Real Lives & Film Sets Guided Tours, Sep/Oct 2019

Real Lives & Film Sets
Castle Guided Tours

Lord and Lady Carnarvon are delighted to invite you to step into the real-life location and living film set from Downton Abbey this autumn. Wind your way through the park, along the gravel drive and join us to explore the very familiar State Rooms from the much-loved series and upcoming film "Downton Abbey".

During your Guided Tour, you will recognise where so many of your favourite scenes were shot, so many memorable lines uttered. Downton Abbey has given much enjoyment to many people and a Tour of the Real Downton Abbey must be the ultimate engagement.

Beginning in the Saloon, the heart of the Castle and a central room where characters from upstairs and downstairs met, the Tour will share the real history and works of art from the Stanhope bedroom, decorated in real life in 1895 for HRH the Prince of Wales and also the bedroom in which the handsome Turkish diplomat died of a heart attack. It was also Shirley MacLaine's bedroom for one episode and Lady Anstruther's in another.

After the Tour through the State Rooms, up the Great Oak Staircase and around the Gallery Bedrooms, guests are then invited to descend to the cellars to explore the Egyptian Exhibition.

This fascinating Exhibition tells the story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and contains antiquities from the earlier tombs in the Valley of the Nobles and Valley of the Queens. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter spent some 16 years working in Egypt, before they knocked through a sealed door to find a Royal tomb 3,500 years old.

Following this, you will enjoy a seasonal buffet chosen by our Head Chef and served in our Coach House Tea Rooms. This will include a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade soup, quiche and delicious mini cakes, as well as traditional scones and cakes.

A stroll in the Grounds is a must after indulging in the Coach House. Please take the opportunity to explore the Gardens.

The number of guests for these tours are strictly limited. Small groups of up to 20 guests are given a Guided Tour of the State Rooms by our experienced Guides in order to provide an exclusive and unique experience.




Tickets are £125 per person to include the Guided Tour of the State Rooms and the Egyptian Exhibition and still leave time to explore the Gardens at your leisure. The Castle Gift Shop will also be open for those last minute souvenirs of your special day.

Your ticket also includes the complimentary refreshments and a copy of the Countess of Carnarvon’s new book 'Christmas at Highclere, Traditions and Recipes from the Real Downton Abbey'.


Please select either a morning ticket, where you arrive at 10:30am departing at 1:30pm, or an afternoon ticket where you arrive for 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 your ticket time. Grounds close promptly at 5.30pm.

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

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