Highclere Castle is one of the main filming locations for Downton Abbey
Highclere Castle is just 1 hour 15 minute drive from us. The Castle is used for most of the exterior and interior filming of Downton Abbey.
Highclere is English heritage at its best, a stunningly beautiful building inside and out. The current family live and enjoy this amazing place and manage to balance perfectly the maintenance of its original beauty and grandure with the day to day pressures of modern life.
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, it is wonderful to see not only the majestic beauty of the exterior and gardens but also some of the rooms set up with props from filming and many photo’s too. Also inside this beautiful building is Egyptian exhibition on the bottom floor which is well worth a visit.
Also well recommended is booking afternoon tea at the gatehouse
There are also other locations nearby within which have featured prominently in the popular TV drama Downton Abbey, particularly Bampton, which doubles as the fictional village of Downton.
Meaning settlement by the tree or cross, was a major late Anglo-Saxon centre: the focus of a royal manor and site of a ‘minster’ church.
It may seem oddly familiar to Downton fans for this is where the village scenes are filmed and where many dramas have been played out in the streets.
The set locations for Downton Abbey have become stars in their own right and are as much a character in the series as any of the actors.
As well as a variety of buildings that have been used as pubs, shops and the post office the main locations in Bampton are:
- Churchgate House is used as the Crawley family home
- The old Grammar School building, which now houses served as ‘Downton’ hospital
- St Mary’s Church, renamed as St Michael and All Angels, has hosted a number of dramatic ‘Downton’ events including weddings, funerals, christenings and even a jilting at the altar!
- Church View has appeared regularly throughout the series and is home to two fictional pubs – The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck – both featured in various episodes. It was also the site of Downton Fair.
Two miles east of Burford is the beautiful village of Swinbrook
- The Swan Inn this is where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed whilst planning their elopement, a controversial storyline in series 2.
- Close to Witney, Cogges is a former Victorian Farm Museum and its historic farm buildings are used for the fictional Yew Tree Farm, which played host to many of the farming scenes in series 4 and was home to Mr Drewe, the tenant farmer. It sits on the banks of the River Windrush. In series 5 the farm buildings have featured regularly as it is here that Marigold, Lady Edith’s illegitimate daughter, is being brought up.
Lying two miles south of Burford and close to the Roman road known as Akeman Street is the picturesque village of Shilton
- The Old Forge was transformed into The Red Lion public house, where Mr Bates went to work after he left Downton Abbey in series 2.