Highclere Castle is only open on selected dates during 2020 & 2021, which gives an opportunity for the public to discover the location of the real Downton Abbey. Entrance tickets are available in the morning and afternoon, and the following applies to the Spring & Summer Season. We also run a Highclere Castle shuttle bus, with entrance ticket and return minibus transport included from Central London.
Update: Opening on Saturday 12th July!
Opening Dates 2020
These are the opening dates at Highclere Castle for their spring & summer admission, as well as the “Living in a Castle” special event. It does not include the dates of any other events or special tours taking place at Highclere.
12-30 July, 2020, open every day except on Fridays and Saturdays
August 2020 – open every day except on Fridays and Saturdays
1-3, 6-10 & 14-16 September, 2020
Opening Dates 2021
4-18 April 2021
1-4 May 2021
9-15 May 2021, “Living in a Castle”, a special event at Highclere
29-31 May 2021
1 June 2021
11-29 July, 2021, open every day except on Fridays and Saturdays
August 2021 – open every day except on Fridays and Saturdays
1-2 & 5-7 September, 2021
Highclere Castle Tours
Our Highclere Castle tours are the perfect way of getting to the castle from London. We offer several different Highclere Castle tours which are available in 2020 and 2021 on many of the dates listed above. These tours are top-rated and often get sold out well in advance.
Our Highclere Castle day trip includes a visit to Highclere Castle and a tour of the nearby Downton Abbey filming locations including the real-life Downton village. This is the perfect tour if you want to see all of the most important Downton Abbey filming locations in one day.
Our shuttle bus tour includes an entrance ticket to Highclere Castle and transportation from Central London. This is the perfect tour if you are just looking for an easy way to get to Highclere Castle from London.
Finally, our private tour to Highclere Castle is ideal if you are looking to travel from London in a private vehicle and spend the day exploring the castle and nearby filming locations.