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Welcome To Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle has been transformed from its roots in Anglo Saxon Times to a medieval palace, a Tudor place house, a Georgian house and today this iconic Victorian Castle. It sits within a park designed by Capability Brown in the eighteenth century.


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Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October 2024

Highclere History Festival - WW2 & D-Day

Please join us at Highclere Castle to explore life at the Castle between 1939 and 1945. Activities include; Castle Tours, Egyptian Exhibition, Specialist ‘Pop-Up’ Talks, Live Vintage Music, Vintage Cars, Swing Dancing, Living History Reenactors, Croquet and Badminton on the Castle Lawns, Vintage Costume Display, Children’s Storytelling and Activities. Come along to listen to a variety of speakers, learn to dance swing, sing along to the 1940s singers and tap your toes to the music. There will be vintage car displays, lawn games and a 'History of Flight' tent detailing the planes and crew which crashed at Highclere. The Castle will be open for you to tour and explore at your leisure, should you wish, as well as enjoying reenactments from the Second World War on the Castle lawns, including activities for children.


Friends Of Highclere Castle

Gain privileged access to special events like the Summer Garden Party, enjoy extraordinary 3-D Castle tours and access the Friends' video archive, watch weekly live video broadcasts and receive invitations to join us at the Castle for monthly Book Club events.

Explore Highclere Castle

Discover how long people have lived here, learn about the landscape surrounding the Castle, find out about the works of art, unearth the story of the 5th Earl and the Pharaoh Tutankhamun?

It is both a much-loved real home - Highclere Castle - and a much-loved fictional home, Downtown Abbey.

Egyptian Exhibition

Travel back in time and descend down the old servants’ stairs into the Castle cellars to explore the Egyptian Exhibition. In 1922, Lord Carnarvon, other leading Egyptologists of the day, Egyptian officials and much of the world’s press, gathered outside the unremarkable entrance to the tomb of a minor pharaoh to experience the discovery of the richest Egyptian burial ever found.

Weddings & Corporate Events

In a beautiful and dramatic setting such as Highclere Castle, your wedding day could be a real life experience as glamorous and magical as any depicted on Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is a perfect setting for the smaller more intimate wedding, whether for just the bridal couple or for a gathering of up to 30 close family and friends.

Estate & Conservation

"Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness" - Whether you visit in Autumn, or another season, Highclere offers spectacular trees and rolling landscapes for every guest, as you arrive through the Park gates.  For further information please click the above link.