Although the series is set mainly in the northern county of Yorkshire, you will find that its primary locations are all in the South of England and easily reached from London in a day.
Please note that Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey itself) currently has only limited opening hours so, if it is not accessible during the time you have available, we will aim to visit Basildon Park instead.
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We visit the parish Church, subject to availability, the setting for several of the series’ dramatic events including weddings, christenings, funerals and even a jilting at the altar. The old rectory stands in for the exterior of Lady Isobel Crawley’s house, while the local Church View has appeared as both the Grantham Arms and the Dog and Duck pubs.
Returning to the car, we head off to a 13th century manor house, now better known as Yew Tree Farm, where Lady Edith’s daughter Marigold was brought up. And where better to stop for lunch than the idyllic Cotswold pub where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed while planning their elopement?
Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
The present building, however, was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, who was also responsible for the Houses of Parliament in London. In the TV series, the Castle is used for the exterior shots of Downton Abbey and for much of the interior filming although the kitchen, servants’ quarters and some of the bedrooms were actually constructed at the Ealing Film Studios.
Basildon Park (Grantham House)
A visit to Basildon Park gives you an insight into what it was like to transform the house into a working television set.
“Glyn guided us on the tour of Arundel Castle, then booked us at the Black Rabbit for lunch then on to Brighton Beach. He was a wonderful guide, full of knowledge as he was a retired police detective in London so we asked him a lot of questions! I would most certainly book him again. Wonderful, patient, nice, funny…”