- The hugely-successful TV drama has now been shown in over 100 countries around the world.Here are the real locations of the fictional country seat of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and of Downton village, where the series was filmed Highclere Castle
Downton Abbey itself - actually Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon - opens for Easter and the May holiday weekends, and from mid-July to mid-September.
The Gardens and Grounds are open whenever the Castle is open to the public, and offer excellent views of the Castle
Visit the delightful Cotswold village of Bampton, not far from Oxford, used to film Downton village scenes (most notably St Mary's Church, where Matthew and Mary married: Mrs Crawley's house; and the Library, which served as the entrance to the cottage hospital), as well as Swinbrook, whose lovely Swan Inn was the set-location for Lady Sybil’s elopement with the family chauffeur
Nearby is the picturesque and quiet village of Shilton, where the Downton bus was seen going through the ford; and also where the Old Forge became the Red Lion pub, where Bates worked after he left Downton
The Granthams' London house was seen for the first time in the 2013 Christmas episode: the interiors were filmed at Basildon Park, south of Oxford. Basildon Park lit up the small screen again in the series five finale in November 2014, when Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge got married.
All within less than an hour from Oxford