The beloved award-winning television series featuring the dirty doings of the aristocracy and their servants, Downton Abbey, came to an end this past week. You can keep the spirit of the series alive, and step behind the television screen, with your Downton Abbey inspired tour of England. We’ve rounded up the sites to see on your tour of England Downton Abbey style, but without the drama of lost love, deceit and backstabbing (unless that’s your idea of good travel!).
Highclere Castle, West Berkshire
Take a tour of the family home of Crawley family, really Highclere castle and home to the Carnarvon family for generations. This gorgeous sand coloured Victorian castle welcomes visitors to explore stunning staterooms, the main hall, dining room, library, sitting rooms and life below in the servant areas.
The Village of Bampton, Oxfordshire
Explore the village of Bampton, which plays the fictional Downton village on the show. It has plenty of stone, historic character and old-world charm. Fans of the show will love seeing St. Mary’s Church and the library.
Lancaster House, London
This stunning mansion was also featured in the show. It is a neo-classical mansion commissioned by Duke of York in 1825. It is rarely open to the public, but you can walk the street in front of it, admiring the majesty!
Kensington Gardens, London
This is a stunning royal park located in West London. It features Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial, which is featured on the show. The park also features the Italian Gardens, Peter Pan Statue and Serpentine Galleries. The kids can enjoy the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Or Put it All Together With Insight Vacations – 9-Day Tour (Departs March 28, 2016)
Guests of this 9-Day Tour around Downton Abbey’s England will take an exclusive tour of Highclere castle, will explore the villages of the Cotswolds, where outdoor scenes for Downton Abbey were filmed, including the village pub and the Library. And guests will follow the footsteps of Downton Abbey characters and also travel to London.
For more information, visit insightvacations.com
England is steeped in history featuring nobles like the Downton Abbey clan. You can still live in the history and magic of the historic buildings and sites, but you’ll just have to imagine the drama.
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