The Movie: Downton Abbey
The Location: Highclere Castle
Since the Crawley family and their staff first opened the doors to Downton Abbey in 2010 we fell in love with the grand country home as much as we did for the characters and storylines.
With the release of the new movie, once again Downton Abbey is making us swoon. The iconic house which has contained drama and many secrets over the years is undoubtedly the star location of the new movie but there are also many other locations where you might be able to live out your dreams of being Lord or Lady of the Manor.
The picturesque star of the movie, and of the past television series, Highclere Castle near the Hampshire/Berkshire border doubles up as the famous setting for Downton Abbey. The home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the stunning period property and 5,000-acre estate features Jacobean Revival architecture from Sir Charles Barry which dates back to the 1820s. In addition to the country house are its pristine grounds, landscaped by renowned gardener Capability Brown in 1770, and designated a Sight of Special Scientific Interest since 1991.
Real Lives and Film Sets – Special guided tours
Once the film is released, fans of Downton Abbey will be able to set foot in many of the locations were the scenes were shot as part of exclusive special guided tours. Real Lives and Film Sets will enable visitors to explore the beauty of the State Rooms, climb the Great Oak Staircase and be immersed by the extensive Egyptian Exhibition – which details the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by the fifth Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter – while discovering more about the rich and varied history of the site. Tours also include a seasonal buffet at the estate’s Coach House Tea Rooms.When?
Tours on selected dates in September (14, 17, 20, 25, 28, 29) and October (16, 17, 23, 24) with morning sessions starting at 10.30am and afternoon sessions starting at 2.30pm for entry to the Castle. www.highclerecastle.co.uk
Beamish Open Air Museum
Used as a backdrop for the upcoming Downton Abbey film, the renowned Beamish open air museum in County Durham explores life in North East England in the 19th and 20th centuries. The 1900s Town allows visitors to discover how families lived and worked in the build-up to the First World War, supported by highly engaging and thought-provoking Pit Village and Colliery experiences. A recreated tramway, a 1940s farm, an Edwardian style railway station and 1820s Pockerley are among the other star attractions.When?
Open daily from 10am to 5pm until 3 November 2019, with reduced opening hours of 10am to 4pm during the winter. Beamish is closed on selected days during the winter. www.beamish.org.uk
The charming Cotswolds village of Bampton, doubles as Downton Village. Meant to be set in Yorkshire, this hamlet is actually 20 miles west of Oxford. Wander through cobbled lanes, past the Crawley House, Downton Cottage Hospital, the Post Office and St. Mary’s Church It won’t take you long to tour the village, so venture out into the surrounding countryside for some lovely bracing walks, or press on to Woodstock which is just 17 miles down the road. If you fancy staying the night then head to The Vineyard at Stockcross, a luxury five star hotel in Berkshire rumoured to be Maggie Smith’s abode of choice during filming.When?
This is a real village so visit any time