Visit Highclere Castle and Bath Christmas Market
From a morning pickup in your local area we travel by coach to the picturesque city of Bath and its Christmas Market. Packed with high quality Christmas gifts, homewares, food and drink, jewellery and more, this market focuses on supporting local traders. Take the chance to start your Christmas shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere and the variety of offerings including finding a bite to eat for dinner. We then continue to our hotel for our overnight stay.
After breakfast, we check out and head to the world-famous Highclere Castle, residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much-loved Downton Abbey television series and brand-new 2019 film. Many of the rooms and vistas will be familiar to viewers of the series – both the Drawing Room and Dining Room forming the backdrop to the dryly withering put-downs delivered by Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Countess to some poor unfortunate relation. The Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the castle explores the achievements of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 while outside are distinctive gardens and spectacular parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. The castle also has a gift shop and tea room. We depart for home in the afternoon.