Downton Abbey fans around the world are no doubt anxiously awaiting the return of the popular classic series this Sunday, Jan. 5, on PBS. Everyone wants to know: How will Lady Mary Crawley overcome the sudden and tragic loss of her husband Matthew Crawley? Will she be able to be a mother to their son? And what will become of the financially drained Downton Abbey estate … and of the lives of the staff who really make Downton shine?
With all the lingering questions, and the excitement, surrounding the season premiere, it’s no wonder that hundreds of devoted fans have made their way to the real-life setting of Downton Abbey — Highclere Castle. Built in 1679, the castle has remained in the family of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon; their descendants currently occupy the castle and have graciously opened it up to the public for tours.
Learn more about visiting Highclere Castle in Downton Abbey Tours.
Take a closer look at Highclere Castle and all of the familiar places featured on the show in our Downton Abbey’s Must See Locations slideshow.