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Address: Newbury RG20 9RN, England
Phone Number: +44 1635 253210
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Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, this...

Designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, this is considered to be one of the finest Victorian homes still in existence, which houses fine furniture and works of art.

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Lovely place to visit

Came here last week, lovely place beautifully restored Grounds are well maintained and the exihibit is a must see

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
rswalton
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midlands, uk
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midlands, uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here last week, lovely place beautifully restored Grounds are well maintained and the exihibit is a must see

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Goodwick, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Highclere Castle in August. We had a great day visiting the castle and we were lucky as it was a sunny day so it was nice walking around the grounds too. The staffs were very friendly and helpful, they had a great knowledge about the history of the castle.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife made me drive out of our way to go here since it is where they film Downton Abbey and I was reluctant - but I was wrong to be as it was fantastic. The grounds are amazing and the kind of place to spend a few hours and have a picnic. There is a good cafe on site... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful tour of Highclere Castle. Our day started out with a pleasant train ride from London to Newbury. Arriving for our booked tour we were greeted with a warm welcome by Lady Carnanvon. Molly, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and quite entertaining. The castle is beautiful. After our tour we enjoyed a marvelous tea and some shopping in... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant day out but gardens and cafeterias disappointing. The house was interesting and all rooms were well laid out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've watched Downton Abbey, you have of course seen Highclere Castle; but seeing it in person will only enhance your appreciation of the TV series. The guides in the various rooms are well informed about the present residents as well as the Crawley family. They were there when the series was filmed and will supply you with interesting anecdotes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should really, really, really, really, really get there as early as possible!!!! The place gets busy very quickly, and it is very busy. When it is not busy, it is great. The grounds also merit a decent wander around. Other top tip would be to take your photos from outside as soon as possible in the morning to both... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frankly, Highclere needs to embrace the fact that Downton Abbey is the only reason people come to visit. Exploit that sucker! What a magnificent view it is to any fan. I got teary eyed. Also, I think its a little ridiculous that you can't take pictures! But just to pass THE red couch where they all sit in the living... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the train from London to Newberry, then a taxi to Highclere. There were about sixty people on the tour and we were divided into groups of twenty. The Countess made a short very friendly talk and then we headed upstairs.The tour was about 40% about the tv show and the rest about the family. The tour ended with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the smaller tour with only 60 people and ending with high tea, and I highly recommend! We broke into 3 groups, so then only had 20 people and a tour guide with full access to the home. It was a delight! Such a pleasure to meet the Lady of the house as well, and really understand the history... More 

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