Downton goes to the country

The UK has a fascinatingly rich history. Many of the buildings seen in Downton Abbey date back to the 15th century, with some as old as the 11th century. We've compiled a list of the most well known locations seen in Downton, both featuring as themselves and serving as fictional locations.

Highclere Castle

This is of course the Downton Abbey. It is open 70 days a year so check which days you can visit. There's a cafe, wonderful grounds and an Egyptian exhibition. Highclere Castle saw a sharp increase in visitors after the release of Downton Abbey, the income helping them carry out much needed repairs.

This is of course the Downton Abbey. It is open 70 days a year so check which days you can visit. There's a cafe, wonderful grounds and an Egyptian exhibition. Highclere Castle saw a sharp increase in visitors after the release of Downton Abbey, the income helping them carry out much needed repairs.
Newbury

St Mary's C Of E Church

This church can be found in Bampton, a gorgeous village in West Oxfordshire. Bampton is the location for a lot of the Downton village scenes. Visit and you will find Crawley House, Downton Cottage Hospital, the Post Office and St Mary's Church. Not many people know the official name of the village is Bampton-in-the-Bush. Visit Bampton on 1st June for Whit Monday to see the Bampton Morris Dancers.

This church can be found in Bampton, a gorgeous village in West Oxfordshire. Bampton is the location for a lot of the Downton village scenes. Visit and you will find Crawley House, Downton Cottage Hospital, the Post Office and St Mary's Church. Not many people know the official name of the village is Bampton-in-the-Bush. Visit Bampton on 1st June for Whit Monday to see the Bampton Morris Dancers.
church Bampton

West Wycombe Estate

West Wycombe House features as the interior for 35 Belgrave Square - the home of Lady Rosamund. The house has also been used as a filming location for screen adaptions of classics such as Cranford. The best times to visit West Wycombe Estate is June to August when both the grounds and the house are open.

West Wycombe House features as the interior for 35 Belgrave Square - the home of Lady Rosamund. The house has also been used as a filming location for screen adaptions of classics such as Cranford. The best times to visit West Wycombe Estate is June to August when both the grounds and the house are open.
High Wycombe

Horsted Keynes Station

This little station in Sussex is Downton's station. It is part of the Bluebell Railway heritage line. A gorgeously remote village, there are some real local pubs and the grave of former Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.

This little station in Sussex is Downton's station. It is part of the Bluebell Railway heritage line. A gorgeously remote village, there are some real local pubs and the grave of former Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.
Haywards Heath

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick serves as the fictional Brancaster Castle. This was where a lot of the 2014 Christmas special was shot, so whilst it isn't a regular location there's still loads of relevant Downton scenery. Alnwick Castle is also famous for featuring as a filming location in the Harry Potter films. There is loads to do here for the family including Dragon's Quest and even Broomstick Training!

Alnwick serves as the fictional Brancaster Castle. This was where a lot of the 2014 Christmas special was shot, so whilst it isn't a regular location there's still loads of relevant Downton scenery. Alnwick Castle is also famous for featuring as a filming location in the Harry Potter films. There is loads to do here for the family including Dragon's Quest and even Broomstick Training!
Alnwick

Hall Place & Gardens

This is where Isobel Crawley lived with Mathew before they got to the Downton Estate. Hall Place was built in 1537 and holds a spectacularly rich history. There are many areas open to visitors: The Great Hall, Tudor Kitchen, Great Chamber and Hallway. There are also 3 permanent exhibitions to show what life was like in Tudor times and during the Great War.

This is where Isobel Crawley lived with Mathew before they got to the Downton Estate. Hall Place was built in 1537 and holds a spectacularly rich history. There are many areas open to visitors: The Great Hall, Tudor Kitchen, Great Chamber and Hallway. There are also 3 permanent exhibitions to show what life was like in Tudor times and during the Great War.
park Bexley

National Trust - Basildon Park

This was used to film the interior scenes for Grantham House. Many cast members commented on how beautiful Basildon Park was, took photos of the view, and sat under the shade of a tree between takes. The dining room of Basildon Park has also been filmed as a ballroom in film versions of Dorian Gray, The Duchess and Pride and Prejudice.

This was used to film the interior scenes for Grantham House. Many cast members commented on how beautiful Basildon Park was, took photos of the view, and sat under the shade of a tree between takes. The dining room of Basildon Park has also been filmed as a ballroom in film versions of Dorian Gray, The Duchess and Pride and Prejudice.
Reading

Lincoln Castle

This serves as the fictional location of York Prison, where Mr Bates ends up after he is accused of murdering his ex-wife. Lincoln Castle was constructed during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress and has housed the Magna Carta since 1215. It is open to the public as a museum.

This serves as the fictional location of York Prison, where Mr Bates ends up after he is accused of murdering his ex-wife. Lincoln Castle was constructed during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress and has housed the Magna Carta since 1215. It is open to the public as a museum.
Lincoln

Inveraray Castle

If you find yourself in Scotland this will give you your Downton fix. Nestled near Loch Fyne, this Castle serves as the fictional location Duneagle Castle. It is home to Rose's parents, where the Crawleys visit in the 2012 Christmas episode. Inveraray is the home of the Duke of Argyll. The castle is open part of the year and has magnificent gardens and grounds. There is a lovely tea room to quench your thirst afterwards.

If you find yourself in Scotland this will give you your Downton fix. Nestled near Loch Fyne, this Castle serves as the fictional location Duneagle Castle. It is home to Rose's parents, where the Crawleys visit in the 2012 Christmas episode. Inveraray is the home of the Duke of Argyll. The castle is open part of the year and has magnificent gardens and grounds. There is a lovely tea room to quench your thirst afterwards.
Inveraray

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