Christmas at Highclere

Christmas Tours and Afternoon Tea


Step into the spirit of Christmas at the Real “Downton Abbey” and join us for Christmas Guided Tours and Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle. We very much hope you enjoyed the TV programme “Christmas at Highclere” in December 2020. As we welcome guests back this year, we have a very different Christmas theme and we are so looking forward to sharing it with you!

Ticket Price:
Adult £95 
Carer £50
Children (4-16yrs) £50

Christmas at Highclere

The starting place as ever, however, is the Highclere Christmas tree in the Saloon and the festive garlands that cascade down the staircases, the wintery white and shimmering silver arrangements in the Drawing Room and the traditional styling of the Library and the State Dining Room.

Tour the bedrooms upstairs and explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars which tells the story of the world-famous discovery in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

Following your Tour, make your way outside to the Christmas Marquee on the Castle Lawns for a delicious seated traditional Afternoon Tea.

The tours are each about 1½ hours long followed by Afternoon Tea for 45 minutes. There is then time to enjoy the gift shop, shopping stalls and gardens at leisure. We would ask Group D to explore the Gardens and Gift Shop earlier before your Tour and Tea.

Grounds close promptly at 5pm. {Please note we hope to also offer evening tours and receptions and further dates but are cautious just now!

The dress code for the event is smart/casual with sensible outdoor wear should you wish to explore the gardens. 

Dietary Requirements: Please choose one of the following for each ticket you buy:

  • Traditional Christmas Tea Menu
  • Vegetarian Christmas Tea Menu
  • Gluten free Christmas Tea Menu