Meet Alan Titchmarsh at Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Join us for a special day with Alan Titchmarsh at Highclere Castle - the real 'Downton Abbey' near Newbury, home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

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Thursday 29 September, 2022
Tickets £175pp (subscriber price)
£185pp (reader price) - SOLD OUT

Upon arrival enjoy a coffee and a welcome from the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine team before The Countess of Carnarvon introduces the story of her family home. She will then join Alan Titchmarsh in conversation on gardening through the seasons and his connection to Highclere Castle gardens.

There will then be plenty of time for a Q&A session before exploring the magnificent home.

On your guided tour, experience the Castle’s State Rooms, bedrooms and vistas made famous for being the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, fictitious home of the Earl of Grantham (played by Hugh Bonneville) in the ITV drama, before enjoying a light lunch with the group.

In the afternoon, explore the fascinating Egyptian Exhibition in the Castle cellars, telling the story of the Tomb of Tutankhamun – discovered in 1922 by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and famous archaeologist Howard Carter – before exploring the beautiful gardens, borders and arboretum.

Lady Carnarvon is fond of quoting Cicero who believed that: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”.

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Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh
Lord and Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle
Lord and Lady Carnarvon
Lord and Lady Carnarvon
Lavender border at Highclere Castle gardens
Lavender border at Highclere Castle gardens
Lady Carnarvon in Highclere Castle gardens
Lady Carnarvon in Highclere Castle gardens

Your itinerary:

  • 10am Refreshments on arrival at Highclere Castle
  • 10.45am Welcome from The Countess of Carnarvon, followed by a talk and Q&A with Alan Titchmarsh
  • 11.45am Guided tour of Highclere Castle State Rooms
  • 12.45pm Guided tour of the Egyptian Exhibition
  • 1.15pm Light lunch
  • 2.30pm Stroll through the gardens and grounds, where the Head Gardener will be on hand to answer questions
  • 4.00pm All guests leave with a free goody bag, including the latest publication by The Countess of Carnarvon, Seasons at Highclere
Highclere Castle dining room
Highclere Castle dining room
Highclere Castle dining room
Highclere Castle dining room
Highclere Castle library
Highclere Castle library

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