• King Charles makes big change at Windsor home
  • Windsor Castle's free entry tradition ends
  • This is sparking local discontent

For centuries, the residents of Windsor have enjoyed a unique perk: free access to the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle, courtesy of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage Card. However, from June 1st, this privilege will be no more. Instead, locals will be offered a 50% discount, with tickets costing £15 in advance or £16.50 on the day. This change has not sat well with the community, who have long enjoyed popping into the castle's excellent café or showing around visiting relatives without a second thought about entry fees.

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Julian Tisi, a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, voiced the community's sentiment, emphasizing how Windsor's residents have always welcomed millions of tourists with open arms. "In return, we get to live and work near one of the most iconic buildings in the world – and visit when we choose," he lamented.

The Castle's response

The Royal Collection Trust defended its decision, stating that the pricing review was in line with other organizations in the sector. They also highlighted ongoing efforts to make the castle accessible to local visitors, including free visits for community organizations and a travel subsidy for schools.


A royal residence with deep ties

Windsor Castle is not just a tourist attraction but a living piece of history and a functioning royal residence. It's where King Charles spends a significant amount of time and is closely tied to many royal family members, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. The castle's grounds have also been the backdrop for recent royal weddings, further cementing its place in the heart of the royal family and the Windsor community.

The community's response has been swift, with calls for petitions and urgent meetings to reverse the decision. Councillor Amy Tisi expressed shock at the lack of consultation, emphasizing the desire to work with the "big house on the hill" to ensure no resident is priced out of visiting their iconic neighbor.


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