For those looking to do something a little different whilst on their home exchange in the UK, this is the perfect resource, and because you’ll be on your holidays, no top hat or evening gown required!
As Carson closed the door on Downton Abbey for one last time, fans across the world were left wondering what to do with their evenings in. In honour of this, Wayfair.co.uk have put together the ultimate guide to Downton Abbey filming locations, with a map that marks over 70 locations.
Here are the top three UK counties to visit for a Downton Abbey experience:
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Hampshire is a large county on the southern coast of England and a popular spot for enjoying a breath of sea air as well as exploring the enchanting New Forest and picturesque South Downs National Park. It also happens to be home to the most iconic of the Downton Abbey locations: Highclere Castle. This grand ‘Jacobethan’ style house and park is where exterior shots and interior upstairs activity were filmed and it represents everything that makes Downton Abbey so magnificent. Once you’ve visited the house, just a few miles down the road you’ll find Portal Hall, the church where Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes after an agonising wait finally tied the knot.
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Oxfordshire is a scenic county in the south east of England popular for its historical sights and rolling green hills. For Downtonites, Oxfordshire is not to be missed as it’s the home of the village of Bampton, otherwise known as Downton village. Bampton was used regularly throughout the filming of Downton Abbey, masquerading as the local hospital, school and, of course church (where we witnessed several major events, including Matthew and Mary’s wedding and Edith’s shocking jilting at the altar). Nearby is also Cogges Manor Farm, or Downton Abbey’s Yew Tree Farm. With activities on the farm, a children’s play area and a café, this is a great place to take the kids.
For those wanting to experience Downton Abbey city buzz, there’s only one place to be: London. 30 of our 71 locations are in London so you’re spoilt for choice. Some highlights are Lancaster House—a mansion that was used to portray Buckingham Palace in the 2013 Christmas Special, the Chepstow Villa’s (Edith’s flat), St James’s Park (where Lady Mary and Aunt Rosamund took many a stroll) and the Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens, where Mary unashamedly rejected Lord Gillingham.
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