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Opening Times and Prices 2014 & 2015

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Please note that the Castle & Gardens are closed until December.

Tickets for the Christmas Fair must be pre-booked. Orders cannot be taken via telephone.

Please note that we cannot offer our "Special Afternoon Tea in the Coach House" during our December opening.

Christmas Fair on Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th December 2014

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will transform the State Rooms of Highclere Castle to offer a unique shopping experience in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and St. Michael & All Angels Church. This will be a festive occasion with carol singers, Christmas decorations and a variety of exciting individual stalls at which you can accomplish all your Christmas shopping! For those who wish to see a little more of the Castle there is the option to upgrade your tickets on the day. A suggested donation of £2 to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance will allow you to view the magnificent Galleried Bedrooms. You may also upgrade your ticket for an additional £5 to explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition.

The Fair will begin at 9:30am with last admissions at 2:30pm. The Estate will then close at 4:30pm.

Tickets will be split into AM and PM admission. Morning ticket holders must ENTER the Castle and Fair between 9:30am – 12:00pm. Afternoon ticket holders must ENTER the Castle and Fair between 12:00pm – 2:30pm. There is no obligation to leave until we close in the afternoon– but this allows the event to be less crowded.  Last admission in the afternoon will be 2:30pm and the fair will close for the day at 4.30pm

Guests are welcome to enjoy the tearooms from cappuccinos and pastries from when they arrive to soup and mince pies for lunch.

The following ticket option will be available to pre-book online:

Ticket Category

Adult Price

Child Price*

Christmas Fair

£20

£5

 

Ticket upgrades available on the day:

Ticket Category

Adult Price

Child Price*

Bedroom Suggested Donation

£2

£2

Egyptian Exhibition Upgrade

£5

£5

 

*a child ticket is for those aged 4-16 years. Children under the age of 4 receive entry free of charge.

For these two days of special festive opening we are unable to offer any discounted rates or free admission for HHA members. However, as per our normal policy, a necessary carer of a registered disabled visitor will receive free admission.

Tickets for the Christmas Fair must be pre-booked. Tickets will be sold online through our website and orders cannot be taken via telephone. Tickets will be released in October, please check our website for updates.

 

Public Opening Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December 2014

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon welcome visitors to share their wonderful home during the festive season. Highclere Castle’s prized antiques, beautiful furniture and paintings will be on display whilst fans of the hit TV series Downton Abbey will instantly recognise the magnificent State Rooms. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view some of the impressive Galleried Bedrooms on the first floor and explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition to re-discover the thrill of the discovery of Tutankhamun.

The Castle will open its doors at 9:30am with last admissions at 2:30pm. The Estate will then close at 4:30pm.

Tickets will be split into AM and PM admission. Morning ticket holders must BEGIN their visit inside the Castle and/or Exhibition between 9:30am – 12:00pm. Afternoon ticket holders must BEGIN their visit between 12:00pm – 2:30pm.

You are welcome to enjoy the gardens, Gift Shop, and Tearooms throughout the day.

The following ticket options will be available:

Ticket Category

Adult Price

Child Price*

Castle, Exhibition, & Gardens (AM or PM)

£20

£10.00

 

*a child ticket is for those aged 4-16 years. Children under the age of 4 receive entry free of charge.

For these two days of special festive opening we are unable to offer any discounted rates or free admission for HHA members. However, as per our normal policy, a necessary carer of a registered disabled visitor will receive free admission.

All tickets for the 6th and 7th December must be pre-booked. Tickets will be sold online through our website and orders cannot be taken via telephone. Tickets will be released in October, please check our website for updates.