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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

On A Day Out At Highclere Castle

Isn't this grey and rainy weather horrid? On Sunday my friend Lucy and I went to visit Highclere Castle (aka the Downton Abbey castle) and the weather was absolutely beautiful - a stark contrast to how it is today. This kind of weather always seems to make me sleepy and irritable, so it's lucky I'm off to Italy tomorrow for a few days, and here's hoping the sun will put his hat back on in the UK very soon too!

Lucy was the one who got me watching and loving Downton Abbey a few years ago, before which I'd dismissed it as a show for grannies and the like! But as soon as Luce sat me down and made me watch it I was hooked. It's such a great show and so very English with a few scandalous storylines thrown in for good measure - what's not to love?! So, knowing how much Lucy loves Downton, my friends and I bought her two summer tickets to visit Highclere Castle (where lots of it is filmed) for her birthday in December. Having felt like months since we got the tickets, we couldn't entirely believe that we were actually going this past weekend!

The castle really is as stunning as it looks on tv in real life. Once we'd made our way into the grounds we sat ourselves down on the grass and began to make our way through the most perfect picnic I've ever had. It featured ham and cheese rolls, crisps, strawberries, fresh lemonade, triple chocolate mousses; it was all so delicious! Life really doesn't get much better than sitting on the grass in the sun with such stunning views and my best friend.

Once we'd decided we couldn't possibly eat anymore (for the time being!), we made our way into the castle itself and had a look round. Sadly you aren't allowed to take any photos inside the castle, but it was so fun to explore and see where so many iconic Downton scenes are filmed.

Having seen every inch on show of the inside of the castle, we had a look around the gift shop before returning to the lovely castle gardens to resume eating more of our picnic and chatting about everything. It's funny to think how long me and Luce have known each other now and I'm so grateful to have her in my life. I know I say this a lot but I really am so lucky to have friends like this, ones you can tell anything to, who are always there to laugh with you and listen when you need them. Moving house two years ago has really shown me what a strong friendship is; one where, no matter that you don't see each other every day, when you do see each other you just pick up where you left off, straight into giggles and catching up about everything.

Sunday was a really wonderful day out and I'd recommend visiting Highclere Castle to any Downton Abbey fans. Although I would suggest not going on a Sunday as we did if you're not driving because the only way to get up to the castle from the station on Sundays is by taxi which are extortionately priced!

I hope you're all having a lovely summer xo


  1. Aw, friendships like that are seriously the best! I'm glad you had a nice time with your friend :)

    The castle is beautiful, and I'm sure it's just as nice on the inside. You certainly found a nice day for the visit, I always find those styles of castles look nicest in the sun. The really old stone ones look fine in the sun and rain, but for more modern ones you can't beat a nice, sunny day!


    1. Thank you! And I completely agree - the sun really made the day extra special! xo


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