Castle & Exhibition Guided Tours, 22nd & 25th November, 2017

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Celebrating 95 years since the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Ninety–five years ago, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter made their way down the stone cut steps and along a short dim passageway to stand in front of a bricked up doorway in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Egypt. It was November 22nd.

Come and join us at Highclere Castle on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 or Saturday 25th November 2017. Tickets: £125.00 to include: Guided Tours of the Castle & Egyptian Exhibition, a short lecture, "Egypt at Highclere" 96pp guidebook, Q&A, and a light lunch.

The discovery of the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun became the first global world media event, covered by newspapers, magazines and Pathé cine (early news reels). It was a glint of gold, the tomb would give the world of 1922 a glimpse into an extraordinary civilization and culture which stretched back over 5,000 years.

.Ninety-five years later, the current Lord and Lady Carnarvon are delighted to mark this special anniversary here at Highclere. On arrival, you will be welcomed into the Saloon, at the very heart of the Castle for a lecture and Q&A. Our guides will then take you through a tour of the Main State Rooms and Castle Bedrooms which were also of course the set for famous TV series "Downton Abbey". Enjoy hearing our guides’ exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture with plenty of anecdotes.

Guides are then on hand to help you explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the atmospheric Cellars of the Castle. Wind your way through the cellars from the real antiquities in the first room, then onto the next room which is Life at Highclere in Edwardian times before stepping on and back in time into a recreation of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The day includes a lecture on the discovery of Tutankhamun, Q&A, the illustrated 96pp guidebook to "Egypt at Highclere", guided tours of the Castle, tours of the Egyptian Exhibition as well as a light lunch from the Coach House.

For more details and to secure tickets please click ‘BOOK’ at the top of this page.