Group Bookings are released in early January for the year ahead. Due to high demand these bookings do sell out very quickly and we advise you check our website for the latest updates.
2018 Group Bookings - Bookings open from Tuesday 17th January, 2017 - we still have dates available!
We thank everyone that has made a group booking so far, we have been inundated with enquiries. If you were not successful in getting through please try again between our office hours of 9am-5pm Monday to Friday - there are dates still limited dates available in April, July and August, 2018. We thank you for your patience at this busy time!
To provisionally book a group visit please call the Castle office on (01635) 253210 on the above date. Due to the demand any voicemails received before or on the date above will not be processed. We will not be excepting bookings via email.
In order to make a booking you must book a minimum of 20 places. Due to the current demand, we will be offering a maximum of two bookings per company, we may be able to offer further bookings if we have availability after the booking process is over.
2017 Group Bookings - Sold Out
Group bookings for 2017 were released on Tuesday 12th January, 2016 and are now sold out. Thank you to those that have booked with us and we look forward to welcoming you later this year.
Although we are at present fully booked, please contact Sarah Somerville if you wish to be added to our waiting list - [email protected]
Essential Information for Groups
- Arrival times are allocated by the Castle Office upon booking
- The Castle and Exhibition close at 5.00pm
- The Gardens close at 6.00pm
- The Tearooms are open from 10:00am to 5:00pm during public opening times for morning coffee and afternoon teas made in the Castle kitchens. The Tea Rooms also offer light lunches from 12noon until 2pm.
Highclere Castle can only accommodate coach and group visits that are booked in advance through the Castle Office.
Coach Driver Information
To reach Highclere Castle please follow the brown tourist signs from the A34. Do not use a sat nav as you are taken into the village of Highclere rather than to the front gates. If you do wish to use a Sat Nav please use the postcode RG20 9LE, as you get closer, then please follow the brown tourism signs to the main entrance.
The A34 runs south from Oxford towards Southampton and the turning to Highclere is called “Tothill Services.” Travelling toward the North the turning is clearly signposted to Highclere Castle.
Once on site please follow the signs to Visitors Reception within the Park where the car parking stewards will guide you to the coach car park. Once parked, a member of staff will come onboard your coach to explain to your customers essential information. The coach can remain on the hard standing by Visitors Reception until departure.
Coach driver benefits
One coach driver per group booking of 20 or more people will be granted free admission and provided with a refreshment voucher for use in our tearooms.
Highclere Castle is a historic building but disabled access is possible for most areas. There is no lift however we provide photographic albums to enable visitors to look at some of the bedrooms on the first floor. Wheelchairs are welcome around the Castle and in the Egyptian Exhibition (access to this is via the Courtyard at the back of the Castle). It is not possible to bring motorised wheelchairs into the Castle but they are welcome on the paths around the lawns. A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for use by disabled members of the public within the Castle. We would advise pre-booking due to limited supply.
No photography is permitted within the Castle and we ask that photography in the Gardens is for personal use only.