August 2022

Summer General Admission tickets are, in the main, sold out but do join us for ta fabulous weekend on September 10th and 11th for castle tours and so much more Click here. Channel your inner Downton, both to tour the castle and, dress for Downton. 

Enjoy Lady Carnarvon's latest book which combines storytelling with gardening and cooking. Click to buy: available in bookstores or on Amazon. 

What's new? Friends of Highclere. Entirely innovative, we hope you will come with us to go where no-one has gone before. Being a "Friend" also offers priority access, whenever possible, even when a tour is sold out.

Stay in touch with our daily life and news through Highclere Castle Instagram, Lady Carnarvon's BlogPodcast or Highclere Castle Facebook.

Just a few notes  if you have booked tickets and would like to reserve a manual wheelchair, please do email [email protected]. Pushchairs for babies and toddlers are most useful for the gardens and may be left at the entrance hall whilst you tour the Castle at which point, we would ask you to carry or hold fast to small children's hands! Again this year, neither dogs nor picnics are permitted in the gardens (guide dogs excepted). For any further useful information please click here

We very much hope that you will find many different tours to tempt you over the next year, and we will look forward to seeing you. Tickets for all of the above can be found on our ticketing website and, again, we ask that you book in advance of your visit.

With all best wishes for 2022

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon


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 in the park. Later on, the palace was rebuilt as Highclere Place House in 1679 when it was purchased by Sir Robert Sawyer, the direct ancestor of the current Earl of Carnarvon.  In 1842, Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, transformed Highclere House into the present day Highclere Castle.

During the First World War, Highclere Castle was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers run by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Throughout the Second World War, Highclere Castle was home to  children evacuated from London.

There are between 250 and 300 rooms in the Castle and during your tour you will explore the main state rooms so familiar from "Downton Abbey". You will see some of the bedrooms after which you will follow the stairs down to the cellars and old staff quarters where you will find the Egyptian Exhibition, celebrating the 5th Earl of Carnarvon's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.