The actors, plot, costumes and set of “Downtown Abbey” were all top-notch, so it’s no surprise that the show won 15 Emmys and was nominated for another 69. Don’t you miss tuning in every week to see what Lady Mary, Lady Edith, Mr. Bates, Mr. Barrow and the rest of the characters on “Downton Abbey” are up to? (We do, too!).
Well, we’re all in luck—because we can actually visit the real-life Downton Abbey! The hit show, which aired on PBS from 2010 to 2015, was based on and filmed in Highclere Castle, located in Kingston, U.K. And now you can purchase tickets to visit the estate and explore both the “upstairs and downstairs,” giving you a look at the pampered lives of the aristocratic family as well as the servants’ quarters, which served as a backdrop for much of the show.
Visitors to Highclere Castle can channel their inner Dowager Countess and have high tea (how civilized!). Or, make like Lady Mary and one of her beaus and have a romantic overnight in the castle! There’s also a special Valentine’s Day tour and tea. (We can’t think of anything more romantic!)
“The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon are delighted to share their home with you, one of England’s most beautiful and romantic Castles over the Valentines weekend of Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12th February 2017,” the Highclere Castle reads. “You will be welcomed in to The Saloon, at the very heart of the Castle where your tour will begin. Our guides will take you through the State Rooms that are so familiar from the TV series.”
If a trip to the U.K. isn’t in your near future, you can still explore Highclere Castle. Lawrence Auctioneers has a collection of photographs of the castle from the late 1800s. They’re planning to auction the 120-year-old photos in February. But, in the meantime, they’ve shared some of the amazing vintage images on their Facebook page.
Craving more of your favorite aristocrats? Watch this video about the filming of “Downton Abbey” at Highclere Castle: