Castle Tour Information 2019

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

Summer Public Opening: Sunday July 7th to Tuesday 3rd September

The Castle, Egyptian Exhibition and Gardens are open to the public for general tours from 7th July to 3rd September (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). All 'pre-booked' tickets are now sold out but 'walk-up' tickets may be purchased on the gate each day, subject to availability. Click here for more details.

Castle Tours, Costumes and Cocktails: Saturday September 7th and Sunday 8th September

Join us to explore and tour the Castle, Exhibition and Gardens on a lovely September weekend just before the premiere of the Downton Abbey Movie. Feel as if you are on set with music, dancing, and a costume exhibition from beaded evening dresses to a Coronation Robe, a chauffeur's uniform and footman livery. Try our scones or cakes and don't miss out on the cocktails! Click here for more details.

Christmas at Highclere: 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. Click here for more details.

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 at [email protected].