Arriving at St George’s House
When you arrive at St George’s House, there should be a member of staff at the reception desk just inside the doorway. If for any reason there isn’t anyone at reception, you will see a phone on the desk and please dial for assistance and a member of staff will come down to welcome you and register you, before showing you to your room.
The culture of the House is that visitors are treated as guests and friends. In this spirit, there is a tradition of not generally handing out bedroom keys unless people make a point of requesting one, on the basis that most of us don’t offer keys to guests staying in our home. (All bedrooms can be locked from the inside, of course.)
Your security pass will be waiting for you in your room. We ask that you wear it at all times within the Castle.
The Castle precincts outside Denton’s Commons are open to the public from 1000 to 1700. Please be prepared to identify yourself if requested to do so by the Police or sentries.
Outside these times please stay within Denton’s Commons and the Horseshoe Cloister unless you are intending to leave the Castle.
Badges with first names only
In your room, you will also find a badge with your first name on it. We ask that you make a point of wearing your badge in a prominent position throughout the Conversation. We are keen that we can all get up to speed as quickly as possible with working out who everyone else is, and during discussions we always encourage you to use others’ first names when referring to something that they have said.
Telephone, Mail and Wi-fi
Individual rooms are not equipped with telephones. You will find a telephone on each corridor which has pre-set buttons for the Fire Emergency department and the House Manager.
A fax facility (01753 848849) is available in the first floor main office; please consult a member of staff if you wish to send a fax
Wi-Fi connections are available throughout the main house, No 25 The Cloisters and the Vicars’ Hall. Select the wireless network from the list (Wifi Guest) and enter the Network Key as WifiGuest.
Post-boxes are located under the Horseshoe Cloister archway, by the Middle Ward shop and outside the Castle opposite Queen Victoria’s statue.
The Vicars’ Hall
The Vicars’ Hall is our main meeting room.
Built in the year of the battle of Agincourt in 1415, the Vicars’ Hall was the venue for Shakespeare’s first performance of the Merry Wives of Windsor in front of Queen Elizabeth 1st at the Garter Feast on April 23 1597.
When you are there you will see why those who return to St George’s House for events say that it ruins them for the “conference circuit”! It is exceptional space to work in and whenever we leave Windsor feeling that we have made some major breakthroughs, this has much to do with the experience of working inside this remarkable Hall.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The dress code for the Conversations is “smart casual” (non-Elizabethan!), with an emphasis on casual.
This means that men are not expected to wear a tie at any time during the event unless you positively want to do so.
St George’s Chapel
Guests are always welcome to attend services in the Chapel. The times of services are displayed in Reception.
Main Castle Gates
The main Castle gates are closed around 23:30. If, exceptionally, you wish to enter or leave after that hour you may do so through the Advance Gate (next to the Visitor Centre) and the Moat Road. The Henry VIII Gate reopens at 0700. The front door to St George’s House will not be locked during your stay.