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Highclere Castle, Newbury

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The stately Highclere Castle serves as the primary filming location of the British television drama Downton Abbey and as a real-life country home. You'll find opulently furnished staterooms and bedrooms inside the home, and exquisitely manicured gardens on the 405 hectares (1,000 acres) of parkland outside it. Head down to the cellar to see the collection of antiquities in the Egyptian exhibit. A guide will lead you through the castle, which is still the residence of the Earl of Carnarvon. If you're traveling with a young child, you'll have to leave your stroller in the front hall (space is limited). Make Highclere Castle a part of your Newbury vacation plans using our Newbury tourist route planner.
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  • I like so many others came to know this place because of Downton Abbey. I was super excited to get the chance to visit as the castle is only open certain times of the year. The first impression you ge...  more »
  • When we were in England recently, we drove to try and see the castle. We'd looked at their webpage and knew that there were no tours that day, but we had at least hoped to get to see it from afar. Tha...  more »
  • Never watch Downton Abbey, That wanted to See what the big fuss was all about. The Castle is amazing Very well maintained, The grounds are beautiful, Highly recommend afternoon tea in the Castle. Disa...  more »
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  • Had an amazing time here with my friend. Was hard to get tickets but we'll worth the wait. The drive up to the castle alone was exciting (We put the downton theme music on as we approached) and the exhibition inside was as fascinating as the castle. Had a cream tea which was lovely and recommend checking out the shop.
  • As a DA fan, I had to stop by! It's magical pulling in and being able to snap pictures. The castle tour itself is a huge disappointment. The lines are long and you are packed like sardines in the rooms. I think they need to find a better system in regulating how many people are allowed in at a time. You can't take any pics inside which is a disappointment. Nice cafe. Gift shop is super overpriced.
  • Beautiful grounds and great house. Understandable but it is a pity more was not open to the public. A tour around the kitchens of Downton could have been nice,. Shame they do not allow photography inside the building.
  • April really is the wrong time to visit the castle if all you want to do is look at the gardens. Not many plants are out yet. Highclere Castle is in a beautiful setting though and for under £10 to walk around the gardens you can't complain. It would be nice if they labelled all their plants!
  • The grounds are extensive, and lovely to visit in their own right. You can buy tickets to visit the grounds only, or pay extra to go inside. You aren't allowed to take photos inside which is a shame, but the rooms are beautifully decorated, and you are free to wander at your own pace.

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