Where is Downton Abbey filmed for ITV? – Series Film Locations

The real Downton: Highclere Castle - Photograph from Highclere Castle (Wikimedia Commons)

The real Downton: Highclere Castle – Photograph from Highclere Castle (Wikimedia Commons)

Question: What locations is Downton Abbey filmed at in the UK?

Answer: The primary filming location for the TV series Downton Abbey is the Highclere Castle country house, in Hampshire, England.

The now world famous building sits in a 1000 acre, 16 mile circumference estate and provides a real world home to the Earl of Carnarvon. The grounds of this magnificent estate can be entered from nine separate points, features three lakes and is home to over 50 Cedars of Lebanon trees.

The building itself is home to an extensive library which apart from books, also contains an historically significant set of furniture. The actual chair and table that Napoleon used for signing his abdication, while exiled on the Mediterranean island of Elba.

Recently though, the castle has of course become far more recognizable as the fictional home of the Crawley family, Downton Abbey. The critically acclaimed British period drama, has been using Highclere for the Downton Abbey filming location from 2010 up until the present day.

When not in use for filming or being hired out for luxury weddings, the castle is open to public visitors.

References: HISTORIC HOUSES: THE SPLENDORS OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE

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