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29 August 2019Highclere Castle

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Highclere Castle
Thursday 29 August 2019

Highclere Castle, just south of Newbury, is the home of the well-known TV series Downton Abbey. If you have ever wished to wander through the splendid State Rooms associated with the TV series and see the many fine paintings, furniture and antiques then this is your opportunity. It is also an opportunity to refresh your memory before the new Downton Abbey film is released in September.

Highclere Castle is a grand country house, designed in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with parkland designed by Capability Brown. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, whose ancestors have lived at Highclere since 1679.

The Castle is also noted for its Egyptian artefacts after the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, spent over sixteen years excavating various sites in Egypt. Sadly, the collection was sold to the Metropolitan Museum of New York in 1923 in order to pay death duties. Today, however, the 8th Earl and Countess have opened a new Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the Castle to celebrate the 5th Earl’s achievements.

We aim to arrive at Highclere by 11.00 am, when you can visit the Tea Rooms for refreshments or start your unguided tour of the Castle, followed by a visit to the Egyptian Exhibition. The Tea Rooms are also open for hot light lunches between 12.00 and 2.00 pm or snacks at other times of the day. However, if the weather permits then the Castle grounds are a splendid place for a picnic.

Please note that your booking form, in the documents section of the website, needs to be received by the 17th July, since advanced booking is required. After this time there is no guarantee that tickets can be purchased.

Depart Bradmoor Farm: 9.00 am for 9.15 am
Depart Highclere Castle: 4.00 pm (with planned return about 5.15 pm)
Cost per head: £30.00 (Castle, grounds & Egyptian Exhibition)
or
Cost for HHA Members: £11.50 (Castle & grounds) and optional extra £7,
payable on the day, for entrance to the Egyptian Exhibition.

Visit Organiser: Linda Beazley 01525 240781 or 07913 348966