Castle Tour Information 2019/2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you during 2019 and 2020, you can view our opening dates and times and purchase tickets below. 

Please note that Highclere Castle is the private family home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and there is no access to the Estate, nor opportunity to see the Castle, outside of the events, dates and times listed below.

Christmas at Highclere: Various Dates in November and December 2019

Our Christmas events take their inspiration from these themes whether it is tips on preparation and planning, in late November, to decorating and shopping, or singing carols together by our Christmas tree, enjoying Christmas afternoon teas, and dining with us in the State Dining Room. We hope children will come and find Santa’s Grotto on the weekend nearer Christmas whilst, as a finale, Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens, will join us to read excerpts from A Christmas Carol. Book now.

Special Winter Tours: Various Dates in January and February 2020

Join us for a special Winter guided tour of the Castle, Exhibition and Gardens with a complimentary light buffet and a complimentary gift bag to take away with you so you can enjoy a little bit of Highclere Castle at home. Book now.

Valentine's Events: 14 to 16 February 2020

Enjoy the romance of the Real Downton Abbey by joining us in the evening of 14 February 2020 for an exclusive Champagne and Canape reception. Book now.  Celebrate with your loved one on 15 or 16 February 2020 with a guided tour and a delicious champagne afternoon tea in the magnificant state dining room.  Book now.

Mother's Day Weekend: 21 and 22 March 2020

Join us for a guided tour of Highclere Castle followed by a wonderful champagne afternoon tea in the elegant state dining room to celebrate this special weekend.  Tickets to be released soon, for more information email Stephanie Rodrigues at [email protected].

Spring Public Opening: 11 to 26 April, 3 to 5 May and 24 to 26 May 2020

Book in advance for our spring public opening days in 2020. Book now. To book a champagne afternoon tea during these dates click here.

V.E. Day Celebrations: 8 May 2020

Come and commerate V.E. Day with tours of the Castle, a special Planes of Highclere exhibition and wartime entertainment.  Tickets to be released soon, for more information email the Castle Office at [email protected].

Living in a Castle: 10 to 16 May 2020

These tours share what life was, and is, like to live in a Castle with talks on how to decorate a family home which resonates with its history, how to live with a film crew, how we plan and prepare the Castle and the Gardens for visitors and how the Castle has welcomed Royalty and statesmen and entertained over the years. Book now.

Summer Public Opening: 12 July to 8 September 2020

Book in advance for our summer public opening days in 2020.  Please note: We are closed on Fridays and Saturdays during this period.  Book now. To book a champagne afternoon tea during these dates click here.

The Magic of the Movies Weekend: 12 & 13 September 2020

Join us on the set of Downton Abbey to experience the magic of the movies.  Let us transport you back in time to the 1920s with vintage cars and costumes to see, jazz era entertainment to enjoy and many rooms of the Castle to explore.  For more information email the Castle Office at [email protected].

Private Tours

We hope that there is something to suit everyone's itineraries but, if not, please feel free to enquire about arranging a private tour, which includes exclusive hire of the Castle. For more information please contact Charlotte Sheridan or Stephanie Rodrigues on + 44 (0)1635 253210 or via email to the Castle Office at [email protected].