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Highclere Castle visit

October 13, 2011

Home of the Downton Abbey ITV series and other films. Also, we’d seen an interview with Lady Canarvon on ‘Flog it’ about the new Egyptian Antiquities exhibition at her home – the Castle. I imagine most of you will have some knowledge of how the fifth Lord Canarvon and Howard Carter found the tomb of the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922. Sue and I had already seen most of the tomb’s contents in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo but not everything unearthed by these pioneering archaeologists stayed in Egypt. many items came home with them. So we decided to visit. See here for details.

And what a lovely day out it was! I had no work today and I’d discovered the Castle was open today and tomorrow. I got the Sat Nav to take us the shortest route, along some twisty country lanes, which made a change from the more usual motorway and main roads outings. We arrived just before opening time but after nearly 100 other cars (estimate) and at least one coach. We weren’t the only ones who had decided it would make a nice day out. Still the queues weren’t as bad as we feared.

We visited the Antiquities section first, then had a bite to eat and a glass of wine at a table on the lawn. After a wander around the lovely gardens we queued and entered the House itself for a slow, but fascinating, tour of most of the rooms and public areas. Hundreds of years of furniture, tapestries, paintings and all manner of, as Carter said, “wonderful things”.

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