Downton Abbey at Christmas plus Two Course Festive Lunch (09-Dec 18)

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Downton Abbey at Christmas plus Two Course Festive Lunch (09-Dec 18)

75.00

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon open their wonderful home to you for this special one day event during the festive season. Highclere Castle (also known as the real Downton Abbey) displays prized antiques, beautiful furniture and paintings, with guides in most of the rooms to answer questions.

Your visit is followed by a 2 course Christmas lunch at the nearby Carnarvon Arms.

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The price of this trip includes

  • Coach travel to and from Highclere Castle;

  • Entrance to the House, Gardens and Egyptian Exhibition;

  • Coach travel to and from The Carnarvon Arms;

  • Two-course Christmas lunch at The Carnarvon Arms in Highclere;

  • The services of our friendly courier throughout your day trip.

Songs for Peace In aid of Médecins Sans Frontières

This special one-day event with Tours of the Castle and Exhibition is in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders).

Lord and Lady Carnarvon ask everyone to gather in the Courtyard behind the Castle at 11:00am come rain or shine, to stand with them to sing together during a short Service. Afterwards, you will be able to tour the Castle and the Egyptian Exhibition.

Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland.

The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years.

Egyptian Exhibition

The Castle was the seat, 100 years ago, of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who famously discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in 1922 with his archaeological colleague, Howard Carter. Today, the 8th Earl and Countess have opened a new Egyptian Exhibition throughout the cellars of the Castle to celebrate the 5th Earl’s achievements.

Itinerary

  • 10:30 arrive at Highclere Castle;

  • 13:30 depart Highclere Castle by coach to The Carnarvon Arms;

  • 13:45 arrive for lunch at The Carnarvon Arms;

  • 16:00 depart The Carnarvon Arms for your return journey;

  • Return to coach pickup points between 17:00 – 18:00.

Coach Joining Points and Pickup Times (PURPLE route)

  • 08:20 Farnborough - Main Railway Station

  • 08:35 Fleet - Bus Stop outside Chutneys on Reading Road South

  • 08:50 Aldershot - Princes Hall

  • 09:00 Farnham - Bus Stop outside the site of the former Marlborough Head Public House on East Street

  • 09:10 Bentley - Bus Stop on junction with Station Road and High Street

  • 09:20 Alton - Bus Stop adjacent with Swan Hotel on High Street

  • 09:30 Four Marks - Tesco Bus Stop on Winchester Road.


The Carnarvon Arms Two Course Christmas Lunch Menu

You will be required to choose a main course/s and dessert/s from the following options when you book your day out.