Opening Times and Prices


We have lots of exciting opportunities for you to visit this Autumn and Winter. Take a look at our ticket website for Special Autumn tours as well as our Christmas events. If you are planning ahead our Spring 2018 open dates are also available for you to book!

Real Downton Abbey Tour and Champagne Reception for Charity 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. Lady Carnarvon is thrilled that Dr Clarkson (the actor David Robb) from the Downton cast is joining us for the evening at 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 October and November. Click here for details!

Autumn Trail Family Day, Sunday 15th October. Come and join us and book tickets today!

Christmas Fair and Winter Castle Opening: Tickets now available to book. Click here for details!

Evening Castle Tours with champagne and Carols - Monday 18th December - Book Tickets!

Easter/Spring 2018 - Tickets now on sale. Click here to book tickets! 

May 2018 - Script to Screen: Tours, Talks and Tea. Click here for details!

Planning ahead - We hope to release our Summer 2018 tickets in December, check back soon 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.

Visit our Facebook page

Follow us on Twitter



Highclere Castle


"Once upon a time a New York producer @JohnGreenABC was filming here at Highclere... he said I should write a blog"…
Red sky at night, Downton's all right via @BBCNews