Highclere Castle Express
This day trip includes return executive coach travel from London and entry to Highclere Castle & Grounds, the Grantham family home in Downton Abbey.
Depart London and drive away from the city towards the South West of England. Journey time from London is approximately 90 minutes. On arrival at Highclere Castle there will be time to enjoy the beautiful gardens; The Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and Wood of Goodwill. There will be time for lunch, or a snack in the Tearooms where you can enjoy light lunches or afternoon teas made in the Castle kitchens, before we enter Highclere Castle for an afternoon visit. We plan to spend 4 hours at the Castle.
The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679. Major rebuilding work was carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in 1838, the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon brought in Sir Charles Barry to transform his home into a truly stunning mansion. During the First World War the Castle was transformed into a hospital, returning to a private home in 1922. To this day the current (8th) Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live partly in the Castle and partly nearby, but remain closely involved in the Castle's day to day life and future. On entry to Highclere Castle visitors follow a route through the Castle through with guides in each State room. The State rooms include the Saloon, Library, Dining room, Music room, Drawing room and Smoking room. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery, before walking down the Oak staircase back to the Saloon in the heart of the house. Many of the rooms from the series can be seen on the tour including the Parlour where the Crawleys take tea, the bedrooms and of course the Dining room (scene of many family arguments!).
- Travel by executive coach
- Sevices of a Tour Manager. Please note this trip is not accompanied by a professional guide, you will be escorted by a Tour Manager. On entry to Highclere Castle there are staff/guides available in selected rooms to answer questions.
- Entry to Highclere Castle and Gardens
Important note about cancellations - Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets all bookings for this day trip are 100% non refundable.
Departure points in London (varies according to date):
09:20am - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum. WC1B 3DG
09:30am - Great Portland Street tube, outside International Student House, London W1W 5PN
09:40am - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch. W1C 1LZ
10:00am - Outside Premier Inn London Kensington, Knaresborough Place. SW5 0TJ
Return to London - The coach will drop off at Victoria coach and train station, which has excellent links for forward travel throughout London and beyond. We plan arrive back in central London by 18:00/18:30, depending on traffic conditions.
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