Highclere Castle

Discover true Downton life at the beautiful Highclere Castle

Widely agreed to be one of the most stunning Victorian castles in the country, a visit to the breathtaking Highclere Castle is a must for history buffs and Downton Abbey fans alike. Home to the Carnarvon family since 1679, take time to wander the beautiful 1,000 acre grounds and state rooms and discover the fascinating Egyptian artifacts from the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s collection, who famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Just 19 minutes away.

Make sure to check when the castle is open on the Highclere Castle website before you visit as it is often closed for filming.

A Majestic Portal to Timeless Elegance

Slow things down and leave the daily grind behind you with a stay in one of our cosy rooms. 

Whether you’re catching up with friends in our cosy bar, enjoying a delicious Sunday roast, or relaxing in our beer garden – The Crab & Boar is a stunning rural retreat for all occasions. The pub is ideally located for some local exploration.

Directions to the Crab & Boar from Highclere Castle

The Crab & Boar is approximately 18 minutes from Highclere Castle

Turn left at White Hill and proceed for 1 mile

Turn left onto Winchester Road

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B4640

At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A34 slip road to The Midlands/M4/Oxford for half a mile

Merge onto A34 and continue for 4.5 miles

At the Bath Road Junction,  use the left lane to follow signs for A4 towards Hungerford/Newbury

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bath Rd/A4

At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Bath Road/A4

Turn left onto Station Road

Turn right onto Grove Road and continue for half a mile

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oxford Road/B4494

At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Wantage Road/B4494. Continue for approximately 3 miles and the pub will be on the right.