Information Update from Highclere Castle

Christmas and New Year

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year in these strange times. Thank you for all of those who visited us in December and we will stay in touch as events unfold in early 2021. We very much hope that as the year progresses, we will all manage to find a new rhythm to life. 

We have recently been given a 5 star Covid safety rating and all protocols will be in place to ensure you have a safe and relaxing time. Tours are limited in number to ensure that these are maintained. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Highclere Castle but please do e-mail our office on [email protected] if you have any further questions.

The Castle and grounds are now closed down until we are able to resume with tours in the new year. Please do not leave any phone messages as the Office will not be manned, but you are most welcome to email [email protected], which will be monitored from time to time. 

Tìm kiếm miễn phí ngay bây giờLike you, we are looking forward to the green shoots of Spring and we have created some new rose beds, planted 21 Cherry trees and have posted some new events into Autumn 2021. We have more planned concerts and cabarets to follow so please keep stay in touch with us through our social media and wishing you to stay safe and stay well. 

With all Best Wishes,

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon


Tìm kiếm miễn phí ngay bây giờThe first written records of the estate date back to 749 when an Anglo-Saxon King granted the estate to the Bishops of Winchester. Bishop William of Wykeham built a beautiful medieval palace and gardens in the park. Later on, the palace was rebuilt as Highclere Place House in 1679 when it was purchased by Sir Robert Sawyer, the direct ancestor of the current Earl of Carnarvon.  In 1842, Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, transformed Highclere House into the present day Highclere Castle.

During the First World War, Highclere Castle was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers run by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Throughout the Second World War, Highclere Castle was home to  children evacuated from London.

There are between 250 and 300 rooms in the Castle Saloon and during your tour you will explore the main state rooms so familiar from "Downton Abbey". You will see some of the bedrooms after which you will follow the stairs down to the cellars and old staff quarters where you will find the Egyptian Exhibition, celebrating the 5th Earl of Carnarvon's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.