Our Highclere Castle/Downton Abbey tour can be taken on any day that Highclere Castle is open to the public. The Spring 2017 opening dates are 7th to 23rd April inclusive, with the exception of Friday 14th April which is Good Friday when it will be closed. The castle is then open to the public on 30th April, 1st, 2nd, 28th, 29th and 30th May. The Summer opening dates are Sunday 9th July to Wednesday 6th September, closed every Friday and Saturday. Spend either a morning or an afternoon at this truly unique English estate that has achieved global popularity as the film location of Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is also included in our London/Cotswolds tour.
Highclere Castle has been the seat of the Carnarvon family since 1679. Built on an ancient site dating back thirteen hundred years and recorded in the Domesday Book, the castle and estate provide a fascinating insight into England's landscape and building heritage. The present day castle was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect also responsible for building the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Highclere Castle's history also includes a fascinating connection with ancient Egypt, as the 5th Earl, with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Highclere Castle houses an Exhibition to commemorate this historic event, including some rare antiques from the 5th Earl's earlier Egyptian excavations.
Highclere Castle Tour highlights include:
- A visit to other 'Downton Abbey' film locations
- The Egyptian Exhibition within Highclere Castle
- Highclere Castle State Rooms and Capability Brown grounds
As your journey is as important as your destination then sit back and relax in one of our luxurious vehicles. Our prices are per vehicle NOT per person and include your chauffeur guide, collection and return to your central London hotel but not entrance fees where applicable, parking or meals.
To read more about this tour, click the icon below to download information, or click here to book. May we also suggest one of England's hidden gems which has tremendous ties to Highclere Castle, Waddesdon Manor, which is included in our Waddesdon Manor and The Chiltern Hills Tour.