Spring Guided Tours & Garden Secrets: 15/23 March, 27/28 April

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The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are opening their beautiful home for a limited number of dates in April 2018, where you can experience a unique and special guided tour of Highclere Castle.


Spring Guided Tours & Garden Secrets in April

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 

Frances Hodgson Burnett, "The Secret Garden"


Scenes from the film adaptation of the book, ‘The Secret Garden’ were filmed at Highclere. Thus inspired, we are delighted to welcome you to Highclere this Springtime. Leave the winter blues behind and come and explore not just Highclere Castle but also the Gardens.

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 tell you some of the history of Highclere and then guide you around the very familiar State Rooms from the much loved series “Downton Abbey”! 

 


 

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

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition, housed in our atmospheric Castle cellars. The Exhibition tells the story and contains antiquities from the tombs that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter nearly 100 years ago.
 

 


Weather permitting, we will take you behind the scenes through the gardens with Paul Barker, our head gardener, to explain Highclere’s planting plans and projects for Spring.

Tickets are £100 per person which includes a guided tour of the Castle with a chance to view the Grounds and Gardens, complimentary tea and refreshments. Morning Tours: your arrival time will be 10am and with a departure of 1pm. AfternoonTours: your  arrival time will be 2pm with a 5pm departure time.

 


 

Please note that the gates to the Castle and Grounds will open no more than 30 minutes prior to your ticket time and grounds close promptly at 5.30pm. The dress code for the event is smart/casual, please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.

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