This Spring, we will be offering guided tours on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April, as part of our first Open Weekend of the year.
Come and find out about our fascinating history and our charitable work today, and explore this stunning former royal residence in the heart of Windsor Great Park.
Guided tours will take place at the following times, on each day:
10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cumberland Lodge has a fascinating history, dating back to the 17th century. Historically, it was home to the Rangers of the Great Park, including Prince Christian and Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria in the late 19th century. It takes its name from William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and second son of King George II, who took up the Rangership in 1746.
The final private occupant of the Lodge was Lord FitzAlan of Derwent, last Viceroy of a united Ireland under British rule, who was never Ranger, but he lived at the Lodge from 1924 until his death in 1947. At that point, King George VI broke with tradition, and Cumberland Lodge was granted to a new, educational foundation.
The educational foundation was established by Amy Buller, with the support of the King and Queen. Buller had recently published her groundbreaking book, Darkness over Germany, about the rise of National Socialism amongst students and academics in Germany in the late 1930s. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was Patron of the organisation, which was originally called the St Catharine’s Foundation and later became The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St Catharine.
This was the basis for the present-day Cumberland Lodge.
Tours of the building cost £2.50 and must be booked in advance. We regret that we have now sold out.
All proceeds raised from the event will be used to support our charitable work in empowering people, through dialogue and debate, to tackle the causes and effects of social division.
There is ample free parking on site.
We will be offering further tours as part of our fundraising Summer Garden Party on Sunday 28 July, and for Heritage Open Days on 14 and 15 September 2019.
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