'Downton Abbey' Christmas Experience at Highclere Castle: Dinner, Champagne and Carols

London, United Kingdom
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8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Overview

Enjoy a classic English Christmas experience at the home of ‘Downton Abbey’ with this festive evening visit and dinner at Hampshire’s Highclere Castle. Leave central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel to Highclere, one of England’s most beautiful stately houses, and the setting of the much-loved TV series. Enjoy Champagne and canapés in the Saloon, discover some of the lavish reception rooms, and hear about Highclere’s history from the official guides. Finish with a succulent 3-course dinner with wine, and a magical performance of carols around the tree.
  • Indulge in a festive Christmas evening at Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey
  • Enjoy Champagne and canapés in the Saloon room of Highclere Castle
  • Explore the beautiful Victorian country house, widely considered as one of the finest of its kind in England
  • Sit down to a 3-course Christmas dinner with wine, prepared in the castle’s kitchens
  • Listen to festive Christmas carols, performed by choristers

Inclusions

  • 3-course Festive Christmas Dinner (set meal) at Highclere Castle
  • Canapés and glass of Champagne
  • Half-bottle of wine
  • Admission to Highclere Castle including Library, Saloon, Smoking room, Drawing room & Egyptian Exhibitoin
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, Gate 0

Departure Time

4:00pm (Customers must arrive at least 10 minutes before the departure time)

Return Details

Hotel drop-off is provided if staying in Central London (zone 1 only). Please note that no drop-off provided to a private residence. Coach returns in London approximately 12 midnight - 12:30am.
Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey to Highclere Castle, the setting of the much-loved British TV period drama series, Downton Abbey

Providing a splendid backdrop for Christmas festivities, this ornate stately home is regarded as one of England’s most impressive Victorian buildings. On arrival, head inside and admire the grandly furnished surroundings as you enjoy a Champagne and canapé reception in the elegant Saloon room.

As you savor the classically English atmosphere, mingle with your fellow guests and enjoy the roaring open fire in the hearth. Several of the public rooms are accessible during the evening, so feel free to wander around them. Relax in the inviting Smoking Room, Drawing Room and Music Room — and maybe share your recollections of them from scenes in your favorite Downton Abbey episodes. Talk to the official guides who are available to answer any questions you might have, and hear tidbits about the house’s rich history, architecture and art.

Then, feast on a sumptuous 3-course dinner, made and prepared using local produce in the Highclere kitchens. Sip on the accompanying wine, and as you dine, snap Christmas crackers and chat with newfound friends. See the Itinerary below for a sample menu. 

If you wish, take part in the after-dinner complimentary raffle, and perhaps win prizes such as a Eurostar rail ticket to Paris, Champagne or chocolates.

 Finish your evening on a high note, with a magical rendition of carols around the Christmas tree by a troupe of choristers. Sing along if you wish!

Your experience ends with a drop-off in central London.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Lady Carnarvon charred salmon and avocado tian leaf salad and Melba toast

    OR

  • Roasted vegetable terrine with micro cress salad, aioli sauce (Vegetarian Option)

Second course:
  • Roasted Turkey Breast,

          Pigs in blankets, roasted fondant potato, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and carrot Vichy,

          Cranberry juice

OR

  • Baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese, pine kernels and red onion puree wrapped in filo pastry with watercress foam, extra virgin olive (Vegetarian Option)
Dessert:
  • Christmas pudding & Brandy cream sauce

Drinks:
  • One bottle of red or white wine per couple
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Dress code is formal: men should wear suits and tie and ladies should wear cocktail dresses
  • Please make a note of vegetarian meal or any specific dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking.
  • Once the booking is submitted all sales are final, non-changeable, non-transferable and incur 100% cancellation penalties
  • Total duration Approximately 8.5 hours including coach transfer.  Minimum 4 hours is spent at the castle. 

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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