Visit Highclere Castle even though ‘Downton Abbey’ is overLady Fiona Carnarvon
(CNN) – Fans around the world were distraught when “Downton Abbey” ended its sixth and final season.
Aunt Violet, Carson, Lady Mary, Spratt and others left a sizeable hole when author Julian Fellowes decided that Christmas 1925 would signify their swansong.
Arguably the most famous character in the show is still going strong, however: Downton Abbey itself, in real-life Highclere Castle, 70 miles west of London in the English county of Hampshire.
Home to the earl and countess of Carnarvon, the main house was remodeled by Charles Barry in 1838 to become the imposing building now known to millions.
It’s only open to the public 70 days a year, with tickets proving hugely popular, but special events and parties also allow guests to experience the house and grounds first hand.
Even though “Downton” is no more, here are seven reasons to visit Highclere and channel your inner Lord and Lady Grantham:
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