As one of the most successful British Television dramas of all time, Downton Abbey’s sumptuous depiction of the quintessentially British aristocratic lifestyle of yesteryear proved to be a huge success internationally. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total… making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys. It even earned a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated television show along the way.

Many of us tuned in each week to watch the Crawley family and their servants entertain us with the fantastic characters, interesting storylines and a fascination glimpse into their life that was absolutely addictive. Not to mention many of the locations that had everyone wanting to plan a getaway to the United Kingdom. If watching the new Downton Abbey film makes you dream of magnificent stately homes and settling down to afternoon tea, the team at VisitBritain has done the work for us and put together a collection of experiences for all Downton Abbey fans. Relive the drama and the historical magic by immersing yourself in some of Britain’s best Downton-esque locations and experiences.


Roam the Crawley’s lavish family home…

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, south-east England, is the real-life Victorian castle that is used as the filming location for Downton Abbey. It is the family home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, whose ancestors have resided in this amazing home since 1679. Make a trip over at Easter or during summer when the castle is open to visitors and truly step into aristocratic life. Take tea at the café, stroll the garden just like Lady Mary and Lady Edith, and admire the sumptuous bedrooms. Highclere Castle is located about an hour and a half from London by train. Do you know that you can actually stay on the grounds to further explore the grounds? Inquire about the Grotto Lodge and London Lodge for the full experience. LuxeGetaways - Luxury Travel - Luxury Travel Magazine - Luxe Getaways - Luxury Lifestyle - Bespoke Travel - UK Travel - Downton Abbey - VisitBritain


A retreat to Yorkshire…

While Downton Abbey is a fictional estate, in the show it is situated close to the villages of Ripon and Thirsk in the very real county of Yorkshire. This is one of the prettiest pockets of England. Home to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, it is where some of the most scenic cycling and walking routes in Britain are located.

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Choose your favorite fashions…

The stunning costumes beautifully showcase fashion through the decades. Pick out your favorite historic fashion pieces as you journey through the permanent fashion collection at London’s V&A Museum in South Kensington. It’s the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world, covering five centuries and including rare 17th-century gowns and 1930s couture evening wear. For anyone who loves fashion, this is an eye-opening collection! LuxeGetaways - Luxury Travel - Luxury Travel Magazine - Luxe Getaways - Luxury Lifestyle - Bespoke Travel - UK Travel - Downton Abbey - VisitBritain


Dine like an aristocrat…

Enjoy a traditional British meal like Lady Edith and Lady Mary at London’s oldest real-life restaurant, Rules. It is located in Covent Garden, and the interior’s décor looks just as it did 100 years ago, which has made it a popular filming location over the years. It was seen in the Downton Abbey television series on three occasions.


Party like the Crawleys…

Throughout the Downton Abbey television series and the movie, characters are known for their love of a great party. Why not get dressed up to the nines and enjoy a night out in London? Book a table at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s, where you will feel like you have stumbled upon a hidden world. Or for true 1920s immersion, don your flapper dress for one of London’s best authentic Jazz Age experiences in the form of The Candlelight Club. The dress code is strict – think top hats for the chaps and pearls for the girls – as you sip cocktails from a teacup and whirl around to the Charleston. Locations for this 1920s pop-up event remain secret until you purchase your tickets online. LuxeGetaways - Luxury Travel - Luxury Travel Magazine - Luxe Getaways - Luxury Lifestyle - Bespoke Travel - UK Travel - Downton Abbey - VisitBritain


Try aristocratic outdoor pursuits in the country…

Lady Mary is no shrinking violet when it comes to outdoor pursuits – remember her horseback riding with the ill-fated Turkish diplomat in the first season? Horse lovers can book into chic Coworth Park in Berkshire, south-east England. This grand 17th-century mansion and polo estate is located just 45 minutes from central London by train or car. Saddle up on one of the hotel’s well-trained steeds and enjoy the extensive grounds. Novice riders can take basic lessons, while the more experienced can try dressage and jumping. The hotel’s spa is the perfect place to soothe any tired post-ride muscles.

Another country retreat fit for a Crawley is Llangoed Hall, which is located on the edge of the lush Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. One of the coziest and most romantic destinations in Wales, The Dowager Countess would no doubt approve of the hotel’s afternoon tea that is enjoyed in front of roaring fires in the Morning Room. Clay pigeon shooting – an activity that will make you feel like a Downton Abbey extra – can be arranged on request.LuxeGetaways - Luxury Travel - Luxury Travel Magazine - Luxe Getaways - Luxury Lifestyle - Bespoke Travel - UK Travel - Downton Abbey - VisitBritainLuxeGetaways - Luxury Travel - Luxury Travel Magazine - Luxe Getaways - Luxury Lifestyle - Bespoke Travel - UK Travel - Downton Abbey - VisitBritain


Plan Ahead: A traditional Christmas in a castle…

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, north-east England, doubles as the magnificent Brancaster Castle on the Downton Abbey Christmas specials in season five and six. Its medieval architecture and sumptuous Italianate interiors made it the perfectly lavish location for Lord Sinderby’s shooting party. Alnwick is the second largest inhabited castle in Britain, second only to Windsor Castle, and it has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for more than 700 years. The castle’s State Rooms are home to one of the finest private art collections in the country, and the cast and crew used them during filming in July and August 2014. Visitors to Alnwick Castle can explore a behind-the-scenes on the ‘On Location‘ tour. Another castle featuring in the series is Lady Rose’s Scottish family home, Duneagle Castle, actually filmed at Inveraray Castle, located around 60 miles from Glasgow. Visitors can explore the castle’s beautiful architecture and the historic artifacts before exploring one of the many walks and avenues of the surrounding Argyll Estate.

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