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Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Hours vary by season.
Highclere Park, Newbury, West Berkshire RG20 9RN, Highclere, London

The Basics

Highclere is a popular day trip from London. You can go as part of a group tour by bus, in a small-group tour by minivan, or on a private tour by luxury vehicle or even black cab. Afternoon tea is offered in the castle’s tea rooms in the coach house, though you must book in advance. Some full-day tours from London incorporate stops at otherDownton filming locations, such as the charming Cotswolds village of Bampton, which is used to portrayDownton in the show. Other tours include non-Downton destinations such as Oxford, home to the esteemed university.

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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
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$178.19 per adult
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Highly recommend this tour. James, our guide, and Andrea, our driver, we’re very knowledgeable and come highly recommended. Only issue was I wish we had had more time in Oxford and Highclere Castle to explore independently.
SueShelley_N, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Southampton

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Worth it!
Sue_D, Jul 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Carol our tour guide on the bus was fantastic and knowledgeable! Clean shuttle bus and easy ride. The tour at Highclere Castle was missing a tour guide and history. We had to ask questions of the attendants vs them informing us of the story of the house. The gardens were stunning and there's a cafe to have tea and scones!
star-5
Downton tour was fantastic!
Amy_M, Aug 2022
Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London
Highclere Castle did not disappoint! It was all very enjoyable and our tour guide Toby was fantastic!
star-5
Great tour with a great guide!
Verena_H, Aug 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
It was a great and magical tour with a great guide! I was able to see all the highlights of Oxford, thanks to the kind and knowledgeable guide. Of course highclere castle was the real highlight of the day and there was enough time to see the castle and the grounds.
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Our Oxford and Highclere experience
Jake_K, Aug 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
James was an excellent guide and gave an informative and interesting narrative during the day. The guided tour through the centre of Oxford was excellent. The Bampton visit was very interesting, especially for Downton Abbey fans and the highlight of the tour was the visit to Highclere Castle
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Reliable, Safe, & Friendly Transport
Quincy_S, Mar 2022
Private Round Trip Transfer : Heathrow or London to Highclere Castle
Highclere castle is an incredible experience and the transport to and from should match as well. This private transfer definitely added to overall great experience we had visiting and returning from Highclere. Our driver was so kind and accommodating. She was engaging and thoughtful. We would highly recommend!
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We thoroughly enjoyed...
Molly_M, Aug 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience! It was a good balance of getting to hear local history and see fascinating sites at Oxford, while also getting to experience the Downton Abbey filming locations and Highclere. We felt there was ample time at each location to explore, shop, and relax without feeling too rushed. Our guide was very knowledgable. It is a big group so that's important to keep in mind if you want a more private or bespoke experience, but in general, we would recommend!
star-4
Good trip but long
Elizabeth_C, Aug 2022
Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London
The guide was excellent. Our driver, however, got lost on the way back to London and that added over an hour to the trip.
star-5
M. Scott
Michael_S, Jul 2022
Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour
My wife became I’ll and I had to cancel our ticket. But so disappointed, but when I reported to you the day before, you graciously returned out full price . We sincerely appreciate that. My wife was heartbroken it you were very understanding. Thank you.
star-5
Amazing day in the country!
Stephanie_F, Jul 2022
Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour
We had an amazing time touring the countryside including all of the Downton Abbey hotspots. Half of us had never seen the show and they loved it as much as the rest of us. David was a great driver. He had so much great knowledge and made our day driving around exceptional. It was just a perfect day. Can’t wait to come back when we can spend more time in the country!
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Great for fans of Downton Abbey and Endeavour
Belinda_S, Aug 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Informative tour guide. Excellent driver. Appropriate rest area stops. Would have love to have spent more time in Oxford but I understand the limitations. Highly recommend.
star-5
Fun Experience
Vladimir_S, Jul 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Frank and Andre were absolutely great. Provided a lovely tour through Oxford and Highclere castle. Thank you both again!
star-5
Smooth and comfortable ride
Holley_H, Mar 2022
Private Round Trip Transfer : Heathrow or London to Highclere Castle
Excellent driver! We had a wonderful time with Dushie. She was best driver in London! Wish we could call her for all our driving needs on vacation. She was right on time, friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend this service if you’re going to Highclere without a tour group (big bus). Thanks Dushie!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Day trips from London typically last between eight and 11 hours.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.

  • Most organized tours include guided visits around the house.

  • Most areas of the castle—namely the ground floor and the Egyptian Exhibition—are accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Trains from London Paddington station depart approximately every hour and bring passengers to Newbury station, situated about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of the castle. From Newbury, it’s a 15-minute taxi ride to Highclere Castle. Newbury-bound National Express buses depart from London Victoria.

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When to Get There

Highclere Castle is open to the public for about 65 days a year: for two weeks around Easter, during the two May bank holiday weekends, and from early July to early September. Entry is ticketed, with morning and afternoon time slots available. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to book well in advance. Walk-up tickets are also sold at Highclere; arrive early to ensure you get one.

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Special Events at Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle hosts various seasonal events throughout the year including special castle tours, concerts, and parties. During the holiday season, the estate is the setting for festive fairs and carol services. In summer, the castle’s events program includes garden parties, during which guests don period dress and enjoy picnics and Pimm’s on the grounds.

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