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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Hours vary by season.
Highclere Park, Newbury, West Berkshire RG20 9RN, Highclere, London

The Basics

Highclere is a popular day trip from London. You can go as part of a group tour by bus, in a small-group tour by minivan, or on a private tour by luxury vehicle or even black cab. Afternoon tea is offered in the castle’s tea rooms in the coach house, though you must book in advance. Some full-day tours from London incorporate stops at otherDownton filming locations, such as the charming Cotswolds village of Bampton, which is used to portrayDownton in the show. Other tours include non-Downton destinations such as Oxford, home to the esteemed university.

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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
star-4.5
$174.56 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Well organised and worth it
Frank our tour guide was brilliant and knew everything about the places we were visiting as well as Downton. Well organised and we managed to cram a lot of sightseeing into one day worst feeling rushed. Fabulous day out.
Emma_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Southampton

star-5
A must for a Downton Abbey fan!
Paola_A, May 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
The Downton Abbey village and Highclere Castle. I would have loved to spend more time at the castle and gardens. Our guide Carol and our driver Nuno were wonderful!
star-5
Enjoyable tour of Oxford and High Clere castle
Sharon_W, May 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Fantastic day in Oxford, Bampton and High Clere castle. Our tour guide Carol told us informative and fun tidbits of information along the way.
star-5
Reliable, Safe, & Friendly Transport
Quincy_S, Mar 2022
Private Round Trip Transfer : Heathrow or London to Highclere Castle
Highclere castle is an incredible experience and the transport to and from should match as well. This private transfer definitely added to overall great experience we had visiting and returning from Highclere. Our driver was so kind and accommodating. She was engaging and thoughtful. We would highly recommend!
star-5
The tour was amazing. The...
zeller_J, May 2022
Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London
The tour was amazing. The tour guide was perfect. He knew every aspect of the show and the characters. He was funny and really clever. The whole experience was a dream come true!
star-5
A must experience!
Francene_L, May 2022
Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London
Mingling with Lord and Lady Carnarvon in the garden after the house tour. The lunch on the lawn was lovely as well.
star-5
Great
Michael_M, May 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Frank was awesome. Carlos and he created quite a team! I also felt very safe with Carlos driving at the helm.
star-5
Two Wonderful Tours in One
Jacquelynn_P, May 2022
Private Tour to Stonehenge and Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
Dewi was an amazing tour guide! Knowledgeable, personable, and funny! We had a wonderful day and would highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Highclere Castle was...
Kaylee_B, May 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle was amazing. Beautiful. Although, I wish we hadn’t stopped in Oxford and I had had more time at Highclere. I wasn’t able to see everything I wanted to at the castle. Oxford didn’t relate to this tour at all, and it’s included in so many other tours. I’d rather not have stopped and just focused on Bamptom and Highclere. By having 3 locations, you didn’t have enough time in any of them.
star-5
Dewi did it
Mary_G, Apr 2022
Private Downton Abbey Tour, including Bampton, Cogges Farm, and Highclere
Our tour guide Dewi was very knowledgeable about the whole tour. We learned things we wouldn't of if there were many people.
star-5
Smooth and comfortable ride
Holley_H, Mar 2022
Private Round Trip Transfer : Heathrow or London to Highclere Castle
Excellent driver! We had a wonderful time with Dushie. She was best driver in London! Wish we could call her for all our driving needs on vacation. She was right on time, friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend this service if you’re going to Highclere without a tour group (big bus). Thanks Dushie!
star-5
Great tour
soldbystaceya, Apr 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Our tour guide Carol was excellent. She gave us all kinds of information about each location. Highclere castle was amazing to see in person after watching the series’s. Highly recommend
star-5
Must do for Downton fans
Thomas_H, May 2022
Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London
Wonderful tour! Can’t say enough about our guide Michelle. She was a wealth of knowledge, personable, and just plain nice! Carl, our bus driver, was also great!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Day trips from London typically last between eight and 11 hours.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.

  • Most organized tours include guided visits around the house.

  • Most areas of the castle—namely the ground floor and the Egyptian Exhibition—are accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Trains from London Paddington station depart approximately every hour and bring passengers to Newbury station, situated about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of the castle. From Newbury, it’s a 15-minute taxi ride to Highclere Castle. Newbury-bound National Express buses depart from London Victoria.

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When to Get There

Highclere Castle is open to the public for about 65 days a year: for two weeks around Easter, during the two May bank holiday weekends, and from early July to early September. Entry is ticketed, with morning and afternoon time slots available. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to book well in advance. Walk-up tickets are also sold at Highclere; arrive early to ensure you get one.

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Special Events at Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle hosts various seasonal events throughout the year including special castle tours, concerts, and parties. During the holiday season, the estate is the setting for festive fairs and carol services. In summer, the castle’s events program includes garden parties, during which guests don period dress and enjoy picnics and Pimm’s on the grounds.

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