Fans jonesing for a “Downton Abbey” fix don’t have to wait until the January Season 3 premiere. The filming location, Highclere Castle in England, is now open for tours.
Highclere Castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679, and currently Lord Geordie and Lady Fiona Carnarvon live there year-round. But they’ve opened their doors to fans of the hit Brit show centered around the Crawley clan (and the servants who work for them) set during the tumultuous time of the First World War.
Just a short train ride from London, the castle is easily accessible to fans of the show. Visitors here can make like the Dowager Countess, strolling the grounds and among the rooms that serve as the setting for the show’s scandalous happenings.
Visitors interested in Highclere beyond Downton can also explore a special Egyptology exhibit, open in honor of one of the Carnarvon’s early relatives who played a part in the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Prices to visit the castle and gardens are £9.50 ($14.76 at $1.55 USD to the Pound) for adults, and £5 ($7.77) for children, and can be purchased here.
photo credit: Highclere Castle