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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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  • August 21, 2017
    Great to see and to do with it. Wonderful experience to see the set of Downton Abbey. Really an experience. What a beauty. Also the gardens are a great experience. We were very impressed. A tea in the beautiful garden. You can imagine yourself really so many years back in time.
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  • August 21, 2017
    This is one of the most unfriendly dog welcoming place I have ever visited. Not even allowed to walk my companion dog on the tarmac entrances or edit without being told off. Be warned and don't come i...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    I had tried to visit Highclere Castle 2 years ago but the last season of Downton Abbey was being filmed so it was closed to the public. Traveling once again to England, this time without a rental care...  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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