Downton Abbey destinations
Are you one of ITV’s Downton Abbey fans? If you’re from the North America and you’re waiting for the almost wrapped-up Downton Abbey Season 5 which will start airing in January 2015, you may want to see some of the destinations that you shouldn’t miss, just in case you’re planning on your next UK vacation.
In the meantime, while we all wait to see what our favorite characters both upstairs and downstairs have been up to since we last left them, you can always get your Downton on by visiting some of the filming locations and inspiring places that go into creating this beautifully shot and reservedly enjoyable drama. From real life castles to afternoon tea in one of the Dowager’s rooms, GoEuro.co.uk (www.goeuro.co.uk) has prepared a list and infographic so you can enjoy your own moments of intrigue and drama at these great Downton Abbey destinations.
1. Berkshire, England – Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and Basildon Park (Grantham House)
Undoubtedly a shining jewel amongst the many splendid Downton locations on the list, Highclere Castle in Newbury, Berkshire is a real-life castle used for filming the Abbey itself.
2. Argyll, Scotland – Inveraray Castle (Duneagle Castle)
This beautiful Scottish castle was the setting for the 2012 Christmas episode where so many juicy plot points were first cultivated: Lady Rose and her mother squared off (not for the last time), it was the last we saw O’Brien as she got an annoying taste for adventure, Mr. Gregson showed up and shared his dilemma and love for Lady Edith with Matthew (poor old Edith), and Anna danced a reel (was it all that impressive, really?).
3. London, England – The Criterion, Rules Restaurant and Hoxton Hall (The Jubilee Dance Halle)
Not surprisingly, London has some of the most iconic locations used for Downton. Here you will find Hoxton Hall in Hackney, which served as the filming location for Jubilee Dance Hall in York where Rose, Mary and Matthew went off to for a night of jazz and excitement.
4. Surrey & Sussex, England – Byfleet Manor (The Dower House) & Horsted Keynes Station (Downton Train Station)
Nestled in Byfleet near Surrey, Byfleet Manor is a private house that is used to film The Dower House where the legend that is the Dowager Countess of Grantham resides. Most recently in the Downton universe, we have seen Violet and Isobel share tea and debate whether Isobel will in fact marry Lord Merton (or will his vile and stuck-up sons change), as well as an emotional moment for the Dowager when she confides in Mary that she will lose her companion with the marriage. As the house is private, it’s not open to public visit; however, you can book the house for private events as well as request an afternoon tea in the Downton Room.
5. Oxfordshire, England – Bampton (Downton Village)
Last but not least of course is the location for Downton itself. Downton Village sadly is a fictional town that is supposed to be located in Yorkshire, somewhere between the cities of Ripon and Thirsk, though it’s actually all shot in Bampton in Oxfordshire. The town remains beautifully and perfectly historic in scenery, and its easy access to London made it perfect for filming the village scenes.
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Compiled by: Caitlin Gulliford
About Caitlin Gulliford
Both British and American, Caitlin is originally from New York, but has loved also living in London and now Berlin. She holds a MSc in Gender, Media and Culture from the London School of Economics, and is always up for an adventure. She currently plans to cycle and sail her way around the world (a second time).
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