Spring Special Guided Tours. 6th March - 6th May 2021

Spring Special Guided Tours

“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"

The original film of “The Secret Garden” with Maggie Smith was partly filmed at Highclere. It is, like Spring, a story of hope and these early months of the cycle of the year are a time of promise as a well as a time for work in the gardens.

Every guided tour, however, begins in the Castle and these tour dates offer a unique experience for a limited number of guests. On arrival, you will be welcomed into the Saloon, which is at the heart of the Castle very familiar from the series and film “Downton Abbey”.

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.

The tour will take you through the State Rooms, the Gallery and Castle Bedrooms all part of a real and fictional home. Our guides have exceptional knowledge of the building, works of art and furniture and also of stories behind the scenes from acting as stewards throughout filming.

After the Castle Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition, located in our atmospheric Castle cellars. The Exhibition tells the story of, 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 Paul, the Head Gardener and his gardening team, will be on hand to explain the structure of the Gardens and their Spring plans.

Tickets are £120 per person which includes a guided tour of the Castle with an opportunity to view the Grounds and Gardens, complimentary tea and refreshments and a complimentary signed “Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey”.

Morning Tours: your tour time will begin at 10:30am and with a departure of 1:30pm. 
Afternoon Tours: your tour time will begin at 1:30pm with a 4:30pm 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 5.00pm. The dress code for the event is smart/casual; please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.


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