Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Trip to Downton - oops I mean Highclere.

Whenever my husband and I go to London we always work in a few day trips or little overnight trips into the country. We are both really big Downton Abbey fans so we though this time we should go to Highclere. To get there from London you take the train from Paddington Station to Newbury. It's about a 45 minute ride.

Sometimes, when you venture out to see estates, the nearby towns can be picturesque but a little boring. Newbury was actually quite busy, while still being very cute. We walked the town, had lunch and then took a taxi to Highclere, which is about six miles away. Aside from the tour of the house, which isn't guided so you can go at you own pace, there's also an Egyptian exhibit in the basement. Highclere is the seat of the Earl of Carnarvon. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun's tomb with Howard Carter.

There's also a cafe and a gift shop :)

So on to the pictures!

There were three very old churches on
Newbury's main street. Very pretty.

The Kennet and Avon Canal
goes through the town.

Had to stop here for a browse :)

Four types of sausages made by the
local butcher. The red one in the back
corner is bloody mary flavored!

PS, Harry Potter fans, the pub was
called the Hogshead :)

This is the back view of the house.

Ooo look, I live here :)
In the gift shop - how cute are these!?

The front entrance. This is as far as I go with the camera.
Boo they don't allow pictures :(

Had to prove I was there - though
I'm itty itty bitty in the picture.

1 comment:

  1. OH! This was wonderful! I like going on tour with you. Newbury does look charming, and the drizzly English atmosphere adds something, too, doesn't it?!
    I like the "Caroline" room as well! Always thought that name has a regal aire!