Essential Information for Groups
Due to unprecedented demand we are currently fully booked for all group visits in 2013 and 2014.
We do apologise for any disappointment caused and look forward to welcoming more groups in the future.
We thank you for your patience at this busy time.
Arrival times are allocated by the Castle Office upon booking.
The Castle and Exhibition close at 5.00pm.
The Gardens close at 6.00pm.
The Tearooms are open from 10:00am to 5:00pm during public opening times for morning coffee and afternoon teas made in the Castle kitchens. The Tea Rooms also offer light lunches from 12noon until 2pm.
Coach Driver Information
To reach Highclere Castle please follow the brown tourist signs from the A34. Do not use a sat nav as you are taken into the village of Highclere rather than to the front gates.
The A34 runs south from Oxford towards Southampton and the turning to Highclere is called “Tothill Services.” Travelling toward the North the turning is clearly signposted to Highclere Castle.
Please follow the sign within the Park and you will enter the Lodge Gates by the Castle. Having driven carefully through, a Highclere Guide will meet your coach at the front door to explain to your customers essential information. We then ask the coaches to reverse and return to the coach hard standing by the Lodge.
Coach driver benefits
The coach driver will be given free admission and a refreshment voucher.
Wheelchairs can access the State rooms on ground floor of the Castle and the Egyptian Exhibition. (The latter from the courtyard.) Motorised wheelchairs are not permitted in the Castle.
No photography is permitted within the Castle and we ask that photography in the Gardens is for personal use only.