Seeing England's real-life Downton Abbey
Visitors can tour England's Highclere Castle where "Downton Abbey" is filmed.
Glued to your television for PBS' "Downton Abbey" miniseries?
Get ready for withdrawal pangs since the second season of the upper-crust British soap opera ends Feb. 19. But devoted fans can visit its real-life location, England's Highclere Castle.
"Downton Abbey" is filmed at the imposing Victorian pile (more than 50 bedrooms and lavish state rooms). Highclere sits resplendently amid a thousand acres of gardens and woodland, about 70 miles west of London. It's open to the public from Easter to mid-September; see www.highclerecastle.co.uk for details and online tickets.
Or try your luck at winning a trip to Britain, which includes a tour of Highclere and tea with its current aristocratic owners, through PBS' Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes: www.pbs.org/sweepstakes
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