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Highclere Castle…aka Downton Abbey!! August 20, 2012

Posted by rrpalumbo in Travel Log.
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While traveling around Europe on a coach bus, my friend Elise got me addicted to the show Downton Abbey. We watched all of season one on our long road trips betweens cities. After we finished that, we were so engrossed that we bought season two and watched that in Oxford! Towards the end of our time in England, we decided to go see the place for ourselves! So Elise and I hopped on a train and took a short cab ride from the train station out to the estate. Here was our first glimpse:

 

We began the day by taking a tour of the house. For anyone who has seen the show, the answer is yes…It looks EXACTLY the same as it does in the series! The library, dining hall, bedrooms, and sitting rooms were magnificent and there were pictures of the family who owns the estate in all of the rooms as well. The owner, Lord Carnarvon, is the grandson of the famous Earl of Carnarvon who played a major part in the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. The house was designed and rebuilt by famous architect Charles Barry, who is well known for designing the Houses of Parliament. Those are just a few highlights of the tour. Highclere Castle has a very rich history and it was interesting to see the real stories behind Downton Abbey. After our tour of the house, we then wandered around the gardens and we ended up in the meadow. There was a never-ending meadow of wildflowers right behind the castle:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After walking around the grounds, Elise and I sat down and enjoyed an authentic cup of English tea! It was definitely one of the best days of the trip, and it was well worth the effort of getting out to the country. Visiting a castle in the English countryside was an experience that I will never forget. It will be interesting to see the new season of Downton Abbey now that I’ve been there in person! I definitely felt like I had been transported back in time during my trip to Highclere Castle! It was a nice relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of the cities that we had become so accustomed to:

 

 

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