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Highclere Castle is a magnificent family home, often described as ‘the finest occupied Victorian mansion in England’. Owned by the Carnarvon Family for over 300 years, we hope visitors will discover its treasures throughout the tours of the State rooms as well as exploring the Egyptian Exhibition.

The Castle you see today was designed by Sir Charles Barry. He began in 1842 whilst re-building the Houses of Parliament. Many similarities exist between the styles of the two buildings.

Visitors will recognise many of the rooms, from the dark mahogany, gilded, Library with over 5,650 books, to the Dining Room dominated by Van Dyck’s portrait of Charles I.

The Castle cellars celebrate the achievements of the 5th Earl who, with his colleague Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.

Highclere’s gardens have existed since medieval times and Lord and Lady Carnarvon take much pleasure developing the gardens you see today.

Today’s opening hours

Guided Tours

7 July to 3 September.

10.30am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)



Guided tours: Sunday to Thursday: 7 to 23 April.

7 July to 3 September.

10.30am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)


Find Us
Find us


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. Follow the brown tourist signs from the A34. 


There is a good service from London Paddington to Newbury. Taxis can be found outside the station at Newbury.


Car park on site Car park only available when house and garden is open


Broadway Cars 01635 847784


HHA Friends visit the house for free, exhibition is not included.

Summer house, exhibition and garden prices:
Adult: £23
Child (4-16yrs): £14.50
Over 60: £21
Student: £21
Family: £64

Various other prices based on access.

More admission details

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group bookings are released in early January for the year ahead. Due to high demand these bookings do sell out very quickly and we advise you check our website for the latest updates.


In a beautiful and dramatic setting such as Highclere Castle, your wedding day could be a real life experience as glamorous and magical as any depicted on Downton Abbey.

Our dedicated team of friendly and professional staff are ready to help you with every detail to ensure you have a wonderful day. 

Your wedding day will be made all the more memorable with stunning photographs in the Folly, on the lawns or in the State Rooms.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Whether you are looking to host a product launch, take part in team building activities, or celebrate successes with your clients, Highclere has the flexibility and professionalism to provide your business with an event that will be unique and bespoke.

Find out more on our website.


  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Refreshments
  • Team building activities

School Visits

In 1922 the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. Over 5,000 objects, works of art and everyday items were found in the tomb, providing an extraordinary insight into the Ancient Egyptian civilisation.

Educational visits to the Egyptian Exhibition may be arranged outside of normal public opening, subject to availability. These visits are suitable for Primary school children KS 2 (7-11 years)