Highclere Castle is the much-loved family home of the Earl & Countess of Carnarvon. It was transformed by the Carnarvon family to a Georgian mansion in the 18th & 19th centuries on the site of a mediaeval bishop’s palace. In 1838, the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon instructed Sir Charles Barry to carry out major building work and turn Highclere Castle into a spectacular Victorian Castle. The sumptuous interior rooms, as seen in Downton Abbey, are by Thomas Allom who worked alongside Barry. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon financed and led Howard Carter’s Tutankhamun expedition in 1923. This is an early start at Highclere Castle as the State Rooms will be available for our private guided tour before opening to the public. Coffee will be served at 9.30am to start the tour promptly at 10am. Afterwards there will be time to see the Egyptian Exhibition, the beautiful gardens and listen to a talk at the 'Airman Statue' in the gardens about the aircraft that crashed on the Highclere estate during WWI and WWII.
The dress code is smart/casual for this tour. Please wear sensible clothing/footwear for the gardens.
£58 including morning coffee and light lunch
Booking opens on 1 February at 9.00 am