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Originally published February 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM | Page modified February 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

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Seeing England's real-life Downton Abbey

Visitors can tour England's Highclere Castle where "Downton Abbey" is filmed.

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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

Kristin Jackson/Seattle Times

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