Travel ‘Downton Abbey’ style with this exclusive Highclere Castle tour
By Aimee Heckel
“Downton Abbey” fans, prepare to freak out. And not just about the upcoming new season in January.
A renowned manor house in the UK, Ellenborough Park, is offering “Downton” fans a chance to live out their favorite series in the place where everything began. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, guests of this 15th-century manor will get private access to the Highclere Castle.
Yes, the Highclere Castle, where many of the “Downton” scenes are filmed. During this exclusive tour, you will get to walk through actual locations that you watched on the show, from the bedrooms to the saloon.
In addition to the castle tour, the Ellenborough Park guests will visit the Ditchley Park, famous for housing Winston Churchill during WWII. Ellenborough Park is located in the Cotswolds and near the Cheltenham racecourse. The World Travel Awards named Ellenborough Park the UK’s Leading Country House Hotel and England’s Leading Spa Hotel.
Rates start around $2,130 per person, which includes an overnight stay, tour of the castle and park, meals, spa use and other activities. Message [email protected] for more information.
Before you wince at the price, know this: Access to the Highclere Castle is not easy. In fact, the castle and its grounds are currently closed. Other than this special tour, the Highclere website has announced another private tour on Oct. 14 and 24. Click here for tickets and information about these limited tours.
Beyond these few and far between tours, the castle will open to the public for two days for a Christmas fair, Dec. 4 and 5, as well as “public open dates” Dec. 7 and 8. Prebook these limited tickets, too, starting next month.
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