Christmas Tours and Afternoon Teas

Christmas Tours &
Afternoon Tea

Get into the spirit of Christmas at the real “Downton Abbey” and join us for Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle.

Ticket Price:
Adult £85 

Carer £45
Children (4-16yrs) £45

Admire our traditional Victorian Christmas tree in the Saloon and the festive garlands that cascade down the Oak Stairs and the Red Stairs, the silver and green arrangements in the Drawing Room and the traditional styling of the Library and the State Dining Room.

Tour the bedrooms upstairs and explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars which tells the story of the world-famous discovery in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.


Following your Tour, make your way outside to the Christmas Marquee on the Castle Lawns for a delicious seated traditional Afternoon Tea.

Please take the opportunity to visit the Castle Gift Shop and explore the Gardens at your own leisure. We hope you find some charming Christmas gifts for friends and family to complete your shopping.

These exclusive tours are available for a limited number of guests and include a Christmas Tour, traditional Afternoon Tea and time to explore the Castle Gift Shop and Gardens.

In order to help you plan your day, and to help us ensure we have time to clean everything thoroughly between tours, we have created the following schedules:

A.  Gates open from 9:30am.
      Tour Entry 10am (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

B.  Gates open 11:00am.
      Tour Entry 11:30am (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

C.  Gates open 12:30pm.
      Tour Entry 1:00pm (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

D.  Gates open 1:30pm.
      Tour Entry 2:30pm (Tour of Castle & Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)


'Christmas at Highclere' by the Countess of Carnarvon.
Available from the Courtyard Gift Shop at the Castle and Amazon.

The Tours are each about 1½ hours long followed by Afternoon Tea for 45 minutes. We would ask Group D to explore the gardens and Gift Shop earlier before your Castle Tour and Afternoon Tea.

Grounds close promptly at 5pm.

The dress code for the event is smart/casual with sensible outdoor wear should you wish to explore the gardens.

Dietary Requirements: Please note we are delighted to offer a choice of three menus: our traditional, vegetarian or gluten-free Christmas tea menu. Please note that we do not offer a Vegan menu, nor can we guarantee that our products are either DAIRY FREE or NUT FREE.

When booking please ensure you are following current Government guidance on Covid-19. We are unable to accommodate bookings any larger than 6 at the present time.

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