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Brief description of site

The late-18th-century landscape park incorporates some elements of the late-17th and early-18th-century rococo garden. The site has 13 hectares of informal pleasure grounds and 417 hectares of parkland, pasture, and woodland.

Brief history of site

The site was originally a medieval deer park, with a bishop's palace from the 13th century, over which rococo pleasure grounds and a landscape park were created. The main features date from the early to mid-18th century. The layout was enlarged and re-modelled in the 1770s by the 1st Lord Carnarvon, incorporating some features of Capability Brown's design. The grounds were altered in the 19th century.

Location information:

Address: Highclere Park, RG20 9RN

Locality: Newbury

Local Authorities:

Hampshire; Basingstoke and Deane; Highclere

Historical County: Hampshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 174 Grid Ref: SU445588
Latitude: 51.3266 Longitude: -1.36273

Directions:

Follow the A34 Newbury bypass, then exit at the Tothill Services junction. Follow the tourist signs to Highclere. Please see:
http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/visiting-us/planning-your-visit.html

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The castle and grounds have various seasonal opening times. Please see:
http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/visiting-us/opening-times.html

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Site first created: After 1100

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 430

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