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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). A visit to Highclere Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Newbury trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We booked this trip in December on a Sunday Times special tour which included a 45 minute Q&A with Fiona the 8th Countess of Carnarvon, who was a very articulate, informative and approachable. The int...  more »
  • Very pleasant tour, cafe was too busy to get a seat which was a shame. Queue to get in was very long  more »
  • The property is extremely well maintained and it is EXACTLY the way you see at Downton Abbey. The gardens/fields and views surrounding the Castle are breathtaking. The refreshments (tea) served at the...  more »
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  • Lovely ! The grounds were beautiful and the building was very striking. The inside tour was thorough and filled with fascinating facts about the occupiers and the filming of Downton Abbey. An enjoyable day out. However there are limited toilets and it is only open for select days in the year
  • Well what can you say about this amazing place that isn't obvious. It's beyond beautiful, it's downright magical. Photos and videos don't do it justice. The architecture is meant to be savored and studied. I wish I could spend a week there! The grounds are just as beautiful so try to go on a nice day and walk around. The history of the castle is fascinating and the guides were very knowledgeable and lovely. Highly recommend a visit!
  • Great day out. Can get really busy in the house. Gardens are well looked after. Well worth a visit. Will go back again.
  • Great visit. Very cool to be there after watching the show. The only reason for not giving fine starts is the you can't take pictures inside.
  • It was as beautiful as the show. Only downfall is you are NOT ALLOWED to take pictures inside the castle. That was disappointing. But the entire tour was great. I'd go with Premium Tours if you need one.
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