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center_img 15. St. Pancras International, Euston Road, LondonIt may not appear on screen for very long, but St. Pancras features in the first episode of season four, as Edith jets down to London to meet Gregson (see point 11). First opened in 1868, St. Pancras is surrounded by other famous landmarks lining Euston Road, including the British Library and King’s Cross Station. Since the completion of the high speed rail link in 2007, St. Pancras International has become not only a major travel hub but also a place for fine lunches and a spot of shopping. For train snacks befitting a Lord or Lady, head to Fortnum and Mason inside the station and swap sweaty cheese sandwiches for smoked salmon on rye bread (£12) or Fortnum’s famous fish pie (£14). 12. Inveraray Castle, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandOne of the few sets not to feature the English countryside, producers headed to the wilds of western Scotland to shoot that Christmas special – Matthew and Mary, their new baby, the car, the endless reams of tissues, lots of crying over the Christmas pud. In 2012 Inveraray Castle, on the banks of Loch Fyne, was transformed into Duneagle Castle as the Crawley’s headed north to visit Rose and her dysfunctional parents, Susana and ‘Shrimpy’. Home to the Duke of Argyll and chief of Clan Campbell, stroll through opulent rooms in this gorgeously grand neo-Gothic castle, explore some of the 16 acre garden, or, in case you’ve haven’t had enough tea and cake, visit their tea rooms for rich refreshment. Tickets cost £10 (£7 for children) but book online beforehand and you’ll save £1. Inveraray is only open from April 1st until the end of October, so go soon or you’ll have to wait until 2016! It’s the Upstairs Downstairs of our generation: for many, Sunday nights just aren’t complete without watching Lady Violet (played by the formidable Maggie Smith) deliver some sharp-tongued home truths, or catching up on the saucy below stairs dramas. For others, news that this season is the last will bring only sweet relief – you’ll soon be freed from any obligation to endure this weekly ritual with your significant others. Either way, you must agree that the filming locations featured in the hit British TV show are exceptionally beautiful!Watch clips and find out more about where Downton was filmed so that you can go and visit some of the locations for yourself.1. Highclere Castle, Highclere, Hampshire, EnglandFirst stop has got to be the Abbey itself – well, it’s less abbey more Victorian castle, but hey, let’s not kick things off by picking holes in the factual accuracy of the show (we may not stop). This beautiful castle sits pretty in the south-east of England in Berkshire, and whilst on screen Downton Abbey is home to the main cast (including Lord and Lady Grantham, Lady Mary and Edith, plus Carson, Bates the rest of the hired help) in real life Highclere Castle is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The family, who’ve lived on the site for generations since 1679, are close friends of Julian Fellowes, author of the series, who had Highclere in mind when creating the show’s primary setting. The castle is open to the public for about 70 days of the year, including two months during the summer and a few days at Christmas, so check their website for dates and times before setting off. Besides feeling like a Downton extra while you sip your tea in the café or ramble through the gardens, there’s also the Egyptian Exhibition here, full of artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb – the fifth Earl of Carnarvon was none other than Howard Carter, the man famed for finding the pharaoh’s final resting place. To get to Highclere head towards Newbury via the M4 or by train from Paddington. ©Kate (deedofthedanes) / Flickr.com14. The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, LondonAnother Christmas Special (2013) and we’re back down south in Kensington Gardens with Cora’s brother Harold, Madeleine and William Allsopp, Martha Levinson and Violet, picnicking in the park in front of the Albert Memorial. This Gothic monument, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861. It’s 176 feet (54 m) tall and took more than ten years to build. See it for free in one of London’s prettiest parks, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace – the former home of the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, which you can also admire from behind the palace gates during your stroll through the greenery. There are a number of London Underground stations and bus stops nearby and the park is open from 6am every day. Fancy following in the footsteps of other famous film and TV stars? Check out these other popular filming locations:Game of Thrones: 38 amazing locations in picturesGo Westeros! 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Bampton, Oxfordshire, EnglandIf you’re barmy about Downton then you’ve got to call in at the charming Cotswolds village of Bampton, a.k.a. Downton Village. Meant to be set in Yorkshire, this chocolate-box hamlet is actually about 20 miles west of Oxford. Wander through cobbled lanes, past the Crawley House, Downton Cottage Hospital, the Post Office and St. Mary’s Church – you’ll recognise it from season three when poor Edith is jilted at the altar by local landowner Anthony Strallan. Once you’re done reminiscing about episodes gone by, stop at Bampton Coffee House for a pot of tea, or The Horseshoe Inn for something a little stronger. It won’t take you long to tour the village, so venture out into the surrounding countryside for some lovely bracing walks, or press on to Woodstock which is just 17 miles down the road. If you fancy staying the night then head to The Vineyard at Stockcross, a luxury five star hotel in Berkshire rumoured to be Maggie Smith’s abode of choice during filming. Related12 James Bond locations: in picturesTo celebrate the release of Spectre this October, here are 12 stunning pics of star locations from overv 50 years of Bond films… for your eyes only.6 places from the UK’s most romantic films that you can actually visitRomantic gestures need not cost a fortune or involve travelling very far. Visit these famous film locations from some of cinemas’ soppiest blockbusters, right here in the UK, and save yourself some cash while winning a few hearts. What’s there not to love? Here’s your ticket to romantic superstardomStar Wars: 12 incredible filming locations around the worldSeeing as it’s Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you and all that jazz), we’ve searched our planet for the most spectacular destinations to feature in the films. Put your Star Wars knowledge to the test and be amazed by what these filming locations look like in real-life!last_img

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