If you were glued to the period drama, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle will be instantly recognisable as the home of the Grantham’s. In real life, Highclere Castle belongs to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon (Lord and Lady Carnarvon).
The good news is, you can glimpse what life here was, and is, like for yourself. The house and its gardens are open to the public during the summer months and on other selected dates.
A tour includes the main state rooms, some of the gallery bedrooms, the downstairs staff quarters and the Egyptian Exhibition in honour of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s joint discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. A fascinating collection of the Earl’s antiquities are on display too.
A variety of special tours are also available including movie-themed tours, Valentine’s afternoon teas and Christmas at the castle. Pre-booking is usually essential.