Just had a great day at Highclere with my Mother - it was a Christmas present. The grounds and road to and house are stunning. The guides in each open room were approachable and friendly and knew the lot from A to Z! It's been open to the public for 26 years but footfall has increased with the popularity of Downton from 400 a day to 1500 - so please Highclere to satisfy the uncultured but interested - please could we have a dedicated Downton tour and exhibit ? I would love to have taken a few pictures too like many other reviewers - I still don't fully understand the reasons behind that popular ban other than gift shop purchases, which wouldn't be affected at Highclere because the shop is fantastic. Book for next year it's a lovely day out .