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Information Update from Highclere Castle

Following the policy to control the spread of Covid-19 virus issued by the Government and Public Health England, we are closing the Castle and Grounds from Monday March 23rd. As with Royal Palaces and other Great Houses, we will remain closed until further notice. We will update our social media and websites in the light of future advice. It is an everchanging time and the strategy of those who lead us will be buffeted daily by the experiences of other countries and nations as well as our own. Thus their increasing knowledge will guide us through the weeks ahead  in these challenging times. 

The health of all our staff and visitors is very important to us. Highclere team's work patterns will reflect the governement guidelines and we are a small team so please bear with us over the next few weeks as we reschedule forthcoming tickets to future dates for you.  Whether you were looking forward to a special guided tour in the next two weeks or coming to us in the Easter holiday (April 11th to April 26th)  and first May Bank holiday (3rd,4th and 5th May) you will all receive an email offering you the chance to reschedule. We are very grateful for you support and look forward to seeing you in the future. 

We hope to find reassurance in a quote from St Francis of Assisi "if we all  start by doing what's necessary; {if we} then do what's possible, suddenly  we will all find that we have done the impossible."

Something to do: We have proposed a painting competiton from our instagram account @highclere_castle  

Please use photos from our instragram, website, blog or ones you have taken, get out paper, crayons, watercolours or oils or whatever you can find! Choose an angle or a time of year and begin your great work of art.  Please take a photograph of your work of art(s)  and you all have until Easter Sunday to complete and send  in your entry. We will set up an email account for this purpose next week and share it on our social media. There will be two categories: under 12 years old and over 12 years old. Prizes for winners and and runners up and we can post some of our favourite works of art on a gallery on line. 

We wish you well,

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon

ABOUT THE CASTLE

Highclere Castle has a rich, multi-faceted heritage.
 
The first written records of the estate date back to 749 when an Anglo-Saxon King granted the estate to the Bishops of Winchester. Bishop William of Wykeham built a beautiful medieval palace and gardens on the park.
 
Later on, the palace was rebuilt as Highclere Place House in 1679 when it was purchased by Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General to Charles II and James II and direct grandfather of the current Earl.
 
In 1771, 'Capability' Brown made plans for the alteration of the grounds, water and symmetrical Georgian house at Highclere for the 1st Earl of Carnarvon. More >
 
In 1842, Sir Charles Barry – who was also working on the Houses of Parliament at the time – finished his final designs for the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, transforming Highclere Place House into Highclere Castle. More >
 
The Countess’ research has revealed that, in 1867, the Constitution of Canada was drawn up in the British North America Act by 4th Earl of Carnarvon and John A. Macdonald, later the first Prime Minister of Canada. More >
 
The history of planes begins at Highclere Castle in 1910, with Sir Geoffrey De Havilland making his first flight on the Highclere Estate at Seven Barrows. More >
 
In 1922, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamen’s Tomb with trusted colleague and friend Howard Carter. More >
 
During the First World War, Highclere Castle was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers run by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. More >
 
Throughout the Second World War, Highclere Castle was home to evacuees, whose names you can see etched into the roof lead. During the conflict, military planes from four nations crashed on the Highclere Estate whilst on active service. More >
 
The current Earl’s father, the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, was the Queen’s racing manager from 1969 until his death in 2001.
 
In 1988, Highclere Castle first opened its doors to the public.
 
Today, the Castle is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
 

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