Highclere Castle, currently 'famous' as the setting for the TV series Downton Abbey, has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. Built on an ancient site, the original house was recorded in the Domesday Book.
The Castle is set in 1,000 acres of sweeping parkland. This was designed for the 1st Earl of Carnarvon by the famous 18th century landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Today, the parkland and gardens provide acres of peace, tranquillity and discovery, with breathtaking views across the rolling downlands of North Hampshire on the southern edge of the Cotswolds.
The Castle’s history includes a fascinating connection with ancient Egypt, as the 5th Earl, with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The Castle now houses an exhibition that commemorates this historic event, including some rare antiquities from the 5th Earl's earlier Egyptian excavations.
We welcome many visitors each year to view the Castle, the Egyptian Exhibition and the surrounding Grounds and Gardens. Highclere Castle is situated just south of Newbury in Berkshire, 10 minutes from the M4 motorway - an hour from London and 40 minutes from Oxford.
This unique setting is also available for private events, corporate events and film locations. We welcome individual enquiries regarding weddings, parties and other celebrations.
Visit the Highclere Castle website.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015