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Visit 5 Actual Downton Abbey Filming Sites Now!

For Downton Abbey fans—and there are many at Traveler—the magic of the show is as much about the locations as it is the characters.

As we get closer to the movie’s long-anticipated September 20 release date, a number of tour packages have been announced to get travelers to the filming sites. Viking recently announced that cruise guests can get access to Highclere Castle as part of a special Great Homes, Gardens & Gin excursion, while next year, Belmond’s British Pullman train will begin ferrying Downton die-hards directly from London for private tours of the mansion.

To help Downton followers better plan their movie-inspired excursions, we sat down with Mark Ellis, the location manager for both the series and the film, to find out where the most beautiful scenes were shot, how locations are chosen, and why traveling through England by map is better than using GPS. Read more…

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