Christmas Tours and Afternoon Teas. Nov/Dec 2021

Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea

Step into the spirit of Christmas at the Real “Downton Abbey” and join us for Christmas Guided Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle. We very much hope you enjoyed the TV programme “Christmas at Highclere” in December 2020. As we welcome guests back this year, we have a very different Christmas theme and we are so looking forward to sharing it with you!

Ticket Price:
Adult £95 

Carer £50
Children (4-16yrs) £50

The starting place as ever, however, is the Highclere Christmas tree in the Saloon and the festive garlands that cascade down the staircases, the wintery white and shimmering silver arrangements in the Drawing Room and the traditional styling of the Library and the State Dining Room.

Tour the bedrooms upstairs and explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars which tells the story of the world-famous discovery in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

Following your Tour, make your way outside to the Christmas Marquee on the Castle Lawns for a delicious seated traditional Afternoon Tea.


Please take the opportunity to visit the Gift Shop and explore the Gardens at your own leisure. We hope you find some charming Christmas gifts for friends and family to complete your shopping.

These exclusive tours are available for a limited number of guests. Tickets are £95 per person and include a Christmas Tour, traditional Afternoon Tea and time to explore the Castle Gift Shop and Gardens.



In order to help you plan your day, and to help us ensure we have time to clean everything thoroughly between tours, we have created the following schedules:

A.  Gates open from 9.30am for a 10am tour time (tour of Castle Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

B.  Gates open 11 am for a 11.30am tour time (tour of Castle Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

C.  Gates open 12.30 for a 1pm tour time (tour of Castle Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

D.  Gates open 1.30pm for a 2.30pm tour time(tour of Castle Exhibition and Afternoon Tea)

The tours are each about 1½ hours long followed by Afternoon Tea for 45 minutes. There is then time to enjoy the gift shop, shopping stalls and gardens at leisure. We would ask Group D to explore the Gardens and Gift Shop earlier before your Tour and Tea.

Grounds close promptly at 5pm.

'Christmas at Highclere' by the Countess of Carnarvon.
Available from the Courtyard Gift Shop
at the Castle and Amazon.



The dress code for the event is smart/casual with sensible outdoor wear should you wish to explore the gardens.

Dietary Requirements: Please choose one of the following for each ticket you buy:

  • Traditional Christmas Tea Menu
  • Vegetarian Christmas Tea Menu
  • Gluten free Christmas Tea Menu

To purchase tickets for these special openings, please see the date and time selection calendar below. (Please note we are stepping forwards carefully through 2021. Other Christmas dates and events are planned in reserve but we will wait to consider the best way forward later in the year.)

Please click the date in the calendar below. The website instructions then guide you through to purchase.

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