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Special Autumn Capability Brown Days now available

In the tercentennial year of Capability Brown’s birth, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are opening their home to welcome a limited number of guests as they showcase the Gardens and Parkland, as well as an exclusive Tour of the State Rooms and Bedrooms of Highclere Castle which are much of the film set of the world famous TV series, "Downton Abbey".

In 1771, Capability Brown was commissioned to create the ‘genius of the place’ from the earlier more formal gardens and woodlands surrounding the house. To this day, his vision and passion for the beauty of landscape is evident at Highclere. Lakes were extended, hills created and contours smoothed. 

Brown was responsible for creating over 170 gardens and parks across the country and was involved in key elements of the beautiful park at Highclere. Enjoy this special opportunity to explore Highclere’s varied gardens and parkland through unique lectures and tours.

Each day of the Special Autumn Open Days is structured around a short lecture, tours inside the Castle and around the Gardens together with refreshments, all of which are included in the ticket price. These days are specially designed to allow a limited number of visitors to explore the Castle and Gardens outside of our usual public opening.


If the weather is inclement, rather than the Garden tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition based in the Castle cellars. The Exhibition tells the story and contains antiquities from the tombs that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter nearly 100 years ago.

For Tickets and more details,please click here