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Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle

Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle

Departing Suffolk & Essex - Visit Highclere Castle the location of the TV drama series Downton Abbey and seat of the Earl of Carnarvon

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Emmy winning TV drama series Downton Abbey, was filmed on location at Highclere Castle. From the pen of Oscar-winning ('Gosford Park') screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, it has an all star cast led by Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them; some of them are loyal to the family and are committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the lookout for new opportunities or love or just adventure. The difference being that they know so many of the secrets of the family, while the family knows so few of theirs....

 

In real life Highclere Castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. Built on an ancient site, the original house was recorded in the Domesday Book. The present day Castle was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect also responsible for building the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

 

The Castle's history also includes a fascinating connection with ancient Egypt, as the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The Castle now houses an exhibition that commemorates this historic event, including some rare antiquities from the 5th Earl's earlier Egyptian excavations.

 

Entrance is included to The Castle, Egyptian Exhibition and Gardens

 

Approximate Timings

1200/1230 Entracne

1700/1730 Depart

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £6.50 per day.Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL

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