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Christmas at Highclere Castle

Bowling Green Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3RP, United Kingdom
from £219 per person
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Exclusive offer | Attend the highly acclaimed event at Highclere Castle for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Marvel at beautiful decorations, wander through the glistening festive market and watch this magical realm be transformed into a Christmas wonderland!

Limited time offer | 3rd December 2019

34376-small-tree-icon-15.pngYour great little break includes:

  • Two nights' bed and full English breakfast at the Regency Park Hotel, in an Executive Double Room
  • Dinner allocation of £25 per person on your first night (food only)
  • A late check out of 12pm on the day of your departure (worth £20)
  • Two tickets to the Castle Tour and Shopping for Gifts' event at Highclere Castle | Wednesday 4th December (worth £30pp)
  • Tickets include entry to the Shopping Marquee (State Lawn), the Castle State Rooms and the Gallery Bedrooms
  • A copy of At Home at Highclere - Entertaining at The Real Downton Abbey (worth £30)
  • A copy of Christmas at Highclere: Recipes and Traditions from The Real Downton Abbey (worth £30)
  • Afternoon Tea at Regency Park Hotel on the day of arrival (worth £14.95pp)

34376-small-tree-icon-15.pngAt a glance

  • Go behind the scenes of 'the real Downton Abbey' and be transported into a winter wonderland. Take this limited opportunity to roam amongst the glistening decorations and spectacular statement Christmas tree. Fill up your bags with festive treats, crafts and artisan delicacies as you weave through the hand-picked market-stalls for those last minute Christmas gifts
  • What better time to explore the history-filled regal State Rooms, and antique-packed Gallery bedrooms than during the festivities? If you wish to explore the Egyptian Exhibition, upon entrance there is a suggested £5 donation towards the Thames Valley Air Ambulance
  • Join in with the festivities as the Castle's Choir sing Christmas carols throughout the day underneath the Christmas Tree in the Saloon

Good to know

  • Your admission tickets are sent directly to the hotel for collection upon arrival. Please ensure you take copies of all of your confirmations with you
  • Please note this break cannot be cancelled or amended and therefore the Flexibility Payment option is not applicable to this break. This is due to attraction tickets being issued by a third party supplier
  • Highclere Castle is 20 minutes' driving distance from the hotel. For further information about your day at Highclere Castle, please click here

Time slots & further information

  • Entrance to the Castle: your allocated time slot is the afternoon admission between 12pm - 2:30pm (last entry is at 2:30pm). The Grounds will close at 4.30pm
  • Your ticket includes entry to the Castle State Rooms, Gallery Bedrooms, and Shopping Marquee situated on the Castle Lawns
  • In aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance and St Michaels & All Angels Church
  • Parking at Highclere Castle is Free. It is recommended that you allow plenty of time for parking
The Regency Park Hotel contrasts chic and contemporary interiors with quality and comfort; Metropolitan styling in the heart of rural Berkshire. Renowned for offering outstanding customer service, the Regency Park Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing weekend break.

All bedrooms are spacious with contemporary decor, bedrooms offer balconies or patio areas which can be enjoyed in warmer months.

Executive Double Rooms all have complimentary high speed broadband access, complimentary newspaper of your choice, mineral water, freshly baked cookies, fresh milk, fluffy bathrobe, and luxury toiletries. Available at a supplement.

The onsite Watermark Restaurant overlooks a waterfall garden, producing fresh and modern dishes. The kitchen team source the finest ingredients to ensure that the seasonal menus are packed full of good quality, local produce.

The revive Health Club & Spa boasts first class leisure facilities including air conditioned fitness suite with the latest Technogym equipment. The revive Health Club also feature 17 metre indoor pool, sauna, steam room & spa bath. For complete relaxation, guests can visit the Spa at revive, offering 4 treatment rooms, a nail bar with the latest nail technology & extensive beauty treatment menu.

Further Information


Check-In: 14:00                                                     
Check-Out: 11:00
Breakfast served: 06:30-09:00 Monday - Friday 
Breakfast served: 08:00-10:00 Saturday - Sunday 

Bar Open: 11:00-23:00 Monday - Sunday 

Dinner served: 18:00-21:00 Monday - Sunday

Free WiFi 
Free Car parking 
Disabled access 

Health Club Opening Times:

Monday to Friday: 6:30am - 10pm (Last entry 9:15pm)
Weekends nd Bank Holidays: 8am - 8pm (Last Entry 7:15pm)

Spa Treatment Opening Times
09:00 – 18:00 Saturday – Wednesday 09:00 – 19:00 Thursday & Friday
Family Swim Times
09:00 - 12:00 & 15:00 - 18:00 Monday – Sunday

Highclere Castle 
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The Living Rain Forest
Donnington Castle
Basildon Park House
Kennet & Avon Canal
Kennet Horse Drawn Barges
Watermill Theatre
Busklebury Farm Park


By Road
Centrally located between Newbury and Reading. From the M4 via Junction 12, take the A4 exit towards Theale. From the west, leave the M4 

By Rail
Nearest Station - Thatcham Train Station - 3 miles

By Air
Nearest Airport - Southhampton Airport - 32.4 miles

  • Bar
  • Sauna
  • Solarium
  • Gym/Weights Room
  • Swimming Pool (indoor)
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • TV
  • Room Service (not 24 hour)
  • TV (Satellite)
  • Hairdryer
  • Trouser Press
  • Lift
  • Spa
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Cot
  • High Chair
  • Mini Bar
  • Four Poster Rooms
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Iron / Ironing Board
Customer Reviews
Overall Rating 4.57142857142857
based on 10 reviews.
Customer Rating: Mr Beattie, Coventry

Customer Rating: Mr Beattie, Coventry

Customer Rating: Mr Beattie, Coventry

Customer Rating: Mr Smith, Saltash

Customer Rating: Mrs Lucas, Hitchin This was a wonderful break for my husband and I. Great hotel, good food, very clean, good service and very friendly staff. The trip to Highclere was fantastic well worth it and the books are great. Only disappointment was the Afternoon Tea it wasnt up to standard of the restaurant food or breakfast. Would definitely stay there again.

Customer Rating: Ms hardwick, Llangadog As above lovely short break, would certainly go again.

Customer Rating: Mrs leddy, Bedworth The staff in the restaurant were excellent and very polite. The only thing would be the gin/tonic to be served in a proper gin glass! Leisure facilities were excellent. Manager of hotel very friendly and a credit to this hotel.

Customer Rating: Mrs Davies, Lincolnshire Overall the hotel and package was very good however having booked in at 1.40 pm we was asked what time we would like our afternoon tea we said 2pm. We waited until 2.30pm and no afternoon tea arrived, I went back to reception and informed the girl she assured me that the booking had gone through after waiting another 10 minute my husband accosted a staff member about the lack of service we eventually received cream teas 50 minutes late which was not afternoon tea as paid for. We have been in touch since we got home and the hotel are going to refund £30 to great little breaks to forward on to us so we look forward to you contacting us.

Customer Rating: Mr NUTLEY, Lancing There was a few issues in the restaurant on the 2nd night, they took to long to bring out our food, other people had problems too apart from that it was a lovely stay

Customer Rating: Mr Smith, Wolverhampton We had a lovely room which was far better than we expected (Room 208) The food at the accommodation was generally good apart from the smoked salmon being 'off' at the afternoon tea. The restaurant at dinner was chaotic with lots of unhappy customers waiting a long time for their food. The hotel generally needed a refurbishment and was quite dated and dirty in parts but we felt the breaks was excellent value for money and we enjoyed the weekend away.

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