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Winter Castle Opening 9th & 11th December

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon welcome visitors to share their wonderful home during the festive season. Highclere Castle’s prized antiques, beautiful furniture and paintings will be on display, with guides in most of the rooms to answer questions.

Book Tickets

A beautiful traditional garland winds down the staircase leading into the Saloon, a magnificent room in which the impressive Christmas tree stands. Enjoy the colours and warmth of the Victorian home at this festive time of year, and view the main State rooms and bedrooms, many of which fans of the hit TV series ‘Downton Abbey’ will instantly recognise.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition, located in the Castle cellars, celebrating one of the most significant archaeological finds in history, the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Peer through into the secret chambers and learn how the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter came to make such a remarkable discovery.

The Grounds will open from 9am, with the Castle opening its doors at 9.30am. Last admission will be at 2.30pm. The Estate will then close at 4.30pm.

Tickets will be split into AM and PM admission. Morning ticket holders must BEGIN their visit  inside the castle and/or Exhibition between 9.30am and 12noon. Afternoon ticket holders must BEGIN their visit between 12noon and 2.30pm. You are welcome to enjoy the Gardens, Gift  Shop and the Tearooms throughout the day.

 The following ticket options are available:

Ticket Category

Adult Price

Child Price*

Castle, Exhibition & Gardens (AM or PM)



*A child ticket is for those aged 4-16 years of age. Children under the age of 4 will receive free admission.