Oct 3rd - Nov 15th: Autumn 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. (A limited number of tickets are still available. Please see the date selector below for availability).

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! Morning Tours begin at 10:30am but you are welcome to arrive at 10:00am. The suggested departure time is 1:30pm. Afternoon Tours 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:

October 2017:

  • Tuesday 3rd October
  • Wednesday 4th October
  • Saturday 7th October
  • Wednesday 11th October
  • Wednesday 25th October
  • Thursday 26th October

The Castle is holding a special Champagne Reception in aid of the "Rosemary Appeal" (Dialysis & Cancer Care for West Berkshire) on Tuesday, October 17th. The evening will be hosted by the Earl & Countess of Carnarvon, who will be joined by special guest, actor David Robb, Dr. Clarkson from the cast of Downton Abbey. Click HERE for more information.

November 2017:

  • Tuesday 7th November
  • Wednesday 15th November

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

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