As you must know, I have been visiting family friendly places over the summer and posting about my experience. We have been to theme parks, castles and parks/open spaces to check out exactly how family friendly they were and then write about how we enjoyed it.
I am constantly on the lookout for places that we, as a family, can enjoy our holidays or even a weekend.
I was recently sent some information about these family friendly places and thought it would be interesting.
With season five of one of the most acclaimed dramas on television returning to our living rooms this Sunday, HouseTrip, one of the world’s largest holiday home rental websites has put together the ultimate Downton Abbey location guide to help diehard fans and their families prepare for the next season to kick off.
From the local Downton Village to Lady Sybil and Branson’s bolthole, step back into the post-Edwardian era and take a glimpse into the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family. Spend the day exploring locations where your favourite characters have played out some of the most memorable historical events and return to your own holiday apartment to sit back and relax and enjoy your favourite Downton Abbey episodes.
There is no better place to start your trip than exploring the castle that plays the role of Downton Abbey. Take a tour around Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Set on 1,000 acres of parkland, you will be immersed in the glamour of the Victorian manor that played host to the family since 1679. Here you can experience Downton life in style, from sipping tea in the café to a stroll through the gardens you will recognise settings from your favourite Downton moments.
The Carnarvon Arms
The recently restored coach house plays host to British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and makes the perfect base for the cast during filming. Just minutes from Highclere Castle, you can take time to feast on gourmet pub dishes and keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Matthew or Carson at the bar.
Take a stroll around the picturesque villages used to represent the world of Downton. The Oxfordshire Cotswolds are home to locations such as St Mary’s Church host to a number of Downton events, the Churchgate House, used as the Crawley family home and the Old Grammar school.
Lady Sybil and Branson’s Bolthole
While visiting the beauty of the Cotswolds, take a step back to series two where Lady Sybil eloped with the chauffeur, Branson. Wine and dine at the Swan Inn, a boutique pub which makes for an idyllic base to explore the area and see where the scandalous romance unfolded.
Bates’ prison cell
Visit Lincoln Castle and see the cell John Bates was locked up in for murder in Season Three. After you’ve had your Downton Abbey fix, view the Lincoln Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest to brush up on your British history. The 3th century document protects England’s forests from the aristocracy.
Finish your day off with a tour of the property used as the home of the Dowager Countess. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1720’s you can walk in the steps of Maggie Smith by enjoying a tea in the Downton Room.
Night on the town
The younger Crawleys certainly know how to put their hair down and throughout the series took the opportunity to enjoy the excesses of life in the capital. Lady Rose in particular was a fan of the jazz scene, which continues to thrive. Visitors can get a taste of the London jazz circuit by visiting 606 jazz café in Chelsea, or the Vortex in Dalston
A royal affair
Whilst Lancaster House may have been used as a stand in for Buckingham Palace in the 2013 Christmas special, a visit to London will allow you to see the real thing and revel in the finery that the Crawley family would certainly be used to.
If you think you may like to stay in any one of these lovely places (and I am sure you do) visit Housetrip for more information on how to book. The prices are also pretty reasonable too.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just thought it would be good information for my readers.