Welcome to the Real Downton Abbey

Enthralled by the popular ITV costume drama Downton Abbey? Can’t get enough of the latest goings on in the Crawley household? Love the historical relevance of the sophisticated stately home? Then take a look inside the real Downton Abbey and explore the other stately homes in Britain to get your historical hit in-between episodes.
Read our guide of some of the top stately homes throughout the country and bask in their period charm.

Explore Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle in Newbury is the actual stately home featured in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey and you can explore the Crawley residence for yourself when you visit. The TV show, now in its fourth series, has become incredibly popular with viewers tuning in from around the world.

The stately home in Newbury has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679 and is open to the public on various dates throughout the year. Visit Highclere Castle today to soak up the quintessentially British feel of the original Downton Abbey.

Nottingham’s very own Downton Abbey

When seeking a bit of historical adventure in Nottingham, why not take a stroll through the 150 acres of parkland surrounding the romantic ruins of Rufford Abbey. Dating back to the 12th century, Rufford Abbey was once owned by the Elizabethan aristocrat and property magnate, George Talbot, The Earl of Shrewsbury.

Today, the stately home and public park has a craft centre, a restaurant, a café, shops and children’s playground for visitors.

When you visit Rufford Abbey, book into one of the finest hotels in Nottingham the Park Inn by Radisson, Nottingham for a truly memorable stay. With 172 modern guest rooms, a bar and grill, complimentary Wi-Fi and a heated indoor pool and spa. Sadly, Bates won’t be there to iron your trousers but you will feel well rested and rejuvenated after your stay all the same. Conveniently located just 30 minutes from the stately home, the Park Inn is the perfect Nottingham hotel for your stay.

Dramatic architecture and gorgeous grounds

Just outside of York you will find one of the most impressive mansions in the UK. Dating back to the 18th century, Castle Howard was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and is currently owned by a private company, directed by the Hon Nicholas Howard and Simon Howard.

Famous for being the setting of the 1980s production of Brideshead Revisited starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Head, both adults and little ones alike will find something of interest at Castle Howard, with everything from shopping and dining to playgrounds and guided tours. What’s not to like?

The rightful home of the Stone of Destiny

Located just outside Perth in Scotland, Scone Palace is a popular tourist attraction with residents and visitors from the UK and abroad. The rightful home to the Stone of Destiny, Scone Palace was the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Robert the Bruce.

Steeped in fascinating history, this Palace truly is a must-see stately home. EnjoyPalace tours, a star maze, an adventure playground, gift shops and plenty of other attractions to enjoy, so plan your visit to Scone Palace today and absorb the history of Scotland.

One of the most romantic homes in Britain

Nestled into the Derbyshire countryside is Haddon Hall, a 12th century stately home with beautiful surrounding gardens. A popular home for screen credits, the property has hosted three versions of Jane Eyre and has also featured in Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Princess Bride.

Visit Haddon Hall to hear about the romantic tale of previous residents, Dorothy Vernon and John Manners.

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