World famous Highclere Castle is the location of world hit series Downton Abbey. Known as England’s best country house. Nestling in 5000 acres, Highclere is a 19th century trophy house.
Highclere is opening to the public, in aid of war heroes from WWI to those fighting in Afghanistan. They’re promising Spitfires overhead and members of the cast wandering the grounds, music-hall bands and an auction of props from the show.
Don’t miss the cellar, which will take you back further in time; it houses an Egyptology exhibition to mark the discovery by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922.
The castle has become so popular that when resident owners Lord and Lady Carnarvon offered a prize of afternoon tea and a VIP tour, nearly three-quarters of a million Americans entered the VisitBritain competition.
Its also a family home for a real lord and lady with 20 full time staff who help to manage the estate every single day. Highclere costs £1 million to maintain per year. 60,000 visitors visit Highclere castle each year.