Inside the real Downton Abbey: Take a tour of Highclere Castle

Downton Abbey is filmed in the beautiful Highclere Castle – pick up the keys for the house tour to end all house tours

Downton Abbey is back for its sixth and final season. We’re celebrating with a once in a lifetime house tour of Highclere Castle, where the hit period drama is filmed.

Highclere Castle is the home of Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The beautiful period property is set in 5,000 acres of grounds and can be found in Hampshire, around five miles south of Newbury.

The castle has been used for numerous films and TV dramas (not to mention the location of the ill-fated wedding between Peter Andre and Katie Price!) but Highclere really found fame when it was chosen as the main location for the filming of Downton Abbey.

As the hugely popular period drama comes to a close, we’re taking the house tour to end all house tours with a sneak peek inside the castle…

The dining room

The stunning Highclere dining room is decorated with warm yellow silks and is dominated by a large equestrian portrait of King Charles I.

The library

This large room was designed by Sir Charles Barry. It can seat up to 140 guests at any one time and looks out over beautiful lawns.

The drawing room

A south facing room decorated in the ‘rocco revival’ style.

The smoking room

This large space gives direct access to the South Lawns and is a cosy snug of a room.

The saloon

A high-glazed ceiling and gallery space make this space an ideal setting for both pre-dinner and after-dinner entertainment for guests.

The music room

A south-facing room with walls hung with 16th
century Italian embroideries. This beautiful room can seat up to 40 guests.

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