Special Winter Tours: Jan - Mar 2019

Special Winter Tours

January-March 2019

We have only two dates left: March 9th & 26th.

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are delighted to welcome guests to their beautiful home for a limited number of dates between mid January and the end of March 2019. 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.

During the spring public opening period there may be 1,200 visitors in the Castle, if you join us on one of these special guided tours (on any morning or afternoon) we look forward to welcoming 50 to 60 guests. It is therefore a very different experience. Guests are welcomed into the Saloon, the heart of the Castle which in the depths of winter is lit by the roaring fire. Following the guided tour through the State Rooms, up the staircases and around the bedrooms, guests are then invited to descend to the cellars to explore the Egyptian exhibition at leisure.

This fascinating Exhibition 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. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter spent some 16 years working out in Egypt before they knocked through a sealed door to find a royal tomb 3,500 years old.

We then hope you will enjoy a selection of refreshments in the Coach House Tearooms from homemade soups, quiches, delicious mini cakes and other dishes depending on the season and chef's choice.

Our guides have exceptional knowledge of the building, works of art and furniture with plenty of anecdotes.

Tickets are £120 per person which includes a guided tour of the Castle and plenty of time to view the Egyptian Exhibition, Grounds and Gardens. Your ticket will also include complimentary refreshments and a complimentary 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 1:30pm but you are welcome to arrive at 1:00pm. The suggested departure time is 4:30pm.

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 5pm as it gets dark early at this time of year. If the weather is crisp and dry please do enjoy a walk in the gardens and we hope that March guests will begin to perceive the first signs of early daffodils and or snow drops in the gardens. The dress code for the event is smart/casual. Please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.

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