Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country house built in 1679 and largely renovated in the 1840s, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. The 5,000-acre (2,000 ha) estate is in Highclere in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles (8 km) south of Newbury, Berkshire, and 9.5 miles (15 km) north of Andover, Hampshire. It is the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
Highclere Castle has been used as a filming location for several films and television series, including 1990s comedy series Jeeves and Wooster, and achieved international fame as the main location for the ITV historical drama series Downton Abbey (2010–15) and the 2019 and 2022 films based on it.
maria pendondjis | Jan 29, 2018
Well what can you say about this amazing place that isn't obvious. It's beyond beautiful, it's downright magical. Photos and videos don't do it justice. The architecture is meant to be savored and studied. I wish I could spend a week there! The grounds are just as beautiful so try to go on a nice day and walk around. The history of the castle is fascinating and the guides were very knowledgeable and lovely. Highly recommend a visit!
Jean Nevelus | Apr 11, 2018
It was as beautiful as the show. Only downfall is you are NOT ALLOWED to take pictures inside the castle. That was disappointing. But the entire tour was great. I'd go with Premium Tours if you need one.
Stephen Foster | Apr 7, 2018
What a wonderful place to visit and excellent staff. Special thanks to the man I presume to be the manager of the stables restaurant who brought us soup from the marquee as it wasn't on the stables menu. An excellent ambassador for the attraction.
Agnieszka Zielona | Apr 6, 2018
What a lovely place for a long walk! The castle is just as it was in the series! No disappointment at all. Go early if you don't have a pre-booked ticket and want to avoid crowds
Dusha Moya | Jan 12, 2018
If I could put 10 stars, I would have! What a delight! The estate has everything one needs for a lovely day out: the castle itself has a very stylish decor; the gardens are lovely; the grounds allow you to have a restful stroll to enjoy the vistas around the estate; the Egyptian exhibition is a great unexpected bonus! Afterwards you can rest your feet and satisfy your hunger - either with a hot lunch or a snack with a drink. And, of course, a gift shop - can't miss it.
Peter Vorobieff | May 24, 2018
Most people visit because of Downton Abbey, but this castle is so much more than just the location for this and many other notable TV shows and movies (including Jeeves and Wooster with Laurie and Fry). It is a magnificent piece of living history, surrounded by stunning landscapes, and with a very interesting collection of art inside.
Maisy Fowler | May 6, 2018
Lovely ! The grounds were beautiful and the building was very striking. The inside tour was thorough and filled with fascinating facts about the occupiers and the filming of Downton Abbey. An enjoyable day out. However there are limited toilets and it is only open for select days in the year
Pam Taylor | Apr 27, 2018
Great day out. Can get really busy in the house. Gardens are well looked after. Well worth a visit. Will go back again.
Blake Anderson | Jun 13, 2018
Took my wife to an event they were having. She is a big Downtown Abbey fan. I thought I would be a bit out of place and bored. Boy was I wrong. This estate was incredible. The show represents such a small part of the history and awe that Highclere has to offer.
Wendy Rabbetts | Jun 29, 2018
Arrived with thoughts of Downton Abbey. Left feeling that I have a peep into the life of the family who REALLY live there Such a beautiful home and grounds. Thank you. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Benton Brown | Jun 24, 2018
We love Highclere. They do a great Easter Sunday at the castle. A must see for all, especially Downton lovers.
William Taylor | Jul 28, 2018
Having watched the series on TV, our family was very eager to visit Highclere Castle outside London. The drive up to the castle is amazing with sweeping fields and large old oaks slumbering along the path. Our daughter had a blast running in the expansive front yard and even found a soccer ball in the hedges of the main house. We toured the castle with our mouths open wide and remembered how the TV show used the rooms we saw. Excellent example of beauty and grace with a neat Egyptian exhibit in the basement. Lot's of history and a fun visit!
babs clarke | Jul 23, 2018
Not bad. I went solely because of Downton. The rooms were fascinating and the landscape beautiful. The only concern was lack of signage. Nothing to tell you where things are and possibly how long the walk is, how long it will take you, suitable for able people or not. Need to take note from Osborne House, which is very well signposted and informative. Overall a lovely day.
Paul vdB | Jul 29, 2018
A beautiful setting, magnificent building, fascinating history, and wonderful gardens. The staff were friendly and informative and, surprisingly, the food and drink were very reasonably priced, unlike many other stately homes. I would highly recommend a visit!
Bruce Stevens | Aug 2, 2018
Well worth a visit, especially if you are a fan of THAT show! Could do with more information cards in the rooms visited - some of them didn't have any at all! There are guides but sometimes they are busy with other people. Anyway, a jolly good day out! 👍
Krystyna Bartoszewska | Jul 29, 2018
Enjoyed going back in time in this lovely castle, not only for its history but also connections to the famous Downton Abbey series and Jeeves and Wooster. Had a lovely cream tea in the cafe and bought some nice gifts in the shop. The grounds and gardens were also interesting and the flowers and plants beautiful.
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