near Newbury, Hampshire
Average time spent – 2-3+ hours.
Things to do at Highclere Castle review
Highclere Castle is a Grade 1 listed country house that was built back in 1679 and renovated in the 1840s with parkland that was designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Highclere near Newbury in Hampshire.
Highclere is famous for being the on-site location for the filming of the ever-popular period drama Downton Abbey. You can book guided tours and enjoy special events throughout the year. There are almost 300 tooms in the castle and although the tour can’t take in all of these you will explore the main staterooms especially those familiar from Downton Abbey.
Another reason Highclere Castle is famous is that in November 1922 the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Carnarvon family have lived in Highclere since 1679.
To celebrate their discovery Highclere is now home at an Egyptian exhibition within the cellars of the castle. This explores the path to the discovery of this most famous of tombs with six exhibition rooms including some of the Earl’s own collection of antiquities.
Gardens you can explore include the Monk’s Garden, the White border, the Wood of Goodwill, the Rose arbour, Wildflower meadow and the herb garden. There are 18th-century follies with wonderful views. The gardens and grounds are only open when the castle is open. Although there are a number of public footpaths that are open throughout the year.
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Important Information Highclere Castle
Eating – There is a tea room serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Enormous castle with guided tours, an Egyptian exhibition and extensive grounds and gardens that you can explore. There are toilets on-site and a tea room.
Entry price – *Higher priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced. There is a range of tours you can book on and also a variation on price. An adult castle, exhibition and garden ticket in the spring cost £24, children are £14, family ticket £66.
Opening: Highclere Castle has varied opening times and dates. Please visit their website for up to date opening times.
Dog friendly? Dogs are permitted in the grounds on a lead.
Address: Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN, Hampshire, England. Phone: 01635 253210
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
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