Trip Tips: Downton Abbey destinations for fans of British period drama

Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:11am EST
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(Reuters) - Fans of the popular British period drama "Downton Abbey" can visit a number of sites depicted in the television series about life among the upper crust early last century.

From wandering around the Victorian stately home that is the centerpiece of the show to afternoon tea at the home of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, visitors can enjoy their own moments of intrigue and drama at the following Downton Abbey destinations. The article below is an edited version of a blog compiled by the travel site

Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey

Undoubtedly the jewel among the many splendid Downton locations on the list, Highclere Castle in Newbury, Berkshire is where the series is set. The castle is the home of the eighth Earl of Carnarvon and his wife and is open during the summer months, when the earl and countess move to a summer cottage, and on select days during the rest of the year. Tickets have already sold out for 2015 so visitors need to plan well ahead.

Basildon Park, used for Grantham House

Also located in Berkshire, Basildon Park is used in the series as the fictional Earl of Grantham's London residence, Grantham House. A Georgian mansion owned by the National Trust, the house offers Downton fans a behind-the-scenes video and guided tours throughout November.


The exterior of Rules restaurant in London is seen in this December 15, 2011 file photo.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files