Depart London and drive away from the city towards the South West of England, a journey that takes approximately 90 minutes from London.
On arrival at Highclere Castle there will be time to enjoy the beautiful gardens; The Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and Wood of Goodwill. There will be time for lunch, or a snack in the Tearooms where you can enjoy light lunches or afternoon teas made in the Castle kitchens, (please note that food and drink are not included) before entering Highclere Castle for an afternoon visit. You will have approximately 4 hours at the Castle.
The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679. Major rebuilding work was carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in 1838, the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon brought in Sir Charles Barry to transform his home into a truly stunning mansion. During the First World War the Castle was transformed into a hospital, returning to a private home in 1922. To this day the current (8th) Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live partly in the Castle and partly nearby, but remain closely involved in the Castle's day to day life and future. On entry to Highclere Castle visitors follow a route through the Castle through with guides in each State room. The State rooms include the Saloon, Library, Dining room, Music room, Drawing room and Smoking room. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery, before walking down the Oak staircase back to the Saloon in the heart of the house. Many of the rooms from the series can be seen on the tour including the Parlour where the Crawleys take tea, the bedrooms and of course the Dining room (scene of many family arguments!).
Return to London, the coach will drop off at Victoria coach and train station, which has excellent links for forward travel throughout London and beyond. You will arrive back in central London by appropriately 4.30pm, depending on traffic conditions.