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A neo-Gothic masterpiece, Highclere Castle is best known for doubling as Downton Abbey in the much-loved TV series of the same name. The turreted, sandstone mansion was created by Sir Charles Barry, the architect behind England’s Houses of Parliament. The site upon which it stands has been in the hands of the Carnarvon family since the 17th century, and the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon now welcome the public to explore the lavishly decorated interior, the Egyptian Exhibition, and the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) Capability Brown–designed grounds.
 
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 other Downton filming locations, such as the charming Cotswolds village of Bampton, which is used to portray Downton in the show. Other tours include non-Downton destinations such as Oxford, home to the esteemed university.
 
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.
 
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.

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.
 
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.
Address: Highclere Park, Newbury, West Berkshire RG20 9RN, Highclere, London, England
Hours: Hours vary by season.
Admission: Varies
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Private Tour: 'Downton Abbey' Experience by Black Cab Including Downton Village, London Filming Locations or Highclere CastlePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: 'Downton Abbey' Experience by Black Cab Including Downton Village, London Filming Locations or Highclere Castle

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Visit real-life ‘Downton Abbey’ filming locations on this black cab tour from London. Choose from three different itineraries, each of which is inspired by the popular TV drama, then sit back in your iconic transport and learn about Britain’s aristocracy and the fictional Crawley family as your personal driver-guide chauffeurs you from site to site. You might visit Greys Court, otherwise known as Downton Place; the Downton village of Bampton; or the stately Highclere Castle, which features as Downton Abbey itself.
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Highclere Castle Express from London

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Calling all fans of iconic British TV show, ‘Downtown Abbey’, this full-day tour takes you to Highclere Castle—the grand abbey home to the fictional Grantham family. Alongside your guide, explore the manicured gardens surrounded Highclere Castle before discovering the opulent interior of the stately home. Visit the lavish dining room, drawing room, and library, and recognize filming locations from the series. Entrance fees and round-trip transport from a central London location are included.  
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Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from LondonMovie & TV Tours

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Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London

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Discover the natural and architectural splendor of ‘Downtown Abbey’ filming locations on a full-day tour of the Cotswolds from London. With a knowledgeable guide, travel through the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside and visit the charming farm village of Cogges and Bampton, the setting of ‘Downtown Abbey’s’ quintessentially English town. See recognizable sights like the Grantham Arms pub and then spend the afternoon exploring Highclere Castle on a guided tour of the structure’s opulent chambers. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 18 people.
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Trace the footsteps of Lady Mary Crawley on a full-day tour of rural ‘Downton Abbey’ locations from London. Rewind to the early 20th-century Britain portrayed in the hit TV period drama, and tour the Oxfordshire village that doubled as Downton as you hear anecdotes about the series and actors. Plus, visit Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey, to explore its above-stairs rooms and gardens independently. Highclere admission and round-trip transport included.
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Downton Abbey and Village Tour from London by CoachDay Trips

Downton Abbey and Village Tour from London by Coach

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Find yourself in the world of Downton Abbey during this 9-hour tour from central London. With your guide in the lead, sharing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, stop first in the village of Bampton, used as the Downton village setting. At Highclere Castle, spend three hours on a self-guided tour of the rooms used for most of the hit show's filming.
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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

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Visit Oxford and top Downton Abbey filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, and then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which is also known as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series. Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as Downton Abbey, in Hampshire.
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Luxury Downton Abbey Experience with LunchDay Trips

Luxury Downton Abbey Experience with Lunch

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Step into the world of the Grantham family with this Downton Abbey tour from London. You’ll visit all the landmarks linked to the hugely popular TV series including Highclere Castle and Bampton, which starred as Downton village. Lunch at a traditional British pub in the Cotswolds is included, along with insider gossip and fun facts about the TV drama and its stars.
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Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle Tour from London

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Follow in the footsteps of the Dowager Countess of Grantham and other much-loved ‘Downton Abbey’ characters on this day trip to the hit British TV series’ most famous filming locations. Departing from London, this tour takes you into beautiful Oxfordshire, where you’ll visit Downton village, Cogges Manor Farm, and the magnificent Highclere Castle.
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