- Castles and Palaces
Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor
Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set and has a great backdrop too with 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland surrounding it.
The Carnarvon family has lived here at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of a medieval palace! Kids tend to like the idea of castles built on castles… and older kids can tap into rich historical veins here ideal for supporting school work or extra credit projects.
Please note that these Gardens and woods can be explored only when Highclere Castle is open to the general public! For public footpaths and other seasonal walks please see online timetabling through the link. However the castle is a fun one so it's best to go when you can access everything, if you can! Booking tickets in advance is highly advised due to the limited opening availability.
This Castle was the seat, so to speak, a century ago of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who famously discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in 1922. No curses seem to have taken effect though so you're perfectly safe to visit, and today, the 8th Earl and Countess have opened up a new Egyptian Exhibition throughout the cellars of the Castle to celebrate the 5th Earl's heady achievements!
It makes a visit here even better than before and again provides an excellent source of information ideal for bolstering research for school work. Plus you get to annoy the kids with mummy jokes all day and who doesn't love that?
- Restaurant Onsite
Getting There and Contact Information
Highclere Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9RN, England
Click here to visit Highclere Castle's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Please see website for details
Kids (4-16): £13.50