No trip to Windsor could possibly be complete without a visit to amazing Windsor Castle, the family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.
The size of the Castle (5.3 hectares/13 acres) is breathtaking, in fact it is the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world and it’s where Her Majesty The Queen chooses to spend most of her private weekends.. You might even time your visit when she is in residence! Look at the flag flying from the Castle’s Round Tower; if it’s the Royal Standard The Queen will be there too.
Windsor Castle offers something for everyone, and with so many areas to explore you can allow at least 2.5 to 3 hours to see it all.
My #venusgong is on fire. Just finished an hour of remote gonging with friends and other gong players around the world in honour of #worldpeaceday . My first group gong session, alone! Thank you Alexis for organising it. I felt the night breeze on my back, heard the leaves rustle on branches as I played with the cabin doors open at the end of our garden. Sending out love and peace to all of you.
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Who is your favourite Downton Abbey character? Would have to be Mrs Patmore for me as she bakes the most scrumptious cakes 🍰 Let’s head to Hampshire and the lovely Highclere Castle, which is better known these days as Downton Abbey. Photo via @highclere_castle
The popular show (and now movie) is filmed here and when I visited the Christmas fare, I loved how “lived in" the castle felt. A real home. Well, a home on 1,000 acres of sprawling countryside and boasting 300 rooms!
Although I know for a fact had I been living in Downton around 1912, I would be down in the the kitchen, not upstairs. I'm not posh enough you see. I’m too northern! Still, would be be fun to assist in the kitchen... washing the pots... Perhaps slancing a slice of cake now and again 😋
One of my favourite parts of the visit was visiting the Egyptian exhibition. They’ve done a cracking job recreating many of the treasures you see at the Cairo Museum. Many years before the Downton Abbey connection, the castle already had an incredible place in history. Earl George Herbert, the fantastically wealthy 5th Earl of Carnarvon, got permission in 1914 to dig in Valley of the Kings in Egypt. He, along with Howard Carter, were convinced there were still royal tombs that remained undiscovered.
After many years of finding small interesting treasures (many of which are in the first room of the exhibit) but not the big prize they were seeking, he was ready to pack up and return home having spent a vast amount of money. Thankfully Carter persuaded him to fund one more season. And then in 1922, he and Howard Carter together found the tomb of the most famous pharaoh of them all, Tutankhamun. Untouched and glistening priceless gold objects and treasures never before seen. A fully in-tact tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh!
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“We’ve been expecting you…”
I became a Lord for the day and visited the one and only Downton Abbey. @highclere_castle stands in for the grand escapism of the wonderful 1900s set television drama. For 5 years - 2010 to 2015 - I remember watching the series every Sunday night and now I’m standing in the place where the cameras rolled and the history books unfolded. I’ve recently re-watched many of the episodes and it made me remember what made this show so beloved; its characters, its costumes, its period. So much life in one house! It was a pleasure to visit this grand estate and it was every bit as aesthetically pleasing as you’d expect. PS. It also looks identical to the screen, inside and out!
There are annual tours that take place here which allow you to soak in the scenery, certainly something for the fans! This past weekend was extra special as it was the week before the release of the film. Vintage cocktails and costumes a plenty; it was like stepping through the silver screen with the likes of @bonhughbon visiting as well. While filming, the entire estate was closed to the public, it was only since 2015/16 that people have been allowed to visit. The entirety of the ‘downstairs’ scenes, as well as some of the bedrooms etc, were shot on set but mostly everything else was shot on location here and around Oxford. Thank you to Highclere Castle for your hospitality in this little adventure, I already want to come back and experience it all over again! 📚
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