- Explore Highclere Castle and its Egyptian Exhibition on a day trip from London
- See the sets used in the filming of Downton Abbey on a tour of the castle’s public rooms
- Follow in the footsteps of popular Downton Abbey characters like the Earl of Grantham and Lady Mary
- Explore the Egyptian Exhibition and see antiquities that date back more than 3,500 years
- Learn about Highclere Castle’s 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who funded the discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb in Egypt
- Spend free time in the castle’s magnificent grounds, or enjoy afternoon tea if you wish
What You Can Expect
On arrival at Highclere Castle, head straight inside and tour its public rooms, seeing the magnificent Great Hall and the sitting room. Follow in the footsteps of the fictional Crawley family who live at Downton Abbey, seeing the library where the Earl of Grantham and his family often gather, surrounded by more than over 5,000 books.
After touring the public rooms, head downstairs to the castle’s cellars to see its incredible Egyptian Exhibition. The castle’s real-life former owner -- the 5th Earl of Carnarvon -- famously funded the discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb. The Egyptian Exhibition celebrates his achievement with an intriguing antiquities collection, displaying jewelry and other artifacts from 3,500 years ago. Learn about the 5th earl and how he persuaded his companion Howard Carter to search for more tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
Before returning to London, go outside of the castle to explore the beautiful grounds, complete with immaculate lawns, shrubs and floral displays. Alternatively, you can use your free time to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea (own expense) in one of Highclere Castle’s tearooms.