Living in a Castle. Saturday 7th May 2022 - Friday 13th May 2022

Living in a Castle

May Guided Tours, Talks & Spring Gardens

Saturday 7th May 2022 - Friday 13th May 2022

Price: £90.00 per person to include a Talk, a guided Tour of the Castle State Rooms and Galleried Bedrooms and the Gardens. 

“I thought it would be interesting and fun to share what life was and is like to live in a Castle. This week focuses around the theme of how to “steward” an extraordinary and much loved family home, which resonates with history, and which, in our case we share with a film crew. Other fascinating custodians are joining each day to share their stories and experiences of similar houses and lead the talks.”

Lady Carnarvon

Guests are welcomed into the Saloon, at the heart of the Castle, where the entertaining talks will take place. Following each talk, guests have the chance to enjoy a Guided Tour both to explore the works of art but also the rooms which are, of course, also the set in which “Downton Abbey” was filmed both for TV and the two films.

The structure of the day allows you to enjoy the Gardens either at your leisure or in the company of a guide.




May is a special time of year at Highclere when you can enjoy the famous azalea beds in the gardens. A riot of colour and scent, they stretch across the lawns in front of the folly, "Jackdaws Castle". The Azaleas altaclarense (Highclere) developed circa 1820, are now to be found in many gardens on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  



 Numbers are limited and we ask you to pre-book. There is a choice of three arrival times:

● 10.00am. We welcome you into the Castle to take your seats in the Saloon by 10.30am.

● 12.00noon. We welcome you into the Castle to take your seats in the Saloon by 12.30pm.

● 2.00pm. We welcome you into the Castle to take your seats in the Saloon by 2.30pm.



Each time has a structured programme for you.  Please do allow four to five hours to enjoy your day here at Highclere.

If you choose 2.30pm please feel free to arrive from 1pm to enjoy the Gardens and Gift Shop.

The Tearooms are open throughout the day for all guests offering a selection of food, including sandwiches, cakes, scones, teas and coffees to purchase as you wish. The Gift Shop is also open with a wonderful selection of homeware, plant pots, books and gifts! 

The price reflects the exclusive Guided Tours and structured schedule of the day which at other times of year are set at a higher price. 

To purchase tickets for these special openings, please see the date selection calendar below.

Dress code: Sensible outdoor wear should you wish to explore the Gardens!

Please note this event does not include the Egyptian Exhibition. However, should guests be unable to gather outside for the welcome talk due to inclement weather, the Egyptian Exhibition will be included on the day instead.


Regretfully, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooters in the Castle. We do, however, have a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for use by Castle visitors. Please contact the Castle Office on 01635 253210 to discuss your wheelchair requirement. Wheelchairs can access the ground floor of the Castle. However, the first floor is accessible by stairs only. Please note that there is disabled access in the Gardens via our gravelled paths.


The Gardens and Grounds will close at 5.00pm.

Click HERE to view our Terms and Conditions. The 'Frequently Asked Questions' section of our website does not relate to this event. Please contact the Castle office if you have any questions.

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