Real Lives & Film Sets Guided Tours, Sep/Oct/Nov 2021

Real Lives & Film Sets
Castle Autumn Guided Tours

September, October, November 2021 

£125 per Adult
£60 per Carer or Child (4-16 years old)

Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Castle, Tour of the Egyptian Exhibition, delicious selection of refreshments prepared by Highclere’s chefs and served by the butlering team and a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon’s latest photographic book  about the Real Downton Abbey.

Lord and Lady Carnarvon are delighted to invite you to step into the real-life location and living film set from Downton Abbey this autumn. Wind your way through the park, along the gravel drive to join us to explore the very familiar State Rooms from the much-loved series and upcoming Film “Downton Abbey”. 

During your Guided Tour, you will recognise where so many of your favourite scenes were shot locations, so many memorable lines uttered. Downton Abby has given many people much enjoyment and a Tour of the Real Downton must be the ultimate engagement.

The tour will share the real history and works of art in the State Rooms, the Galleried bedrooms, from Stanhope Bedroom, decorated in Real Life for HRH the Prince of Wales and also the bedroom in which the handsome Turkish Diplomat died of a heart attack. It was also Shirley MacLaine’s bedroom for one episode and Lady Anstruther’s in another.

After exploring the Castle rooms, guests are then invited to descend to the cellars to explore the Egyptian Exhibition.

This fascinating Exhibition tells the story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and contains antiquities from the earlier tombs in the Valley of the Nobles and Valley of the Queens. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter spent some 16 years working in Egypt before they knocked through a sealed door to find a royal tomb 3,500 years old.

Following this, you will enjoy seasonal Afternoon Tea style refreshments chosen by our Head Chef served in the Tea Rooms by Highclere’s butlering team. This will include a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade soup, quiche and delicious mini cakes as well as traditional scones and quiches.

A stroll in the Grounds is a must after indulging in the Coach House and please take the opportunity to explore the Gardens.

These Special Guided Tours have guest numbers limited to circa 60. The tours the proceed in groups of 20 as opposed to 1,200 guests through the summer, making it more of an exclusive and unique experience.



Tickets are £125 per person to include the Guided Tour, Egyptian Exhibition and time to explore the Gardens and visit the Gift Shop should you wish. Your ticket also includes the complimentary refreshments and a copy of the Countess of Carnarvon’s  latest book (RRP £30).

Please select either a morning ticket, where you arrive at 10:30am departing at 1:30pm or an afternoon ticket where you arrive for 1.30pm departing at 4:30pm. The Guided Tour will commence at your chosen ticket start time.

Please note that the gates to the Castle and Grounds will open no more than 30 minutes prior your ticket time. Grounds close promptly at 5.30pm.

Dress code for the event is smart/casual. Please wear sensible footwear for the Gardens.

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