What’s Happening at Highclere? How to Spend 2019 at Downton Abbey

From art and architecture to going back in time to the roaring 1920s, there is much to experience at Highclere Castle over the coming year. In the past, this gorgeous Victorian fortress has been a home to one of the men who discovered King Tut’s tomb, a hospital for wounded soldiers and much more. However, it is perhaps most well-known these days for being the set of the historical period drama television series Downton Abbey.

Here’s what you can expect from Highclere Castle in 2019.

Highclere Castle is the setting of award-winning television drama, Downton Abbey. Visit the setting of Downton Abbey on a luxury hotel barge cruise

March and June: Guided Tours

In the months of March and June, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will be offering guided tours of the gorgeous chateau they call home. Both morning and afternoon slots are available, and each tour includes access to the grounds, gardens, Egyptian exhibition and, of course, the castle itself. Tasty refreshments such as scones, soup and quiche and a goody bag are included with your ticket as well.

Downton Abbey

May: Art and Architecture Week

Each year, Lady Carnarvon chooses a different part of Highclere to showcase, and her pick for 2019 is the castle’s art and architecture. A visit during this week includes a talk on the event’s theme by an expert, nibbles and a guided tour that enables guests  to view the castle’s works of art, bedrooms, state rooms and other rooms that can be seen in Downton Abbey. Weather permitting, a tour of the beautiful gardens is also available – explore the Secret Garden, the Monk’s Garden and the Wood of Goodwill while you take in the spectacular azaleas for which Highclere is famous.

Highclere Secret Garden

September: Roaring 20s Party

Set back the clock and time travel to the roaring 1920s this September. This exciting event invites guests to the castle to get their Gatsby on. Come dressed for Downton and expect a weekend of cocktails, costumes and cars from almost 100 years ago.

Whether you watch Downton Abbey religiously or just want to drink tea like the aristocracy, Highclere is a lovely destination, and we hope you’ll join us during the new year as we visit this fantastic fortress. For more information on our 2019 cruises to the castle or to book on to one of our other luxurious river cruises in Europe, get in touch with our dedicated team. We’re here to help you find the European barge cruise of your dreams.

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