Highclere Castle

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Highclere Castle
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Looking for: Historical, Heritage
Address: Highclere Park
Newbury
Berkshire
Postcode: RG20 9RN
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Indoors and Outdoors
Telephone: 01635 253204
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Towering pinnacled mansion with extravagant exterior remodelled around a previous house by Sir Charles Barry in the 1830's. Impressive and Solid  Victorian interiors with portraits including Van Dyck around the tall gothic great hall. Napoleon's desk and chair from St Helena, as well as Egyptian memorabilia of the Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun with Howard Carter and died shortly afterwards. Features: Broad and majestic Brown park; walled gardens from the 18th century house-dark yew walks from Victorian era. Secret Garden with densely planted herbaceous borders.

Highclere is an area which is believed to have been inhabited since prehistoric times and there is evidence of this both here in Highclere Park and in nearby Seven Barrows. The Castle itself stands on the site of an earlier house, that in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester, who owned this estate from the eighth century.

ADMISSION CHARGES:

ADMISSION CHARGES, 2011:

CASTLE & EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION:
Adults £15.00
Concessions (60+, students, disabled) £13.50
Children (4 to 15 years) £9.00
Family ticket:
(2 adults/3 children or
1 adults/4 children)
£40.00

CASTLE ONLY:
Adult £9.00
Concessions (60+, students, disabled) £8.00
Child (4-15years) £5.00
Historic Houses Association. ‘Castle only’ is free to members.
Family ticket:
(2 adults/3 children or
1 adults/4 children)
£22.00

EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION ONLY:
Adult £9.00
Concessions (60+, students, disabled) £8.00
Child (4-15 years) £5.00
Family ticket:
(2 adults/3 children or
1 adults/4 children)
£22.00
Historic Houses Association. ‘New Exhibition’ is at normal rates.

GROUP RATES:
CASTLE & EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION:
Adults £12.00
Children (4 to15 years) £7.00
CASTLE ONLY:
Adults £7.00
Children (4 to15 years) £5.00
EGYPTIAN EXHIBITION ONLY:
Adults £7.00
Children (4 to15 years) £5.00

Disabled Visitors: A necessary companion of a paying disabled visitor will be admitted free of charge.

GROUNDS AND GARDENS ONLY:
Adults £4.00
Children (4-15 yrs) £1.00