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Highclere Castle

Newbury RG20 9RN, England
+ 44 (0)1635 253210
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Newbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, this is considered to be one of the finest Victorian homes still in existence,... more » Owner description: Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, this is considered to be one of the finest Victorian homes still in existence, which houses fine furniture and works of art. « less
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Bristol
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Visited on 17th July. Lovely hot sunny day. House smaller than I imagined, but still very beautiful. Very long trail through the house, too many people so the going was slow to standstill. Was also very hot inside. Didn't find out much about the history of the house or the Downton connection. Saw rooms where they did filming but only... More

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Charlotte, NC
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's no secret that these beautiful manor homes are in danger from a lack of funds for upkeep and repairs, so I was happy to pay whatever it cost to go to Highclere. I also knew that it was extremely popular and that tickets sold out quickly! We didn't plan our trip to the UK until well after tickets went... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The best part about the visit was enjoying the exterior of the castle. My husband and I loved walking the grounds, taking pictures of the beautiful castle exterior and gardens. I would recommend having lunch on the grounds and sitting outside of the tearoom for tea. The experience outside was absolutely lovely. The tour of the castle, however, was not... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Breathtaking exterior views but the interior was unimpressive. You only see a few rooms with no historical commentary. You see many modern pictures of the castles owners, and the integrity of the home is not well maintained. I highly recommend drinking tea in the cafe near the house, but don't expect to spend more than a few hours there. The... More

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

You know, you don't get to see most of the house but what you do see is excellent for you history buffs (like me) or for you Downton Abbey fans (like my wife). At just £13 per adult it is a fraction of the extortionate sum that other attractions charge for the exact same privelege. If you absorb the visit... More

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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

being huge Downton fans we booked tickets as soon as they were released in November,and looked forward to the trip, The setting is everything we expected as we approached, we booked afternoon tickets so looked round garden in the morning, not quite as I imagined , thought they would be larger and being early May perhaps not at their best,... More

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Oakville, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a huge Downton fan, I booked our tickets 6 months in advance and couldn't wait for the day to arrive. It was everything we hoped for! The castle truly is beautiful and a must see if you love the show. The tickets go on sale in February for the summer visits. They sell out fast...but not to worry, they... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

After booking our tickets last year, it was great to finally attend!! I must admit it was very exciting (as a fan of Downton Abby) driving up the main driveway to the house. The amount of cars and coaches did take the magic away a little, but that is to be expected. The tour was extremely slow moving, and I... More

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Carlinville, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As huge fans of The Downton Abbey series, this was the highlight of our trip. It was enjoyable to walk the same paths and visit the same rooms that we see on the show. There were several places to lunch with adequate indoor and outdoor seating. The gift shop was crowded, but had the best selection of souvenirs and gift... More

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Brighton
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180 reviews 180 reviews
83 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Who knew the gardens would be just as nice an experience as the home itself? We wandered for about an hour, enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn, then entered according to our timed tickets. It was fun to see the rooms that we have grown to know so well - TV fans! You can see in every room that... More

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