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Highclere Castle - Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle

Visit Highclere Castle, the home of Downton Abbey where many of the rooms were used for filming the TV series

Highclere Castle


Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and also features as Downton Abbey, the hugely successful drama series  From the pen of Oscar-winning ('Gosford Park') screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, now Lord Fellowes, it has an all star cast led by Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton and many other leading actors and actresses.


Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period. From that point in time, he could then develop the characters through the First World War and into the changes of the 1920’s.

Whilst the series is like any novel, a fiction, it draws upon ideas from history. The real Earl and Countess (of Carnarvon) lived at Highclere throughout that period, exploring how to keep it going, giving great parties, and dealing  with the “downstairs” staff, with loyal and often colourful characters.


Please note whilst many of the rooms inside the Castle were used for filming, the kitchens and servants area were not filmed here.


NB Photography is NOT permitted within the Castle and photography in the Gardens is for personal use only



Tuesday 3 August 2021

Coach 1 - Trumpington, Royston, Baldock, Stevenage, Sawston

Coach 2 - Saffron Walden, Newport, Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishops Stortford



Adult £40

Senior £38

Child £30


Price Includes:


  • Entrance to Highclere Castle & Gardens 

  • Return Coach Travel



Image (C) Highclere Castle LLP 2014





Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
Bishops Sford Interchange BISHOPS STORTFORD Interchange
Station Road Bus Stops
Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop S NEWPORT ESSEX High St - Bus Stop before Station Rd
Near R & R Saggers shop
Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
Saffron Walden High St S SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop By Goddards Elect
Sawston War Memorial S SAWSTON Next to War Memorial Bus Stop
Stansted Mountfit Har S STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls
Bus Stop (BP Petrol Station)
Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K

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