I have the good fortune to have tickets to Highclere Castle in June. We are doing the afternoon Mid-Summer Special Guided Tours.
From the ticket confirmation: For Afternoon Visitors, your arrival time will be 1:30pm and with a departure of 4:30pm. Please note that the gates to the Castle and Grounds will open no more than 30 minutes prior to your ticket time and that the Grounds close promptly at 5.30pm.
Before I book my train tickets I have a couple questions.
1. How far in advance should I book our train tickets (Tour is June 19). We are staying in London (Southbank area), I plan on leaving from Paddington Station (unless otherwise suggested).
2. Should I plan a meal in Newbury on either end of the train ride? If so where? I was thinking of picking up sandwiches to eat on the train for lunch. Light refreshments are served at the end of the tour, but we might need something more before heading back.
3. How much time should I plan for travel to and from the train station to the castle?
Thank you all in advance :)