downton abbey

Those of you in the USA who, like me, are Downton Abbey fans, will be eagerly anticipating viewing the new series which begins after Christmas. In Britain we have seen the new season, creating a greater desire in the home market to visit Highclere Castle this summer, where much of the filming is done. The demand for these tickets is very high because of the relatively short opening season, and the popularity of the series. The summer tickets will be available from February at http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/. If you are coming to the UK next year and know the dates you will be here, I urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.

I would be very pleased to take you to Highclere this summer, which can be combined with a visit to the lovely Oxfordshire village of Bampton. This picturesque and quaint hamlet, on the edge of the Cotswolds, is used for filming sequences set in the fictitious Downton village. The picture above is from a postcard of the early 20th century showing St Mary’s church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were married, in the series.

To round off your day, you can have a traditional English cream tea in the village, a tradition that has changed little since the 1920s.