Lower Ward Walls
This is the view from the Pizza Express, an upscale establishment which is nevertheless not as good as, and not as good of a value as, Pizza Hut. Still, the view from the second floor is good, isn't it? The Thames is off picture to left, and you can see that the walls ascend a hill toward the right. The Curfew Tower appropriately enough has a clock, and the windows were added after the walls were made obsolete by gunpowder artillery.
Lower Ward Walls
Continuing to the tourist entrance, you can see the Salisbury Tower on the left end of the photo, which can also be seen in the previous photo. So you can see that this stretch of walls also climbs uphill to the center of the castle, marked by the Round Tower on the far right. The prominent exit on the left is the King Henry VIII Gate.
Continuing further toward the entrance, you can see the Mary Tudor, Henry III, and Saxon Towers followed by a relatively short wall around the Round Tower, which links up the Lower and Upper Ward walls. We'll next go through a gate followed by the St. George's Gate.
This is the view looking from inside the low outer wall toward the St. George's Gate. After a short exhibit on the castle, you can enter the Lower Ward.
Lower Ward Looking Downhill
Lower Ward Looking Uphill
From this angle, you can see the Round Tower, which we will now walk toward, then around and through the Norman Gate into the Upper Ward.
The opening in the walls on the left leads to the tourist entrance to the state apartments where visitors can marvel at the Queen's art and furnishings - but not take pictures of them. Just beyond it is the Magazine Tower followed by the Norman Gate. For now let's forego the opening and instead continue past the Round Tower toward the double towered Norman Gate, which was built in 1357 when the Upper Ward was rebuilt.
The Round Tower holds the Royal Archives and the Royal Photograph Collection. The garden of the Governor of Windsor Castle is a source of wonderment to adults and children alike.
In this panorama you can see people on the right showing the way from the Norman Gate into the Engine Court. The area on the left is the Quadrangle, closed to the public by a fence over which this photo was taken.
This is a more detailed view of the Quadrangle, including a statue to Charles II, who built new state apartments here. George III and IV also extensively renovated the castle, making it much like it is today, despite a fire in 1992.
Remember that opening in the walls that heads to the state apartments. This is the view from just through that opening. Behind the walls, the Norman Gate and Round Tower are visible, while on the walls themselves, which front the 100 foot hill, the Magazine Tower and the Winchester Tower are visible. Further to the right, the walls extend downhill to protect the Lower Ward.
King George IV Tower
If you continue in the direction of the line for the state apartments, you can see an example of how the towers have been altered in order to make the castle more of a residence.
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