Public Opening Times and Prices

General Public Opening Times and Prices

We are open to the public on Sunday May 1st, Monday May 2nd and Tuesday May 3rd. Please check our website for any upcoming events and openings which will be announced on our events page and  the Shop/Tickets section of the website.

2016 Opening Dates

All pre-booked tickets are now sold out for our Spring and Summer public open dates.

Although walk up tickets will be available each day we are open - these tickets are subject to availability and entrance to the Castle cannot always be guaranteed. Please see our open dates below:


Saturday 26th March - Sunday 10th April


1st, 2nd and 3rd May 
29th, 30th and 31st May

Summer :

Sunday 10th July - Wednesday 7th September (Sunday to Thursday)
Vintage Garden Party: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September
Additional public open day: Wednesday 14th September


Please Note: 

  • The Castle, grounds and gardens will be closed to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays during our Summer opening. 
  • On the late May Bank Holiday the 29th to 31st May 2016, we will have an event taking place on the Estate, so please be aware that there will be a higher volume of traffic on site which may slow access to and from the Estate. 


Walk-up Tickets

During our Public Open dates in the Spring and Summer we do sell a number of tickets at the gate. These tickets are subject to availability and entrance to the Castle cannot always be guaranteed.

The Castle gardens, grounds and facilities on site are only open to visitors when the Castle is open on the above dates.

Opening Hours

On the days we are open the Grounds open at 9.30 am and the Castle is open from 10.00 am - 4pm (last tour).

  • Castle Tickets are sold for Morning (10am -1pm) or Afternoon (1pm-4pm) admission via the Front Door
  • The Tearooms are open from 10.00am - 5pm
  • The Gift Shop is open from 9am-5.30pm
  • Last admission to the Castle is at 4pm
  • The Grounds and gates close to visitors at 6pm

Prices (2016 Public Opening)

Ticket Category Adult Price Concession (Students,
Over 60s, & Disabled)
Child Price
(4-16 years)*
Family (2 adults
& 2 or 3 children)
Castle, Exhibition and Gardens £22.00 £20.00 £13.50 £60.00
Castle and Gardens £15.00 £13.50 £10.00 £40.00
Exhibition and Gardens £15.00 £13.50 £10.00 £40.00
Gardens Only £7.00 £7.00 £2.00 N/A


*Children under the age of 4 receive complimentary entry and do not need a ticket. However, please note if your order does include an under 4 or a child ticket we regretfully cannot accommodate you for our set Afternoon Tea – our normal tearooms will be open as usual during our public open dates.

Ticket Details

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Gardens, Tea Rooms, and Gift Shop throughout the day and outside of the times stated on your tickets. Admission times refer to the period within which you should begin a visit to the Castle itself.

Last admission is at 4:00pm and the Estate closes at 6:00pm.

Please note that pre-booked tickets are non-refundable and as such we encourage you to take care when making your ticket selection. All tickets are issued as e-tickets and are sent via attachment to a confirmation email. Tickets may also be printed from your online account with Highclere Castle’s Gift Shop under ‘Shop & Tickets’.