Highclere Castle & Gardens
Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian castles, set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family have lived at Highclere since 1679 and the current castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishop of Winchester for 800 years. Most visitors will recognise it as the setting for ITV's period drama, Downton Abbey. Photo credits: © Highclere Castle Enterprises LLP 2014
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- First floor landing/bedrooms & small downstairs room not accessible, stairs to upstairs bedrooms
- Facilities: Wheelchair available by arrangement
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open spring/Etr and mid Jul-mid Sep, Sun-Thu (last entry 4). Please check website for opening times
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About the area
Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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