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About Downton Abbey
Popular ITV series Downton Abbey is filmed in Hampshire at the Highclere Castle estate to the north of the county.
The drama follows the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at a fictional Yorkshire estate called Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle). The series was first set in the post-Edwardian era and charts the trials and tribulations of its characters through to the 1920s.
Filming Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind when he was writing the first series. He was a long time family friend of the Carnarvon family and he wanted a house which testified to the confidence and optimism of the Edwardian period
The Castle and its grounds double as the Downton estate, with scenes shot both internally and externally. Each year the cast and crew return for several weeks to carry out filming. The servants’ quarter scenes are shot in a studio, whilst the village scenes are filmed in Bampton, Oxfordshire. The surrounding north Hampshire and Berkshire countryside have also been featured over the years.
Having spent around fifty days a year shooting Downton Abbey at Hampshire's Highclere Castle, I have seen what the county has to offer. With its good transport links, spectacular scenery and great locations it really is a joy to film in the area.
Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim since it first aired in 2010. It has won a series of top awards including Golden Globes, Emmys and BAFTAs. It has also become the most watched television on ITV and has become the most successful period drama on TV since 1981.
Film Hampshire assisted with queries from the crew during the filming of Downton Abbey series 5. Highclere Castle is also a registered Film Hampshire location.