Planning your Visit

Information Update from Highclere Castle

Following the policy to control the spread of Covid-19 virus issued by the Government and Public Health England, we are closing the Castle and Grounds from Monday March 23rd. As with Royal Palaces and other Great Houses, we will remain closed until further notice. We will update our social media and websites in the light of future advice. It is an everchanging time and the strategy of those who lead us will be buffeted daily by the experiences of other countries and nations as well as our own. Thus their increasing knowledge will guide us through the weeks ahead in these challenging times.

The health of all our staff and visitors is very important to us. Highclere team's work patterns will reflect the governement guidelines and we are a small team so please bear with us over the next few weeks as we reschedule forthcoming tickets to future dates for you.  Whether you were looking forward to a special guided tour in the next two weeks  or coming to us in the Easter holiday (April 11th to April 26th)  and first May Bank holiday (3rd,4th and 5th May) you will all receive an email offering you the chance to reschedule. We are very grateful for you support and look forward to seeing you in the future.

We hope to find reassurance in a quote from St Francis of Assisi "if we all  start by doing what's necessary; {if we} then do what's possible, suddenly  we will all find that we have done the impossible."

Something to do: We have proposed a painting competiton from our instagram account @highclere_castle  

Please use photos from our instragram, website, blog or ones you have taken, get out paper, crayons, watercolours or oils or whatever you can find! Choose an angle or a time of year and begin your great work of art.  Please take a photograph of your work of art(s)  and you all have until Easter Sunday to complete and send  in your entry. We will set up an email account for this purpose next week and share it on our social media. There will be two categories: under 12 years old and over 12 years old. Prizes for winners and and runners up and we can post some of our favourite works of art on a gallery on line. 

We wish you well,

Getting to Highclere Castle for future visits

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.

Please click here for a Google map to get directions.

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 Andover which is about 20 minutes away.

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 coffees, teas and croissants 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 such and sandwiches and cream teas will be available throughout the day. Please note that our menus may be subject to change. Highclere Castle is a responsible food provider which complies with the new Food Allergen labelling laws which were introduced in December 2014. Please note that we do not offer a Vegan menu, nor can we guarantee that our products are DAIRY FREE or NUT FREE. If you have any dietary concerns please speak to a member of staff.

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.

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