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Our Summer Season is underway!
10th July - Wednesday 7th September (Sunday to Thursday). Although the advance tickets for these dates have sold out we have a number of 'walk-up' tickets available to visitors each day we are open (We cannot guarantee entry, but we do try to accommodate all visitors).

Tickets are on sale for our October Capability Brown days (13-18th October)

A few tickets are still available for our very glamorous White Tie Vintage Gala Dinner on Thursday September 8th.Click here for more details.

Exciting News: Come and join our exclusive September Vintage Garden Party. Dust down your parasols, polish your shoes and dress for the Real Downton Abbey. Put the date in your diary (Sept 10 and 11th) and click here to buy tickets.

Costume Hire can be arranged through Angels in London or Costume Hire Direct online who have agreed to offer discounts to our guests-details on our News page

You can find 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 our website. Please enjoy exploring what it is really like 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.

If you still hold a pre-booked ticket and were affected by the closures earlier in the year on Monday 28th March and Tuesday 29th March please be reminded that if you have not yet received a transfer then you must re-book your visit before the end of our season. This also applies for those who were unable to visit the remainder of that week due to poor weather from Wednesday 30th – Friday 1st April.  We will now be open until Wednesday 7th September (closed Fridays and Saturdays) with an additional opening on Wednesday 14th September.

We regret that any Afternoon Tea bookings cannot be re-arranged and you will be refunded on request.

Please contact [email protected] to request a transfer of your tickets. 

Tickets for our Vintage Garden Party are Now on Sale

For Details of Costume Hire partners see our news section

Our Summer Season is underway: Sunday 10th July - Wednesday 7th September (Sunday to Thursday)

Please see our opening times and prices for details. 

Please see the special events section of our website for any upcoming events.


  • 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.




Highclere Castle


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