How To Visit Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) From London Independently By Public Transport
Author: Bob Handford
Location Of Highclere Castle, Ticketing and Opening Times
Highclere Castle is situated about 45 miles (72 kms) west of Central London. The nearest large town of any consequence is called Newbury.
Newbury has a good direct hourly train service from London\’s Paddington Station .
Highclere Castle is around 5 miles (8kms) south of Newbury. There is a very limited local bus service (around 4 or 5 buses a day) between Newbury and the village of Highclere. In practise most people will want to take a taxi from Newbury Station taxi rank.
Highclere Castle is only open for between 60 and 70 days each year. Two weeks over Easter, for each of the May Bank holidays, and for two months (Sunday to Thursday) over the summer months, June to September.
When you purchase your ticket you will need to select an A.M. or P.M admission time. The Castle will open its doors at 10:30am , afternoon admission to the Castle will begins at 1:00pm.
To ensure you get a ticket go to the official on-line web site (link below) as soon as you can to avoid dissapointment.
Public Transport Between London and Highclear With Indicative Times and Fares
London to Newbury by Train – Adult Day Return 23.40 GBP
The transport of choice between London and Newbury is train. Broadly hourly direct trains take around 50 minutes from London\’s Paddington Station.
An off-peak day return in 2014 is 23.40 GBP. If you travel before 9 a.m. Monday to Friday the fare goes up to 52.00 GBP.
You do not need to reserve tickets in advance, there are no seat reservations.
(Links to rail timetables and fares below)
Newbury to Highclere Castle by Local Taxi – Around 15 GBP each way
Outside Newbury Station there is a taxi rank. Taxi cabs are regulated by the local authority and the current rate at the time of writing is 15 GBP for the 10-15 minute journey to Highclere Castle.
There is a local bus service, Stagecoach service 7 to Highclere Village Monday to Friday only. I would not recommend it, the bus station is a walk from the train station and the castle is some way from Highclere Village. Buses only run 5 times a day. The only current schedules suitable from Newbury leave at 09:45 amd 11:45
Links To Highclere And Train Service Timetables
Tours to Highclere From London Plus Downton Abbey Themed Tours In The Area
Highclere tickets available to tour operators are very rare and may well be the reason why you are looking at this page to see if you can visit independently.
There are some tours in 2014, but you will be very lucky for the available dates to match your stay in London.
If you are an ardent Downton Abbey fan you may well enjoy the tours linked below that will take you to all the other film locations in the area that have featured in the TV series.
2 Day Downton, Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath Tour – £239 (includes overnight hotel)alert-success
Questions About Visiting Highclere Castle
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From Newbury it is quite easy to get to Windsor Castle or Oxford by train if you really want a busy day.
If you want a driver and/or guide I can deal with that too.