Sunday, January 23, 2011

Highclere Castle

Downton Abbey was filmed at Highclere Castle in Newbury, England, home of the Carnarvon family since 1679. Highclere is a Victorian castle set on 1,000 acres of parkland. The present castle was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect responsible for building the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. You can visit Highclere's interesting website to see extensive photographic tours of the castle and grounds. The Gardens & Landscape link alone is worth a look, as are the links to the interior and exterior photos of the film locations. Just a click on the map of the Highclere estate shows why the fortune of the American Heiress Cora would be critical to the Crawley family in the upkeep of Downton Abbey.

Below is a film from Helen James Productions in the UK, which features Lord and Lady Carnarvon, Julian Fellowes and some of the actors from Downton Abbey talking about shooting at Highclere.