Where was Downton Abbey filmed? Highclere Castle location revealed – The US Sun

HIGHCLERE Castle has become an iconic landmark following its appearances in ITV drama Downton Abbey.

The country house is an historic manor with 11 beds, servant quarters along with plenty of room for entertaining.

 Highclere Castle from Downton Abbey, is valued at £72million


Highclere Castle from Downton Abbey, is valued at £72millionCredit: AFP – Getty

Where was Downton Abbey filmed?

Downton Abbey is filmed at Highclere Castle, which is is a country house located five miles south of Newbury in Berkshire.

The giant estate includes 5,000 acres of land and members of the public can explore the castle and gardens during certain periods of the year.

The historic 11-bed manor comes with servant quarters and room for entertaining the upper classes.

Which? revealed the worth of the stunning Berkshire property to be £72million.

 Downton Abbey first aired on ITV in September 2010 and ran until December 2015


Downton Abbey first aired on ITV in September 2010 and ran until December 2015Credit: Handout

Inside, the house looks identical to the hit period drama, except you sadly aren’t greeted by Carson upon arrival.

And instead of photos of the likes of Mary and Sybil on the wall, you are more likely to see portraits of Highclere’s family, the Carnarvons.

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Much of the exterior shots of Downton Abbey and most of the interiors are filmed at Highclere Castle.

However, the kitchen, servants’ quarters and working areas, and some of the ‘upstairs’ bedrooms were constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.

 The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon at their home Highclere Castle


The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon at their home Highclere CastleCredit: Alamy

Can you visit Highclere Castle?

Fans of Downton Abbey can visit the grounds of the castle and take a look around some of the famous rooms used for the show.

You can purchase a ticket on the website here.

There are a range of options available for various events and tours, therefore the price is dependent on the one you pick.

Who are the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon?

The house was constructed in 1679 and has been the home of the Earls of Carnarvon and their forebears.

Currently the eighth Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert, and his family, live in part of the home.

The rest of the property is hired out to the public for events and function.

George is the godson of Queen Elizabeth II, and was educated at Eton and St John’s College, Oxford.

He has two children, Lady Saoirse Herbert and George Kenneth Oliver Molyneux Herbert, with his first wife Jayne M. Wilby.

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He also has another son, Edward Herbert, with his second wife Fiona Aitken.

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