Winter Castle Opening: Saturday, 8th December 2018

Come and visit the Castle on Saturday December 8th. Enjoy the Christmas decorations, carols, warming traditional food all day in the tearooms and if the weather permits, enjoy the magic of a winter garden perhaps touched with frost and mist.

A beautiful traditional garland winds down the staircase leading into the Saloon, a magnificent room in which the impressive Christmas tree stands. Highclere's Victorian architecture and rich interiors are a warm foil for the wintery weather. You may well also recognise all the interiors from the TV series ‘Downton Abbey’.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition, located in the Castle cellars, celebrating one of the most significant archaeological finds in history, the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Peer through into the secret chambers and learn how the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter came to make such a remarkable discovery.

The Grounds will open from 9am, with the Castle opening its doors at 9.30am. Last admission will be at 2.30pm. The Estate will then close at 4.30pm.

Tickets will be split into AM and PM admission. Morning ticket holders must BEGIN their visit inside the castle and/or Exhibition between 9.30am and 12noon. Afternoon ticket holders must BEGIN their visit between 12noon and 2.30pm. You are most welcome to enjoy the Gardens, Gift Shop and the Tearooms throughout the day.

The following ticket options are available:

Ticket Category

Adult Price

Child Price*

Castle, Exhibition & Gardens (AM or PM)



*A child ticket is for those aged 4-16 years of age. Children under the age of 4 will receive free admission.

For this day of special festive opening we are unable to offer any discounted rates or free admission for HHA members. However, as per our normal policy, a necessary carer of a registered disabled visitor will receive free admission.

Tickets for our Winter Public Opening must be pre-booked using the date selector below. We will not be selling additional walk up tickets on the day. Tickets are sold online through this website. Orders cannot be taken via the telephone.

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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.

In order to avoid fraudulent tickets, please bring the credit/debit card used to pay for your admission tickets to present when you visit the Castle. If this is a problem, please ring the office on 01635 253210. Thank you for your help and cooperation.