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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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  • We from St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston were enchanted to be able to visit Highclere Castle! We were treated to a remarkable presentation which included details about the architecture, art, furnishings and life in the castle., as well as the rich history of the family. As many of us are avid fans of Downton Abbey, our knowledgeable docent included many details of just how the beautiful rooms were included in this marvelous series. Most special in our tour was a surprise appearance by Lady Fiona who visited with us and answered questions about the castle and grounds. What a memorable day!
  • Never saw Downton Abbey but it was an interesting day trip none the less.... I would have expected more from the tea shop though! I mean it's the set for Downton Abbey!
  • As a huge fan of Downton Abbey this had been on my list of places to visit for years and so when I knew I would be in the area it had to be done Even though its mid August there was no problem getting a walk up ticket but I arrived at 9.15 to make sure I did! The friendly guy on the gate advised me to queue up long before 10 am so I could get good access to the house before the coaches arrived and I am very glad I did as many of the rooms are smaller than I imagined and there was a long queue waiting when we had finished You are free to wander around many of the rooms at your leisure but sadly no photography allowed in the house and of course there are many references to the filming but the knowledgable guides many who have worked there since the house opened to the public in 1988 could tell you the family history and also point out the Van Gogh paintings of the Ancestors The bedrooms were a delight and the gallery landing was a fantastic viewing point for the splendid saloon In the cellar is the Egyptian exhibition with artefacts from the 5th Earls quests with Howard Carter, there is an additional cost to visit this After the wonder of the house it was time for coffee in one of the three tearooms where a mug of coffee is only £1.50 (take note N.T) and yummy homemade cakes I next explored the gardens including the secret garden which is delight in itself There is a gift shop as well The whole experience takes a minimum of 3 hours
  • This is a must visit place if you are a Downton Abbey fan! We had the morning entry ticket followed by an afternoon tea, so during the time in between we enjoyed the beautiful grounds as well as the Egyptian exhibit. Do visit that exhibit because you will learn about the connection between Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter and his excursions. The downside about the house is that you are unable to take photos. And, there isn't much context about the rooms, so you will need to read the laminated information pages found in each room. The tea was lovely and the service was very attentive and friendly. The gift shop had goodies of all types and budgets. Bottom line - well worth the visit! Tip: If arriving by train, be sure to arrange for a taxi pick up in advance, and back. The cost each way is about £25.
  • Loved it as a Downton Abbey fan but also as a lover of English history. The grounds are vast and beautiful. Perfect for a picnic or just a long walk. No photos allowed in the residence which is a shame but still a fun experience.