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Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle

Get ready to enter a world of opulent luxury and century old architecture of the romantic English countryside. Welcome to Highclere Castle, a Jacobethan style mansion in Hampshire and also the filming location of the popular Masterpiece Classics series Downton Abbey. Open to the public from July to September, visitors get a chance to wander into the same rooms that were filmed in the hit show, including the drawing room where Maggie Smith frequently offered pithy comments to unfortunate family members. Situated 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire, the castle is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, and is still in the family name today. It was originally built in 1839 on the foundations of the crumbling medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester. The classical style mansion reflects a mix of Victorian revival of English architecture that was popular at the time.

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