Places to Visit in Newbury, Berkshire
HIGHCLERE CASTLE, the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon, is currently the setting for the popular television series Downton Abbey. In the 1830s the 3rd Earl commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the original Georgian house into this pinnacled mansion. Today the 8th Earl and Countess take a keen interest in the castle and have added their own personal touches to the splendid State Rooms. With its ornate exterior, the house is rich in treasures yet retains the warmth of a family home
The 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter spent 16 years excavating in and around the Valley of the Kings. In 1922 they discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun; the only royal tomb of a Pharoah ever found intact. The Castle cellars have been redeveloped; firstly to display the family’s collection of Egyptian artefacts and secondly to take visitors on a ‘journey of discovery’ with views into the antechamber and over 60 incredible replicas of objects found in the tomb
PARK AND GARDENS: The magnificent parkland with its massive cedars was inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown. The gardens include the monks’ garden, the secret garden and a new wild flower meadow and arboretum.
Historic House, Gardens, Tea Room, Film Locations, Highclere Castle, 65 miles west of London is currently the setting for the popular television series, Downton Abbey. The Castle has also been the location for the films; Eyes Wide Shut, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and the Jeeves and Wooster series. The self service Castle Tea Room is licensed and opens between 10.30 and 5.00pm; light lunches are served between 12.00 and 2.00pm. There is a gift shop and ample free parking
Weddings and Conferences
WEDDINGS AND CONFERENCES IN HIGHCLERE, NEAR NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE
Highclere Castle is the perfect venue for the ultimate in dream Weddings. Just 65 miles from London; leave the M4 motorway at junction 13, the Castle is 4 miles south of Newbury off the A34.
With superb State Rooms for your Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast, acres of south-facing lawns for unforgettable photographs, free car parking and in-house catering personally supervised by our Head Chef, the Castle offers an unsurpassed venue for your big day.
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