Pictures of Highclere Castle
About Highclere Castle
This was once a rather plain building until Sir Charles Barry turned it into the matchless beauty we see today. A place of rare grandeur, Highclere is surrounded by landscaped grounds laid down by Capability Brown, his stunning parkland, created in 1774 makes a fitting back-drop for what is now a place of limitless style and beauty.
Highclere has been the home of the Herbert family for more than 300 years. The title "Earl of Carnarvon" was given to Henry Herbert by a grateful George III in acknowledgment for his political skill in the handling of a difficult political situation at the time of the Gordon Riots. The title remains with this family today, so too have their close links to the Crown. The 4th Earl became Secretary of State and played an important part in the development of the British Empire, and the 5th Earl discovered the treasures of the Egyptian Tomb of Tutankhamen, and went on to develop the famous Highclere Racing Stud. The 6th Earl bred "Blenheim" winner of the 1930 Derby. The 7th Earl carried on the traditions of the racing stud, he became one of the Queen's greatest friends as well as being her racing manager. The sister of the 8th Earl continues to run the stud, whilst his brother the Hon Harry Herbert manages Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the U.K's most successful Horse Racing Syndicate.
Within this gracious house visitors discover appealing rooms each with a definitive style. The library, that preserve of the male species, has fine mahogany furniture and features startling red and gold. The Victorian smoking room is luxurious with rich leather furnishings off-set by glowing wood, this too is heavy with the atmosphere of a purely male domain. There is a dramatic entrance hall, and probably the finest room in the house is the Victorian saloon created by Thomas Allom - this is a galleried room, rich with tapestries, leather wall hangings, and coats of arms, all displayed with flamboyant abandon. The Drawing Room is adorned with elegant chandeliers and has soft furnishings giving it the timeless feel of the English country home while the more formal Dining Room has an elaborate ceiling, fine furniture, and a collection of portraits. As you tread the hallowed floors and glance at the sweeping staircase with its intricate decoration you get a mirror image in your mind of just what a wondrous place this must have been a century or so ago.
In the basement visitors can see a display of Egyptian artefacts brought back by the 5th Earl from his explorations of the Valley of the Kings. A walk around the stunning grounds reveals a delightful walled garden designed by Capability Brown, a fernery, and an orangery. The yew walks carry forward the Victorian era, and there are magnificent lawns and a lovely secret garden to be enjoyed.
The house is available for events, and both house and grounds are open to the public.
Please upload your photos of Highclere Castle or see below for towns & villages near Highclere Castle and a list of other nearby attractions to visit.
Planning a visit? We have thousands of Hotels, Bed & Breakfast and Holiday Cottages to choose from at highly competetive rates when booked through the Pictures of England website. Click here for accommodation near Highclere Castle
Add attraction to favourites
Submit a history of Highclere Castle
Recommended towns & villages near Highclere Castle
(16.8 miles, 27.0 km, direction W)
Dramatic chalk downs extend from Berkshire into rural Wiltshire, they are particularly rich in pre-historic remains and shelter a wealth of charming market towns and pretty..... (18.2 miles, 29.2 km, direction N)
East Hendred is one of the spring line villages nestling just below the Downs in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire... (18.8 miles, 30.3 km, direction NE)
This town lies on the extremities of the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills at a point where the waters of the rivers Thames and Kennet meet making the River Thames a major river for the rest of its journey to the sea... (19.0 miles, 30.6 km, direction S)
This is an old town which was a tribal town long before the Romans landed in Britain, under their leadership it flourished to become the 5th largest city in the land, and was later heralded as the capital of King Alfred... (21.5 miles, 34.7 km, direction SE)
In Chawton is the unassuming 18th-century cottage where Jane Austen once lived...All towns in Hampshire
Complete A to Z of towns in England
Recommended attractions near Highclere Castle (6.4 miles, 10.4 km, direction N)
A mile north of Newbury. Built in the late 14th century as a fortified residence at the top of a hill, overlooking the River..... (11.3 miles, 18.2 km, direction W)
.. (12.1 miles, 19.5 km, direction E)
This house stands on a spot where once there may have been a Roman inn or villa. The name means "house of wine" which is a very..... (12.1 miles, 19.5 km, direction SW)
Romantic, ruined motte and bailey castle, with building works in stone. Parts of the castle date to the 12th-century, it was..... (14.8 miles, 23.8 km, direction S)
All attractions in Hampshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England
Hotels near Highclere Castle
Hotels near Highclere Castle Cottages near Highclere Castle Bed & Breakfast near Highclere Castle
The Yew Tree
Highclere, Hampshire, England (0.7 miles, 1.2 km)
A 15-minute drive from Newbury, The Yew Tree offers stylish rooms, free Wi-Fi, and free parking on site. It is a traditional country inn with an award-winning restaurant, and a charming bar offering a...
More info and book online.. Price from £65.00
Enborne, Berkshire, England (3.5 miles, 5.6 km, direction N)
Pine View offers accommodation in Enborne, 42 km from Oxford. It provides free private parking. The holiday home is composed of 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, equipped with a bath or shower....
More info and book online..
Hilton Newbury Centre
Newbury, Berkshire, England (4.0 miles, 6.4 km, direction NE)
Just 800m south of historical Newbury, The Hilton offers en suite rooms and a stylish Piano Bar, 10 minutes from Newbury Racecourse. All of the modern rooms have high-speed internet access, a TV with...
More info and book online.. Price from £48.00
Jago Apartment at Pravonix
Newbury, Berkshire, England (4.2 miles, 6.8 km, direction NE)
Jago Apartment at Pravonix is a self-catering accommodation located in Newbury, just a 4-minute drive from Newbury Train Station. There is free WiFi access and free parking is available....
More info and book online..
Newbury, Berkshire, England (4.7 miles, 7.6 km, direction N)
Located in Newbury, 7 minutes’ walk from the train station, Butterfield House offers modern self-catering accommodation with free WiFi and free parking. The property is 1 mile from Newbury Racecours...
More info and book online..
All Accommodation near Highclere Castle..
Highclere Castle Reviews
See all Highclere Castle reviews..
Please login to make a review
Please like us on Facebook to get all the latest pictures each day - Thank you!
© 2001-2015 Pictures of England.com - All rights reserved
Terms & Conditions
PestControl-Supermarket.com - Worldwide Pest Control Supermarket Price Comparisons including England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
South Coast Campsites - Your best guide to camping and caravanning along the beautiful
south coast of England