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DateVisit
12 April 2018HIGHCLERE CASTLE, GARDENS AND EXHIBITION. BOOKING FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2018 - see details below
02 May 2018ARUNDEL CASTLE BOOKING MARCH AND APRIL 2018 - see details below
06 June 2018LONDON WALK WITH ANDREW DAVIES - KINGS CROSS AND ST PANCRAS. BOOKING APRIL AND MAY 2018 - see details below
02 July 2018OSBORNE HOUSE: ISLE OF WIGHT. 2 JULY 2018. BOOKING MAY AND JUNE 2018 - see details below.

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HIGHCLERE CASTLE, GARDENS AND EXHIBITION.
BOOKING FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2018 - see details below

Thursday 12 April 2018

Highclere is an area that is believed to have been inhabited since prehistoric times and the Castle itself stands on the site of an earlier house, that in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester, who owned this estate from the C8th.  After the Reformation, Highclere passed to the Fitzwilliam, Kingsmill and Lucy families and purchased by Sir Robert Sawyer (Attorney General to Charles II and James II).  He bequeathed the house and estate to this daughter in 1692 and her marriage to the 8th Earl of Pembroke brought Highclere to the Herbert family, ancestors of the Earls of Carnarvan.

The 5th Earl of Carnarvon participated in funded excavations in Egypt from 1907 until his death in 1923 and the Exhibition recalls the discoverey in 1922 of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Highclere has history, the Egyptian Museum, wonderful gardens and, of course, Downton Abbey!