Highclere CastleNewbury Category Historic Sites
Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has 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 Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years.
For those visiting who are fans of Downton Abbey, a must visit is to Highclere Castle near Newbury. It's magnificent building and stunning grounds were designed by Charles Barry who also designed the House of Parliament. You can see it's lavish interiors and rooms where many of Downton Abbey's scene's have been filmed, have a cup of tea in the tearoom or visit the impressive pillared library with over 5,650 books.
Please note that these Gardens and woods can be explored only when Highclere Castle is open to the general public.