List Of 10 Most Popular Downton Abbey Filming Sites

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A Grade I listed the country home with a recognizable appearance sits on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. After being chosen as the major filming location for the period drama Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle has become synonymous with the series.

For lovers of Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is a must-visit location. Any tourist will feel like a Crawley as they drive up through the 5,000-acre estate, and tours of the mansion will bring back memories of Sunday nights spent watching the latest Downton drama unfold.

With yearly tours and special events like the Battlefield Proms and a country show later this summer, it’s no surprise that Highclere is at the top of the list of the most popular destinations for show fans to visit.

Downton Abbey: A New Era is now playing in theaters, reigniting interest in the period drama. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will attempt to control a film crew using the Downton Abbey estate as the setting for their project in the sequel to the franchise.

While other members of the family travel to the south of France to learn more about the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith), Highclere Castle will play a pivotal role in the film.

The familiar exterior of the property that has been the home of Downton Abbey fans since the show first aired in 2010 is shown in trailers.

It is not, however, the only site where fans of the show may immerse themselves in the lives of a 1920s family. The ten most popular filming sites from the series have been revealed, with Oxford, Wiltshire, and Hampshire among them.

1. Highclere Castle, Hampshire (54,212)

The Downton Abbey estate is seen in all 6 series and 2 films.

2. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (53,919) – Brancaster Castle, owned by the Marquess of Hexham, and seen in 2 Christmas specials for the series.


3. Lacock Village, Wiltshire (51,915)

This National Trust area was used for scenes in series 6 that take place in a livestock market. The village also stars regularly in the first Downton Abbey movie.


4. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire (44,798) – This manor was used to shoot the outside shots of Haxby Hall, a neighboring estate to the Crawley family, in series two of Downton Abbey.

5. Harewood House, West Yorkshire (39,346) – A country house with grand gardens, Harewood House was used in scenes in the first Downton Abbey movie as the location where neighbors of Lord and Lady Grantham gathered a ball.

6. Beamish Museum, County Durham (39,251) – More than 100 cast and crew came to Beamish in 2018 to film the first Downton Abbey movie. In the 1900s Town street, garage and Co-op were used as set locations.


7. Lincoln Castle, Lincolnshire (30,134) – Back in series 3 Lincoln Castle was made as York Prison where John Bates, played by Brendan Coyle, was incarcerated after being accused of killing his former wife.


8. Bampton Village, Oxfordshire (14,915) – This village made the perfect setting for the local village in the period drama. Bampton stares heavily throughout the series, with Churchgate House featuring as the home of Isobel Crawley.


9. Inveraray Castle, Scotland (12,104) – Inveraray Castle was first witnessed in the 2012 Christmas special of Downton Abbey when the Grantham family traveled up to Scotland to visit the Marquess of Flintshire.


10. Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham (9,385) – The interior of the stately home of Wentworth Woodhouse was used by filmmakers to shoot the ballroom scenes for the first film.