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Tours to Highclere Castle

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The first written records of the estate date back to 749 when an Anglo-Saxon King granted the estate to the Bishops of Winchester. Bishop William of Wykeham built a beautiful medieval palace and gardens in the park. Later on, the palace was rebuilt as Highclere Place House in 1679 when it was purchased by Sir Robert Sawyer, the direct ancestor of the current Earl of Carnarvon. In 1842, Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, transformed Highclere House into the present day Highclere Castle.

During the First World War, Highclere Castle was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers run by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Throughout the Second World War, Highclere Castle was home to children evacuated from London.

There are between 250 and 300 rooms in the Castle Saloon and during your tour you will explore the main state rooms so familiar from “Downton Abbey”. You will see some of the bedrooms after which you will follow the stairs down to the cellars and old staff quarters where you will find the Egyptian Exhibition, celebrating the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Highclere castle Tours
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Day Trip information

This Day trip charge is for the coach transfers & admission into House, Exhibition & Gardens.

Any Food, drink & extra activities not included in the admission cost is at the passenger own expense.

In many cases extra activities not included in the admission charge can be booked independently & in advance through the Attractions website, please ensure your extra activities booking allows you enough visit duration time to keep within the Coach trip time schedule.

Travel Itinerary

09:30 Reading road, Woodley – 09:50 Bracknell Ice rink – 10:15 Sava Centre Bus stop, Calcot, Reading

Approximate Arrival at Highclere Castle  11:00 – 11:15 am

The Coach will DEPART Highclere Castle at 16:00 hrs for return journey.

Day Trip Covid 19 information

Family, couples & Bubble groups may sit together, please allow one seat distance between next passenger group, when entering the coach please use the hand sanitiser provided.

All passengers above the age of 9 will be required to wear a face mask while on board the coach & inside any Public building or store.

Small PPE kits are available from your driver at a cost of £1.75 (1x 50ml Hand Sanitiser & 2 x face masks).