Windsor Castle-London-05.10.2009

......Windsor Castle - the best looking castle I've seen so far. Not only that it's very well preserved on the outside, but it's beautiful inside. Because the Royal Family still lives here and a lot of important guests come here for ceremonies every year.
......It's very easy to get here, by train, from Paddington Station. The round trip ticket is 8,50 pounds. You have to change the train at Slaugh Station. From here there's a small train that takes you to Windsor in only 10 minute. There's no extra payment. This train runs every half an hour to and from the town.
......The entrance fee for the Castle is 15,50 pounds and includes the access to the grounds, Castle, Church and some other things and there's also an audio guide, which is very useful. The tour inside the Royal Castle lasts about 2 hours. There are many, many interesting things to see there, from the rooms themselves (dining rooms of various sizes, former bedrooms for kings and queens, the Throne Room and so on) to the objects they host: porcelain, collections of weapons, paintings. No photos inside, sorry.
......Windsor Castle, in Windsor in the English country of Berkshire, is the largest inhabited castle in the world and, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, is the oldest in continuous occupation. The castle's floor area is approximately 484,000 square feet (44,965 square metres).
......Together with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, it is one of the principal official residences of the British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II spends many weekends of the year at the castle, using it for both state and private entertaining. Her other two residences, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle, are the Royal Family's private homes.
......Most of the Kings and Queens of England, later Kings and Queens of Great Britain, and later still kings and queens of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms, have had a direct influence on the construction and evolution of the castle, which has been their garrison fortress, home, official palace, and sometimes their prison. Chronologically the history of the castle can be traced through the reigns of the monarchs who have occupied it. When the country has been at peace, the castle has been expanded by the additions of large and grand apartments; when the country has been at war, the castle has been more heavily fortified. This pattern has continued to the present day (

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