Autumn Special Guided Tours

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The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are opening their beautiful home for a limited number of dates in the Autumn of 2017 where you can experience a special Guided Tour of Highclere Castle, known to millions as the set of the much loved TV series, 'Downton Abbey'.

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 explain how they will help you explore some of the familiar State Rooms for those of you who have loved the TV series!    

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. 

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition which tells the story of, and contains antiquities from, the tombs that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter nearly 100 years ago.

Tickets are £100 per person which includes a guided tour of the Castle with plenty of time to view the Grounds and Gardens, complimentary refreshments and a goody bag! Your Tour will begin at 2pm but you are welcome to arrive at 1:30pm. The suggested departure time is 5pm. Please note that the gates to the Castle and Grounds will open no more than 30 minutes prior to your ticket time and that the Grounds close promptly at 5.30pm. The dress code for the event is smart/casual. Please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.

Special Tour Dates:

September 2017:

  • Tuesday 19th September
  • Wednesday 20th September
  • Wednesday 27th September
  • Thursday 28th September

October 2017:

  • Thursday 5th October
  • Friday 6th October

November 2017:

  • Wednesday 1st November

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