Spring Special Guided Tours. 2nd March - 8th April 2020

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 Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are opening their beautiful home in March and April 2020, where you can experience a unique and special guided tour of Highclere Castle for a limited number of visitors.

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.

After the House Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition, located 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, Paul the Head Gardener and his gardening team will be on hand to explain the structure of the gardens and their Spring plans.

Refreshments will be served in the Coach House Tea Rooms with a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, quiches, mini cakes and other dishes depending on chef's choice. 

Tickets are £120 per person which includes a Guided Tour of the Castle with a chance to view the Grounds and Gardens, complimentary refreshments and a gift bag (signed book). 


Morning Tours: your tour time will be 10:30am and with a departure of 1:30pm.
Afternoon Tours: your tour time will begin at 1:30pm with a  departure of 4:30pm.

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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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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