Highclere Castle Summary
- Address: Newbury, RG20 9RN (Map)
- Tel: +44 (0)1635 253210
- Fax: +44 (0)1635 255315
- Owner: The Earl of Carnarvon
- Administrator: The Castle Office
- E-mail: Click here to contact
Highclere Castle Description
This spectacular Victorian Castle is currently the setting for Downton Abbey. Visit the splendid State Rooms; admire the masculine opulence of the Library; the lovely south facing Drawing Room. Explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the Castle Cellars; the Antiquities Room and an amazing recreation of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
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Your Reviews of Highclere Castle
David Marx (24 July 2012)
On July 9, 2012 my wife having travelled to the UK from Toronto, set our for planned bus trip of visiting Highclere Castle. The coach tour operators blundered completely and there was no bus to take any of the forty or so people who had paid for the trip. Luckily the trip leader Tim Heath, cobbled together we two Canadians, an Irish mother and her daughter, three Dutch ladies and a solo traveller from Australia and we took subways, trains and taxis to the castle. All the other scheduled visitors went home dismayed and bewildered. Finally having arrived at Highclere our trip leader took us through all parts of the castle that were accessible to the public. After an hour inside the castle we were left to our own to dine at one of the several eating areas and shop at the gift store. It was a lovely castle and definitely worth the trip from Toronto. What was truly unforgettable were the grounds around the castle. The building itself is situated on a plateau and so are the grounds around it. Then the topography slopes away and is surrounded by grazing lands and farm animals. Beyond those lower fields, the topography rises in the distance. The grounds around the castle are primarily grass with a few very large trees. It is as pretty a place as I have ever seen and that is my permanent memory of our trip to Highclere.
Char (25 June 2012)
I was in the UK back in 2002. My friend and I were driving back to London when we saw Highclere and decided to investigate. We drove right up to the front door and looked around...there was no sign of anyone around. I am sure we would not be so lucky today since this was way before Downton Abbey. I was not able to go inside but what a beautiful place it was and the grounds are breathtaking. I hope to visit one day during the tour season.
Additional Info for Highclere Castle
- Disabled Access
- Meals Available
- Live Entertainment
- Car Parking
- Historic Houses Association
Credit Cards Accepted
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