Itinerary: late July weekend in north Hampshire & vicinity: dukes and film sets

Remember here from Downton Abbey?

I was trying to get to Cliveden to see the new maze.  Instead, I got distracted and found Stratfield Saye, a house with limited opening and which seemed too tempting to overlook.

Travelling further west we were lured by Highclere. So this itinerary now fits into a weekend, perfect for late July.

Word of warning: do check Stratfield Saye is open before setting off!

Day 1

Depart Central London 0845

Stratfield Saye House (Hampshire)

  • 1 hour 30 mins away
  • Hampshire, RG7 2BT: one mile west of the A33 half way between Reading and Basingstoke. Junction 11 of the M4 and junction 6 of the M3
  • Restricted opening: 2011 – Easter and 14 July–8 August inclusive
  • Weekends: gates open 10.30am – we took 1050 tour; last admission 3.30pm.  Grounds Close 5pm
  • Access to Stratfield Saye House is by guided tour only: free with HHA cards
  • Home to the Dukes of Wellington
  • There’s also a farm shop and Wellington Park nearby
  • Depart 1300

Highclere Castle (Hampshire)

  • 45 mins from Stratfield Saye (arrive 1400) – RG20 9RN
  • entrance to house (not Egyptian exhibition) free with HHA cards (otherwise £9)
  • restricted opening – 2011: Easter, July, August & few dates Oct/Dec.  Check website.  11am-4.30pm (last entrance 3.30pm), Sun-Thurs
  • home to Lord Carnarvon and location for Downton Abbey

Day 2

Basildon Park (Berkshire)

Cliveden (Bucks)

45 mins from Basildon Park

  • Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA
  • designed by Sir Charles Barry, who also remodeled Highclere
  • home to Waldorf and Nancy Astor. Today a hotel with house (part) tours: 3-5.30pm
  • National Trust
  • 1 hr 15 mins back to Central London
    I made it to the centre of Cliveden’s maze (and then struggled to find my way out)…

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