The Palaces, Castles and Cottages Where You Can See Downton Abbey Filming Locations

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The Palaces, Castles and Cottages Where You Can See Downton Abbey Filming Locations

Live out your Downton Abbey fantasies with a tour of many of the filming locations of this acclaimed PBS series (and ensuing feature film). The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning show filmed its period drama depicting the Crawleys and their estate employees at many locations through England (and one in Scotland). Tour them or see the exteriors at these palaces, castles and cottages where you can see Downton Abbey filming locations.

Highclere Castle, Berkshire

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An easy day trip outside London in the Berkshire countryside, the Gothic-style Highclere Castle plays the starring role of Downton Abbey in the popular series. Drive out to the Hampshire countryside and see the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon – the family has lived here since 1679 – and the famous exterior. Most of the interior upstairs scenes where filmed here. Highclere Castle is open two weeks over Easter, each May Bank holiday, two months, Sunday to Thursday, over the summer and a few days in early December. When the castle is open, there may be opportunities for a guided tour, tea and scones in the Coach House Tea Room and more.

 

Byfleet Manor, Surrey

Everyone loves the witty Dowager Countess of Grantham. Visit the Crawley family matriarch’s “home” at Byfleet Manor in a hilly countryside southwest of London. The “Dower House” actually dates back to the 1600s and features 8 bedrooms (some of which can be reserved for overnight stays). You may also reserve a private afternoon tea in the room where Downton Abbey scenes were filmed.

Bampton, Oxfordshire

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See the village where Anna and Daisy ran errands when you visit Bampton in Oxfordshire (about two hours from London). The quaint village serves as the fictional Downton village. Mary and Matthew’s wedding was filmed at St. Mary’s Church and hospital scenes with Dr. Clarkson were filmed at the old Grammar School Building. Bampton is open all the time, so you can reenact your favorite scenes on a whim.

 

West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire

This 18th-century Italianate villa has been the home of the Dashwood family for more than 300 years. It also served as the interior setting for Aunt Rosamund’s London home at 35 Belgrade Square. You can visit the 45-acres parklands and estate from April to August. While you’re there, explore historical West Wycombe Village, lined with 16th-century cottages and inns and a delightful array of village pubs and gift shops.

 

Cogges Manor Farm, Oxfordshire

The Yew Tree Farm scenes were filmed at the Cogges Manor Farm, now a heritage center. The 14th-century farm is where the Lady Edith baby scandal takes place in season five. Visit from Tuesday to Sunday. You may have the chance to feed and pet the farm’s goats and sheep.

Inveraray Castle, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

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The Granthams’ cousins – Lord and Lady Flincher – “lived” in Inveraray Castle on the west coast of Scotland. Actually the home of the Duke of Argyll, the stately structure is fictionally named Duneagle Castle in the series. The castle is open April through October.

 

Lancaster House, St. James’s London

True Downtown Abbey fans will recognize Lancaster House’s interiors as those used to depict the glamorous rooms of Buckingham Palace – where Lady Rose had her debutante presentation. You may view the neo-classical exterior, near Westminster’s Green Park, at any time. The interior is open for events. Fans who remember every detail can head to the nearby Albert Memorial where Cora Crawley’s brother takes Madeleine Allsopp for a picnic.

Basildon Park, Berkshire

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Rose and Atticus were married in the Grantham family home in London, which is actually Basildon Park in Berkshire. This is also the setting for Lady Rose’s coming-out ball. Visit daily. There is a Downton Abbey tour every day at 11:30 AM.

 

Bridgewater House

The exteriors of the Grantham’s London house were portrayed by the Bridgewater House façade, which is near Buckingham Palace and Green Park. It’s a private home not open for tours, but you can snap a photo, then take a stroll through London’s nearby Royal Parks.

 

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

When Lord Sinderby’s holiday shooting party was filmed, it was here at Alnwick Castle, which was transformed into Brancaster Castle. Check out the Downton Abbey exhibit with photos, costumes and props from that particular episode. The Alnwick Castle, in northern England, is open daily. Highlights include the elegant State Rooms, the castle ramparts and the Hulne Abbey within the parklands.

 

Syon Park

The 200-acre Syon Park played a role in season four for an important scene starring Lady Mary and Lord Gillingham. Before visiting, check to see if the 1820s, glass-domed Great Conservatory is open.

 

Harewood House

There are just 10 homes in England that are designated “treasure houses” and the Harewood House in Leeds, Yorkshire, is one of them. This particular location was used in the Downtown Abbey film, including the exteriors, the gallery, the Cinnamon drawing room and the terraces. The estate boasts exquisite gardens, an excellent art collection, a rare bird garden and a farm experience.

 

Lincoln Castle

Remember when Mr. Bates was in prison? Lincoln Castle played the role of the jail in Downton Abbey in season three. While you’re there, you can see an original 1215 Magna Carta.

 

Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire

The Downton Abbey feature-length film also stars the Wentworth Woodhouse, used for its elaborate ballroom during the scene with the Royal visit. The home was originally built in the 1700s for the 1st Marquess of Rockingham before passing to the Fitzwilliam family. You must sign up for a tour ahead of time to see the house and gardens.

 

Lacock Village, Wiltshire

This National Trust-owned village hasn’t changed in 200 years – making it a wonderfully representative setting for the parade scene in the feature film when the king inspected the Yorkshire Hussars, a unit of the British Army. The village looks just as it did in the 1800s and the Lacock Abbey is actually one of the few remaining abbeys in England.

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