Castle Tours & Shopping for Gifts, Wed 4th & Thu 5th December. SOLD OUT

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Christmas at Highclere
Castle Tours and Shopping for Gifts

Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th December
in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance and St Michaels & All Angels Church.

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon transform the State Rooms of Highclere Castle to provide a unique Christmas experience. Get into the festive spirit and admire our Christmas decorations with our spectacular Christmas tree in the Saloon, the heart of the Castle, sing along to the carols sung by our Choir throughout the day and discover our shopping marquee on the Castle Lawns with a selection of handpicked stall holders, with a variety of decorations, gifts, crafts and artisan festive foods to finish off your Christmas shopping!


The doors open at 9.30am with last admission at 2.30pm. The Grounds will close at 4.30pm. Tickets are split into two admission times. We ask morning ticket holders enter the Castle between 9.30am and 12noon and afternoon ticket holders enter the Castle between 12noon and 2.30pm. You are welcome to shop and walk in the Gardens, weather permitting, throughout the day and we hope you will find many charming and useful gifts.

Your ticket includes entry to the Castle State Rooms, Gallery Bedrooms, and Shopping Marquee situated on the Castle Lawns. Should you wish to explore the Egyptian Exhibition, we would ask for a suggested donation of £5 to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance at the entrance to the Exhibition.

The Air Ambulance relies on donations from the public to pay for its helicopters, fuel and upkeep. Please support the paramedic fast response teams, so that they can help those in desperate need. You are free to explore the Castle Gift Shop, Tearooms, Courtyard and Gardens at your leisure.

Guests are welcome to enjoy warming coffees and croissants in the morning in the Castle Tearooms, whilst choosing from a traditional selection of foods for lunch, including homemade soups made in the Castle kitchens, Paninis, delicious scones and cakes. You will also find the festive favourites that include mulled wine and mince pies!

Ticket Category Adult Price Child Price*
Christmas at Highclere Castle Tours and Shopping for Gifts £30.00 £15.00
Egyptian Exhibition – suggested donation to TVAA £5.00 £5.00

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

For these two days 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 this event must be pre-booked using the date selector below and are not available by 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.

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