Christmas at Highclere- Recipes & Traditions from the Real Downton Abbey

Christmas at Highclere
Recipes & Traditions from the Real Downton Abbey

Talk by Lady Carnarvon &  Castle Guided Tours

Tuesday, 21st December 2021

Tickets: £130 per person

Just before Christmas is there anywhere better to get into the Festive spirit? Join Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle.

Gather in the Saloon in front of the spectacular Christmas tree for a short introduction to Christmas at Highclere led by Lady Carnarvon, after which our Highclere guides will take you on a guided tour through the Castle’s State Rooms, up the staircase and around the Gallery Bedrooms. Guests are then invited to descend to the cellars to explore at your leisure the fascinating Egyptian Exhibition that tells the story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and contains antiquities from the earlier tombs in the Valley of the Nobles and Valley of the Queens.

Our guides have exceptional knowledge of the building, works of art and furniture with plenty of anecdotes to share with you. As you go round you will recognise the very familiar rooms which you will also remember from the Downton Abbey Christmas specials as well as the Film.

Following your tour, please enjoy some homemade soup, Christmas cake and a hot drink before the all important Christmas shopping in our Castle Gift Shop where we are delighted to offer you a complimentary signed copy of Lady Carnarvon’s book ‘Christmas at Highclere’.

Morning Admission begins at 10:00am for your talk, but we suggest you arrive 30 minutes before your entry time into the Castle to be seated in the Saloon. The suggested departure time is 1:30pm.

Afternoon Admission begins at 12:30pm for your talk, but we suggest you arrive 30 minutes before your entry time into the Castle to be seated in the Saloon. The Grounds close at 4:00pm given that it gets dark early. If you wish to look round the Gardens before your Talk and Tour, please do so from 11:00am.

Please note the Gardens and Grounds will close promptly at 4.00pm.  

Dress code for the event is smart/casual; please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.


Numbers are limited and we ask you to pre-book.

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