From the local area the coach will head to 'Highclere Castle', Newbury. We expect to arrive at 11.45hrs. You will have the day at leisure before the coach departs at 16.30hrs to head back to the local area.
Entrance includes Castle, Grounds & Egyptian Exhibition.
Highclere Castle is a beautiful building and a warm, welcoming home to visitors and guests at events and celebrations held here.
Apart from exploring the Castle, the Egyptian Exhibition fascinates adults and children, whilst the surrounding Grounds and Gardens provide peace and tranquillity .
When you visit, you will recognise many rooms from “Downton Abbey." You will see the Drawing Room in which Maggie Smith delivered many a withering comment to some unfortunate relation. In addition you can also find Tutankhamun in the cellars.
Downton Abbey on ITV1
Downton Abbey, the major drama series from ITV was filmed on location here at Highclere Castle. Britain’s best-loved period drama will bow out this autumn after six seasons in which it has faithfully recreated life in a grand country house. When the show began, in pre-war England, the delineation between the upper and lower orders was marked. The Crawleys lived in splendour, with vast numbers of staff and an unshaken belief that they would forever by at the top of society.
The making of Downton Abbey
Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period.
The success of Downton Abbey took everyone by surprise from the first nervous apprehension whether anyone would like the first episode or stay with it for the second or third… the series has become a phenomenon with appreciative viewers all around the world.
The above timings and information are subject to traffic conditions and we reserve the right to make any changes necessary without prior notification.
Coaches for our Day Trips will be in either 'Motts' or 'Crusader' Livery.