Downton Abbey Film Location- Highclere House

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The worldwide runaway success of TV’s Downton Abbey has led to piqued interest in the stunning Highclere House. This beautiful English stately home formed the backdrop of many iconic scenes throughout filming of the television programme. Relive your favourite moments in the grounds of Highclere House and shed a tear as we bid farewell to one of England’s most loved TV exports.

Often referred to as the ‘Real Downton Abbey’, Highclere Castle is a Victorian Castle set in 1000 acres of beautiful grounds. The gardens can be explored when Highclere Castle is open to the public although there are also a selection of nearby walks close to the Castle.

Aside from the Castle Gardens and Grounds, which are open from 10am during public opening times, there is also gift shop and tea rooms.

The History of Highclere Castle

It seems that there were very early buildings on the site of Highclere Castle followed by a beautiful Georgian red bricked house.  Transformation of this house into the grand mansion that you see today was initiated in 1838 by the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon during the exciting Victorian era of opportunity and change. The new Castle dominated and impressed with a succession of glamourous house parties during this time.

During WWI, the house became a second home to injured soldiers under the care of Alminia, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon who worked tirelessly to heal others.

By 1922, Highclere Castle was home to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who along with Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun.

During WWII, Highclere castle became a home for evacuee children from London before returning to a family home. Highclere today is home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvan

What’s on in 2016 at Highclere castle?

Visit to find out all the latest news and events at Highclere Castle including a wonderful vintage garden party complete with fancy dress!

Where is Highclere Castle?

Highclere Castle lies west of London and close to the M4 and Newbury. Conveniently located close to Winchester, Salisbury and Southampton and within reach of Oxford.

Cricketfield House Hotel offer luxury bed and breakfast accommodation and can are well placed for Highclere castle as well as many other historic homes, and gardens. Close by is Wilton House, Stourhead and we can advise on the best kept local historical secrets when you visit. If you quote ‘Downton Abbey’ whilst you book by telephone we would like to offer you a bottle of Prosecco in your room on arrival. All direct bookings by telephone offer the best rates.