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Highclere Castle, Newbury

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were so lucky to be passing by on the last open day of the summer and thankfully were able to get walk up tickets in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day and very busy, but we only waited about 15...  read more »
  • House & garden guided tours tell the story of this beautiful building set in a glorious landscaped background. Stepping back in time and being submerged in it's history and reliving the British drama ...  read more »
  • I undertook a trip to England of the Canada with my daughter and she is a fan of Downton Abbey so we made the journey to the Highclere Castle. I knew it was closed to visitors but I was hoping that we could see it and take a picture. We took the road up to the Castle, but we had to exceed the point closed to the public to see. We have been overtaken by security who wouldn't we let take a photo. Unfortunately once again the money is more important than people. Well, I think that the visit would have been appreciated by fans of the series Downton Abbey.
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  • Beautiful experience at Highclere Castle today. Because of a morning castle ticket but late afternoon tea ticket, I spent the majority of the day at Highclere Castle today. The grounds are lovely, and despite some chilly wind it was a mostly beautiful day. The tour was of more of the house than I was expecting, no pictures inside the home however. The food and tea at the lunchroom was delicious, but a little crowded. There was a nice overflow seating tent outside next to the Gate House I would recommend. My only issue was not being able to easily find the Afternoon Tea, there is a small staircase in the front of the Gate House. If you're taking a taxi from Newbury to the grounds, expect each direction to come in at about twenty pounds.
  • I booked this trip 6 months in advance for my other half's birthday. I have been to many stately homes and castles, but none so snooty and unwelcoming as this. It rests completely on the fact that it is the filming location of Downton Abbey. Despite a member of (ridiculously snooty and self important) staff in every room, there is not a single piece of information to be learned about the building itself. In fact, the visit reminded me of the episode of Downton Abbey when the family open it to the public and know nothing about it - except without the humour. If only 1 of the 200 pieces of card telling you where you may not sit or stand actually included an interesting fact about the place. Despite the fact that it is the filming location of such a well known series, you are not permitted to take photos - perhaps because in places the wall coverings are perishing and the current owners don't want it known that it's not in perfect condition? Then there's the bizarre adornment of every surface with photos of the current family, the flyers for the owner's blog, and randomly assorted copies of National Geographic everywhere. All in all, I can think of a million better ways to spend £22.
  • Took my wife for a trip for a christmas present. Lovely, scenic surroundings. If a downton fan then worth the visit! My wife is and was over the moon! Good day out
  • I am sorry to say I have not yet visited but hope to very soon. Just wanted to make a comment. I live most of the year in the USA and have one friend who visited. They loved the castle and house but said the staff in the house were very rude. When looking at comments on the Internet it appears this was not an isolated incident. It saddens me as a Brit that we are treating overseas guests in such a way. It seems to me that changes needs to be made immediately before any more damage is done to the castles reputation.
  • Nice castle, not so good tv series. Apparently it did not even yield the Lord enough cash to keep the place up. Too bad the series didn't do better on the episode where they gave a house tour. If they had, it might have generated more interest in the place. The Lord ought to consult some tech-savvy money-raisers, and try what is called 'crowd-funding'. He shouldn't wait on that, as the series is ending and so then will the public's enthusiasm for it.
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