Over 140,000 photos of England.
17,000+ Members
Click here to join the community
Pictures of England
 

Pictures of Highclere Castle, England

Pictures of Highclere Castle

a Historic Building in the town of Highclere, in the county of Hampshire

Highclere Castle

You can now buy stock photos of Highclere Castle - Click here

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

Marlborough, Wiltshire

Marlborough

(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.....

Information | Pictures (11) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

No picture available

Itchen Abbas

(17.3 miles, 27.9 km, direction S)

A beautiful village in a serene and picturesque valley whose meadows are watered by the gently flowing, trout filled waters of the River Itchen as it continues it's journey towards Southampton where it will meet with the sea...

Information | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

Wheatsheaf Inn in Chapel Square, East Hendred, Oxfordshire

East Hendred

(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...

Information | Pictures (61) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

Reading City Centre. Berkshire

Reading

(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...

Information | Pictures (184) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

Details of medieval St Cross Hospital

Winchester

(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...

Information | Pictures (309) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages

All towns in Hampshire
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Recommended attractions near Highclere Castle

Front view of Sandham Memorial Chapel

Sandham Memorial Chapel

(1.5 miles, 2.4 km, direction NE)

Chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings...

Information | Pictures (1) | Hotels

Kingsclere, Hampshire.

Watership Down

(3.9 miles, 6.3 km, direction E)

Watership Down is a famous novel by British author Richard Adams. It is also a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the.....

Information | Pictures (6) | Hotels

Walbury Hill, near Inkpen, Berkshire

Walbury Hill

(4.8 miles, 7.7 km, direction NW)

The highest point in the South East England..

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels

Donnington Castle

Donnington 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.....

Information | Pictures (13) | Hotels

A picture of Crofton Beam Engines

Crofton Beam Engines

(11.3 miles, 18.2 km, direction W)

..

Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels


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 in Highclere, Hampshire, England4 stars

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

Pine View in Enborne, Berkshire, England

Pine View

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 in Newbury, Berkshire, England4 stars

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 in Newbury, Berkshire, England4 stars

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..

Butterfield House in Newbury, Berkshire, England

Butterfield House

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



England facts

Member created tours


Sunderland Stadium of Light
Football Crazy
by cathyml

Pier on Ulswater
Dreamy
by cathyml

Circular walk from Shillingstone to Hanford.
A circular walk from Shillingstone to Hanford
by Graham Rains

Sponsored Links