the day of our visit (closed on Sundays). I had read about this, but hadn’t made the connection when panning our visit, as this was one of the key places I would have like to visit.

There was the opportunity to take some interesting photos as you walked through the castle grounds, but I also felt that there was a greater emphasis on the hip pocket, with a number of different gift shops around the site, each one with a different focus, but all of them had a large ‘royal’ focus and less on the details of the actual castle.