I see Highclere (Downton Abbey) only has limited opening, are there alternatives?
Following the huge worldwide success of the multi-award winning TV drama Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle used in filming as Downton Abbey has become a popular tourist location. However they only have limited dates, mostly through the spring and summer when they open to the public. So we are often asked, if Highclere is closed are there Downton Abbey alternatives? The answer is yes and please see below for details.
Highclere Castle (fictional Downton Abbey) 2016 opening dates
Saturday 26th March – Sunday 10th April
1st, 2nd and 3rd May
29th, 30th and 31st May
Sunday 10th July – Wednesday 7th September (Sunday to Thursday)
Wednesday 14th September
The Making of Downton Abbey
The success of Downton Abbey took everyone by surprise from the first nervous apprehension whether anyone would like the first episode or stay with it for the second or third… the series has become a phenomenon with appreciative viewers all around the world…… to continue reading and video footage, see the Official Highclere Castle Site
Alternative Downton Abbey locations
Probably the most interesting Downton Abbey film location, is the beautiful Cotswolds village of Bampton, which is the fictional Downton Village.
This can be easily reached by car, but by public transport its is not so easy but there are tours that go there.
For further information see the making of Downton Abbey ate the Oxfordshire and Cotswolds site
Downton Abbey film Location Tours
Highclere Castle Tours
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