What is Downtown Abbey about?
Certainly the castle received its biggest fame after it became the backdrop for Downton Abbey. The TV series was a hugely popular period drama, running between 2010 and 2015. It featured the story of a fictional aristocratic family, the Crawleys, who are heirs of the Earls of Grantham, and their servants. Six seasons covered the period from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, through the First World War, until the final season in 1925. 2019 also saw the release of a movie adaptation that picks up the story in 1927. Highclere Castle featured as the exterior of Downton Abbey, and the great hall, library, music room, drawing room, saloon, and dining room, in addition to several of the bedrooms, were used as filming locations.