Planning your Visit
Getting to Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle lies to the west of London, not far from the M4 and Newbury. Oxford and Birmingham are to the north, Winchester and Southampton to the south.
Please do not use a “sat nav” when close to Highclere Castle as this will bring you to the wrong entrance, but simply follow the brown tourist signs from the A34. If you do wish to use a "sat nav" use the postcode RG20 9LE which is for a local restaurant, from here please follow the brown tourist signs to the main entrance.
We have a one way traffic system for cars when we are open, approaching from the brown tourist signs off the A34 and leaving the Castle past a beautiful folly and along a drive from where the A34 or the A343 is signposted for you.
There is a good service from London Paddington to Newbury or London Waterloo to Whitchurch. Taxis can be found outside the station at Newbury but may need to be pre-booked at Whitchurch. For details of railway timetables to Newbury Railway Station (NBY), please follow this link.
Alternatively, if travelling from London, Waterloo, to Whitchurch (Hampshire) we would advise pre-booking a taxi.
A taxi from Newbury Station to Highclere Castle should take approximately 15 minutes and cost roughly between £15 and £20 one way. These charges will vary on Sundays and over Bank Holidays. If booking a taxi from Whitchurch to Highclere Castle please enquire as to the price when booking.
National Express Coaches also leave London Victoria for Newbury on a regular basis.
Further useful information:
Babies and Toddlers
Pushchairs are not permitted in the Castle, but can be left in the front hall, space permitting (at your own risk).
Dogs are not permitted in the Castle and Gardens with the exception of guide dogs. They are welcome on the public footpath which runs through the Park but please do ensure they are kept on a lead at all times.
Photography is not permitted within the Castle but it is allowed outside for personal use only.
Highclere Castle is a historic building but disabled access is possible for most areas. There is no lift, however we provide photographic albums to enable visitors to look at some of the bedrooms on the first floor. Wheelchairs are welcome around the Castle and in the Egyptian Exhibition (access to this is via the Courtyard at the back of the Castle). It is not possible to bring motorised wheelchairs into the Castle but they are welcome on the paths around the lawns. A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for use by disabled members of the public within the Castle. We would advise pre-booking due to limited supply.
Castle Gardens and Grounds
The Gardens and Grounds are open to the visiting public from 10:00am during public opening times. Whilst there are some gravel paths around the castle lawns and through some of the Gardens, the Woodland Walks are rougher grass paths as are the paths through the Flower Meadow in the summer.
Gift Shop and Tea Rooms
The Tearooms are open from 10:00am to 5:00pm during public opening times for morning coffee and teas made in the Castle kitchens. (Please note that the Castle Doors open to the visiting public from 10:30am). The Tea Rooms are also open for hot light lunches from 12noon until 2pm and a choice of light lunches will be available during the opening times specified.
The Castle Gift Shop is open from 10.30am to 5.00pm and offers a wide selection of gifts including stationary, bath products, chocolates, tea and biscuits, china mugs, books and souvenirs.
Highclere Castle is pleased to be associated with the HHA and welcomes HHA members into the Castle free of charge. However, whilst we do our best to accommodate all visitors we cannot guarantee HHA members admission at a specific time. Members of the HHA who wish to visit the Egyptian Exhibition, must purchase a separate ticket available from Visitor Reception at the Castle Main Gate or at the door to the Exhibition. Please ensure you bring your HHA membership card with you when you visit.
Smoking is not permitted in the Castle, Tea Rooms, Marquees or Gift Shop at any time.
This information is correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
Please call our 24-hour telephone information line on 01635 253204 to confirm before travelling.
Highclere Castle, Newbury RG20 9RN
Tel: 01635 253210 Fax: 01635 255315
E-mail: [email protected]
Highclere Castle is a trading name of Highclere Enterprises LLP, The Estate Office, Highclere Park, Newbury RG20 9RN