A lot of people think that history is boring for toddlers but that really isn’t the case where Windsor Castle is concerned. It was built in the 11th century and is the largest occupied castle in the world.
In the summer months every day the soldiers (our children call them Bop Bops) march up to the castle for changing of the guard which takes place within the grounds of Windsor Castle. It is normally outside St George’s chapel but when the Queen is in residence this can change to The Quadrangle and occasionally, you can even see her looking out of the window. Marching up takes about 10 minutes and the guard change with a band is about 20 minutes.
Leading out of the Quadrangle is The Long Walk which is a beautiful walk for anyone wishing to walk 2.65 miles to The Copper Horse (just remember you have to walk back). We go into the castle frequently as I think there is a lot to look at and learn from at an early age. From large gates, to different shaped windows, the moat, canons, the list goes on.
Our little boy now informs us to whether The Queen is in residence as the flag changes from The Royal Standard to The Union Flag depending on her whereabouts. Within the castle grounds there are the State Apartments which are not only furnished with some of the exquisite works of art from the royal collection but also china, armour and some of the Queen’s finest collections.
Next to The State Apartments is the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. This is the largest, most famous, beautiful and fascinating Dolls House in the world. This took three years to build for Queen Mary in 1921 and is an exact replica in miniature of an aristocratic home. The tiny scale is 1:12 and the house is filled with thousands of different objects, the house even has hot and cold water, flushing toilets and electricity. It really is a sight to behold and I am sure you adults will be just as fascinated as the little ones.
St George’s chapel is very impressive and the children enjoy looking at the stained glass windows. Also within the castle grounds there are a few souvenir shops which sell some delightful child friendly gifts. There are very clean toilets with good baby changing facilities. Windsor Castle certainly makes a great day out for all the family.
For more information visit http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle