Friday, June 24, 2016

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle is beautiful. 
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, I am sure it is on your bucket list should you ever find yourself in England. 
So of course when I was there we had to visit it. 

Highclere Castle was designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1842. He also designed the Houses of Parliament in London and you can see the similar styles. 
You have to get tickets from their website and they offer limited tours throughout the year. Sometimes they do special parties and events and other times it is just a time that you are allowed to come tour. You can tour just the house and gardens, just the gardens, or also add on the Egyptian Exhibit. 

When you tour the house you get to see the Library which was absolutely beautiful. It was a dream come true to walk through that library. 
You also tour the Music Room, the Drawing Room, The Saloon, The Dining Room and you walk around looking into the bedrooms as well. 

The gardens are extensive and you could spend hours on them alone. 

In the Egyptian Exhibition you get to learn a lot about the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and his discoveries. He, along with his partner Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. It was extremely interesting to see this exhibit. 

You can eat in the house as well and they have a little gift shop around back. 
I was a little disappointed in the gift shop as their collection of Downton Abbey themed items was very small. But they still had a lot of beautiful items and I was able to get some Highclere specific things. 

It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend a visit to Highclere!
To read more about our visit go here.


The Kings said...

It was such a fun visit! To see Downton Abbey stuff was really cool but I also enjoyed the real history of Highclere Castle and am so glad we could visit. Our entry to the grounds in the car was really cool with the Downton Abbey music you had playing on the CD player as we drove up and caught our first glimpse of "Downton Abbey"!

cheryl said...

I loved it!