Planning your Visit

Getting to Highclere Castle

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Highclere Castle lies to the west of London, not far from the M4 and Newbury. Oxford and Birmingham are to the north, Winchester and Southampton to the south. Please do not use a “sat nav” when close to Highclere Castle as this will bring you to the wrong entrance, but simply follow the brown tourist signs from the A34. If you do wish to use sat nav, use the postcode RG20 9LE and then follow the brown tourist signs to the main entrance.

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A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Surface Reconstruction

Work will be taking place to remove and replace the road surface and its foundations, and renew the road markings around the entire A34/M4 junction 13 roundabout at Chieveley.

We will be closing the entire roundabout at the junction on the following times and dates:

  • 10pm on Friday 7 June through to 6am on Monday 10 June
  • 10pm on Friday 14 June through to 6am on Monday 17 June
  • 10pm on Friday 21 June through to 6am on Monday 24 June
  • 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 6am on Monday 1 July
  • 10pm on Friday 5 July through to 6am on Monday 8 July
  • 10pm on Friday 12 July through to 6am on Monday 15 July
  • 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July (Contingency weekend subject to change)

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. We advise you plan ahead of your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

When the roundabout is closed signed diversions will be in place which primarily go via the A4 between junction 12 (Theale) and junction 14 (Shefford Woodlands).

These works are subject to change if weather is bad or due to unforeseen circumstances.

Confirmed dates for these weekend closures will be advertised in advance on signs along the M4, on the Highways England website and via the media.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disruption caused during this work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to know about this work please contact The Highways Agency on 0300 123 5000 or email [email protected]

By Train

There is a good service from London Paddington to Newbury. Taxis can be found outside the station at Newbury. For details of railway timetables to Newbury Railway Station (NBY), please follow this link.

A taxi from Newbury Station to Highclere Castle takes approximately 15 minutes. Charges will vary on Sundays and over Bank Holidays. Alternatively, London Waterloo to Whitchurch may be used, although please note that taxis may need to be pre-booked from Whitchurch and often charge more to get to the Castle than from Newbury. On your return to either station, you will need to book a taxi to come out to the Castle via telephone, taxis cannot be found waiting outside. See Taxi Companies below.


Further Information

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Pushchairs are not permitted in the Castle, but can be left in the front hall, space permitting (at your own risk).

Due to the Castle being a private family home dogs are not permitted in the Castle, Exhibition or Gardens with the exception of assistance dogs. Dogs are welcome on the public footpaths which run through part of the estate but please do ensure they are kept on a lead at all times due to our grazing livestock.

(Please note when the Castle is open to the public none of the public footpaths are accessible from the car parking area. Any visitors wishing to walk before or after visiting the Castle need to park off of the estate).

Photography is not permitted within the Castle but it is allowed outside for personal use only. Drones, however, are not permitted anywhere on the Estate.

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 with the Castle Office due to limited supply.

The Gardens and Grounds are open to the visiting public during public opening times. Whilst there are some gravel paths around the Castle lawns and through some of the Gardens, the Woodland Walks are rougher grass paths as are the paths through the Flower Meadow in the summer.

The Tearooms are open from 9:30am during public opening times for morning coffee and teas made in the Castle kitchens. The Tea Rooms are also open for hot light lunches from 12noon until 2pm and a choice of light bites will be available throughout the day.

The Castle Gift Shop is open from 9.30am and offers a wide selection of gifts including stationery, bath products, chocolates, tea and biscuits, china mugs, books and souvenirs. You can also order online form the Castle Gift Shop here.

You are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the gardens however, please note that deliveries from outside caterers are not permitted.

Highclere Castle is pleased to be associated with the Historic Houses and welcomes HH members into the Castle free of charge. However, whilst we do our best to accommodate all visitors we cannot guarantee HH members admission at a specific time.

Members of the HH who wish to visit the Egyptian Exhibition, must purchase a separate ticket available from Visitor Reception at the Castle Main Gate or at the door to the Exhibition. Please ensure you bring your membership card with you when you visit.

A valid Blue Peter badge and winner's card allows free entry to the Castle, Exhibition & Gardens for children aged 6-15 years old, when accompanied by a full paying adult visitor. Only one Blue Peter badge per one adult ticket. Blue Peter badge tickets cannot be purchased in advance. For full terms & conditions please see the BBC website.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/bp-attractions-terms-and-conditions

Smoking is not permitted within the vicinity of any building at any time.

Please click here to view a map of our grounds

 

This information is correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.

Please call our 24-hour telephone information line on 01635 253204 to confirm before travelling.

Highclere Castle, Newbury RG20 9RN
Tel: 01635 253210 Fax: 01635 255315

E-mail: [email protected]
Highclere Castle is a trading name of Highclere Enterprises LLP, The Estate Office, Highclere Park, Newbury RG20 9RN