Windsor Castle : Michelin's recommendations
Extended and rebuilt by a succession of kings and queens, it has been a favourite royal residence since William the Conqueror in around 1080. The royal family is in residence throughout April and for Ascot Week in June when the annual Garter Day ceremonies are held. The principal changes were made in the 19C when George IV commissioned Jeffrey Wyattville to build the machiolated walls and towers, giving the castle its famous outline. The impressive Round Tower was built on the site of William's first fortress. To the west, the magnificent Perpendicular St George's Chapel was built by Edward IV and dedicated to his Most Noble Order of the Garter. The State Apartments were built by Wyatville for George IV in Gothic and Classical styles. A number of masterpieces of Classical painting hang on the walls of the King's Rooms. In Queen Mary's Dolls' House (1924), everything is reproduced on a 1:12 scale. In the Park, laid out by William, the son of George II, at his father's request, are two royal residences, the Royal Lodge, used by the present royal family and Cumberland Lodge, as well as a royal mausoleum where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried. Only a few parts are open to the public, including the Long Walk, a 5 km avenue of chestnut trees and plane trees and the Savill gardens, a set of landscaped wooded gardens.