Mid Summer Special Guided Tours. May - July 2020

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are opening their beautiful home on selected Summer dates from Saturday, May 30th through the weeks of June until early July 2020.  

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." – a quote from the American author Henry James, who spent weekends at Highclere Castle.

Each tour welcomes  small numbers of guests and, with the advantge of space and weather, we still hope you might join us to experience a bespoke special Guided Tour of Highclere Castle. Tickets include complimentary refreshments (homemade scones, quiche, soup, cakes and finger sandwiches served by our banqueting team in the Coach House), as well as a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon’s beautiful book “At Home at Highclere”.

Highclere Castle has been part of the Carnarvon family since the late seventeenth century. Whilst rich in treasure and steeped in history, Highclere retains the warmth and welcome of a much loved family home.

On arrival, you will be welcomed into the Saloon, which is at the heart of the Castle with a 50ft high glazed ceiling, a magnificent open fireplace and a gothic style minstrel gallery. Before you embark on your Tour, our guides will explain how they will help you explore some of the very familiar State Rooms for those of you who have loved the series and film “Downton Abbey”!

The Tour will also take you round the Gallery and Castle Bedrooms. Our guides have exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture with plenty of anecdotes.

After your House Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the Castle, which tells the story of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun and contains antiquities that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter nearly 100 years ago.

Tickets are £120 per person which includes a Guided Tour of the Castle with plenty of time to view the Egyptian Exhibition, Grounds and Gardens. 

Please select either a Morning Ticket, where your tour begins at 10:30am departing at 1:30pm, or an Afternoon Ticket where your Tour begins at 1.30pm departing at 4:30pm. The Guided Tour will commence at your chosen ticket start time.



Please note that the gates to the Castle and Grounds will open no more than 30 minutes prior to your ticket time. Grounds close promptly at 5.00pm.

Dress code for the event is smart/casual, please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.

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Due to the popularity of the Castle, tickets purchased for a given date and entrance time cannot be exchanged, refunded or re-dated.

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