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Filming locations of Downton Abbey to visit in London
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Filming locations of Downton Abbey to Visit and Explore.

The British television series Downton Abbey was set in the early 20th century which was created and co-written by Julian Fellowes. The magic of the show with its characters is of course the locations used for its shooting. Ravishing and Enormous Castles, gardens, and more. It is a dream of every fan of Downton Abbey to visit the location and explore it. So, here is a guide providing the filming location of Downton Abbey in London to get all the television show experience in real life too.

Even if you are not a fan of this show yet these beautiful places are worth visiting once on your trip to London.

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Filming locations of Downton Abbey in London

1. Highclere Castle

A superfan of Downtown Abbey knows what Highclere castle is and why it is number one. The Herbert family home in residence and the country seat for the Earl of Carnarvon. Such a beautiful place can be explored even if you are not a fan of this series. The architectural style of the castle is Jacobethan. The castle has galleries, gardens, and museums. On top of that, its functions as a prime filming location, and visitors should plan accordingly as the castle tends to be closed in the winter months.

  • Location: Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN, United Kingdom
Filming locations of Downton Abbey to visit in London
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2. Bampton

What would Downton Abbey be without the charming surrounding village of Downton? It is located 20 miles Southwest of Oxford. There are tours available from London and Bath to guide visitors around. Fans who truly want to immerse themselves in the world of Downton Abbey can head to the village of Bampton. A must-visit site in the village is the church of St. Mary the virgin, whose exterior and interior have both been used in the show.

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3. Lancaster House

In Downton Abbey the interiors of the house were used since filming access to the real Buckingham palace is not possible to get. This place is in West End London. It is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth office and is therefore infrequently open for public viewing. However it’s not entirely off-limits and those who check back regularly should take the opportunity for a tour, as it would make for a very special visit.

  • Location: Stable Yard, St. James’s, London SW1A 1BB, United Kingdom

4. The Criterion

Neo-byzantine-styled restaurant on Downton Abbey back in season four. For years this esteemed establishment proudly demonstrated the taste of a bygone era but it faced lots of financial troubles and went from changes in 2015 and 2018. This was the place where Edith Crawley meets Michael Gregson for dinner.

  • Location: 224 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9HP, United Kingdom

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Filming locations of Downton Abbey to visit in London
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Filming locations of Downton Abbey near London

1.Basildon Park

Built in the late 1700s and now is under the care of the national trust since 1978. It is located South of Goring on the Thames in Berkshire and far from London. It is the summer residence of the Crawley family. This Georgian mansion hosts tours, events, art exhibits, and more. It also provides tours as it is used as a filming location giving fans behind the scenes information about the show.

  • Location: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR, United Kingdom

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2. Inveraray Castle

The home to Hugh Susan and Rose Mcclare, relatives of the Crawley family in the show. The castle was first constructed in the 1400s. It dates back to the 1740s when the first stone was laid and then some reconstructions and additions in 1877 due to a fire. It also holds regular events and offers tours with a tearoom and garden open to the public as well.

  • Location: Inveraray PA32 8XE, United Kingdom
Filming locations of Downton Abbey, Inveraray castle.
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3. Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle was built in the 11th century, this ancient castle is the present-day family home of the Duke of Northumberland. However, the castle is now used as the major tourist attraction receiving roughly eight hundred thousand visitors a year as of 2012. It is a famous filming location for several productions and one of those is the harry potter franchise. However, that doesn’t mean that A Downton Abbey fan can’t enjoy their trip here. The journey between London and Alnwick Castle is around 307 miles

  • Location: Alnwick NE66 1NQ, United Kingdom

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4. Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle has a jail in it which is used in Downton Abbey when John Bates is accused of murder and sent to York prison. The enormous castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. The castle was used as both a court and a jail in past times. Now it is used as a museum and visitors are welcome to take tours of the medieval castle.

  • Location: Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA, United Kingdom

5. West Wycombe House

Built-in the late 1700s, West Wycombe house was designed for Sir Francis Dashwood’s 2nd baronet but has been run by the national trust since 1943. In the show, Lady Rosamund Painswick, Lord Grantham’s sister makes this beautiful house her residence when not in the capital. Many interior shots during the second half of the series were shot in the house. Now it functions as a museum and is open to the public for viewing. Those wishing to visit the museum should plan as a tour of the house is only available for few months in the year.

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Filming locations of Downton Abbey, Garden
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FAQ on Downtown Abbey’s Filming Location

What is Downton Abbey?

It is a British television series.

Where is Inveraray Castle?

It is in western Scotland, on the shore of Loch Fyne. It takes 8h 33m (460 miles) from London.

Why Highclere Castle is so famous?

Highclere Castle is very famous among the tourists as it is very beautiful and also most of the shooting of Downton Abbey is done there.

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