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Downton Abbey offers familiar characters and intrigue – review

Downton Abbey brings your favorite characters to the big screen, including the Earl of Grantham, his wife Cora and Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess. full story

Downton Abbey filming locations including Highclere Castle!

Come with us on a tour of Downton Abbey filming locations, including Highclere Castle, where we met the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, Yew Tree Farm and more! full story

Visiting Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle

Thank you for joining us on this tour and many thanks to VisitBritain for inviting us to England to see these amazing filming locations and sites. Also to the Carnarvons for their hospitality—we not only enjoyed afternoon tea with the Countess of Carnarvon (Lady Fiona), but also... full story

Downton Abbey Church Interior

Mary and Matthew’s wedding took place inside the church, as did Mary’s second wedding (to Henry Talbot). Edith was jilted at the altar here, but her wedding years later to Bertie Pelham was shot here, as was Lavinia’s funeral and the wedding of Mr. Carson and Mrs.... full story

Downton Abbey Church exterior

The church used in the show is believed to have been built in 1153. Both the exterior and interior have been the location for several funerals and weddings. full story

Downton Abbey Churchyard

Many Downton Abbey scenes have taken place in this churchyard, where Matthew, Sybil, William and Lavinia are buried. full story

Front Gate of Downton Abbey Church

During the series, several scenes take place at the front gates of the church, which is actually called St. Mary the Virgin, but is known as St. Michael and All Angels Church on Downton Abbey.   full story

Downton Abbey Front Doors

Each of the front doors feature a bone-eating wolf’s head. Underneath are little winged iron dragons. Above the door and the windows on each side of the doors you’ll see the Carnavon motto in old French lettering that reads “Ung je serviray” (Only one will I serve).... full story

Downton Abbey Dining Room

The Dining Room is just as grand as it looks on Downton Abbey. The painting of Charles I on horseback that features famously on the show is by renowned Flemish Baroque painter Anthony Van Dyck. There are many other portraits in the room, including one of Robert... full story

Downton Abbey Library

The red sofas in the large, majestic 75-foot long library are actually used on Downton Abbey, although most other furniture is put away during filming. All the fine china and other objects seen on the show are props, to ensure the antique heirlooms that have been in... full story

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