The Castle, Exhibition and Gardens are now open Sunday to Thursday (closed Fridays and Saturdays). All pre-booked tickets are now sold out. Walk up tickets are available on each day. These tickets cannot be pre-booked/reserved but instead must be purchased on your arrival at the gate. Our quieter periods are between 9:00am-10:00am or after 2:00pm. Last admission is 4pm. Please see our opening times page for more information.

Vintage Garden Party at "The Real Downton Abbey" on September 9th and 10th: Immerse yourself in all that the Real Downton Abbey has to offer: embark on tours of the Castle, perhaps enjoy a traditional fairground game or two on the lawn, before indulging in a delicious picnic lunch. Click here for details!

Charity Champagne Reception on October 17th: The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are delighted to take you on tours and share the stories of their home, the Real Downton Abbey. Enjoy Champagne and Canapes and help to raise funds and awareness for The Rosemary Appeal. Click here for details!

Autumn Special Tours: Guided tours available for limited dates in November. Click here for details!

Lady Carnarvon's latest book 'At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at The Real Downton Abbey' is now available. Click here to buy your copy!

You can enjoy over an hour of HD video, photos and conversations from behind the scenes in the Highclere App narrated by Jim Carter (who plays Carson in Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle

Welcome to Highclere Castle!

Please enjoy exploring the history, gardens, events and life behind the scenes of "The Real Downton Abbey". Highclere is a beautiful Castle and landscape and one we delight in sharing with many thousands of visitors. On this site, you will find information about the various events we have coming up, how to buy tickets and plan your visit, as well as read Lady Carnarvon’s blog and explore our online gift shop.

  • Absolutely loved being here. The castle was amazing. Kept expecting 'Carson' to appear through the door. The gardens were lovely too.

  • My experience at Highclere Castle was incredible. Not only was the outside of the castle beautiful, but the interior as well!

  • The interior is just as it is in Downton Abbey and I loved it. I will certainly return when I next go to England from Australia.

  • Great venue for a wedding. Lovely gardens and amazing architecture.

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