The great house - so obviously designed by the same architect who constructed the Houses of Parliament (Augustus Pugin) - is, of course, not a genuine Castle, nor does it even pretend to be so. What it is though is a magnificent mansion with a fascinating modern history.
Highclere Castle, you see, was the home of Lord Caernarvon - the man who financed Howard Carter's expedition to find the lost Tomb of Tutankhamen. Great mystery always surrounds the so-called 'curse', but Carter died of blood poisoning and Caernarvon himself died here in Highclere some years later at a grand old age.
Highclere's main draw - aside from the superb gardens - is the collection of Egyptian artefacts collected by Caernarvon during his lifetime.
The Castle is open during the summer months, but the times are erratic - check before setting out!
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