Reel Life: See what it’s like living in Downton Abbey
FEB 5, 2016 | By Aditi Sharma Maheshwari
(No spoilers ahead…) Play Lord or Lady Grantham for the day and relive the roller coaster moments of the World War 1 era family in the location where it was shot.
Remember to carry your walking shoes – an hour and a half away from London, the sightseeing begins in the charming Oxfordshire village that is represented as the Downton Village on the famous TV show. Here, you can reminisce the life of Charles Blake, the government employee sent to advise Downton on how to survive changing times or Lady Mary, who took over the estate following her husband Matthew’s death.
Explore the hospital, village pub that was the usual haunt of locals, former home of Matthew Crawley and the church. Once inside, tourists can glide through the monumental Highclere Castle of the Granthams. Hear your voice echo in the expansive halls and meander through the salons, library, bedrooms and music room; places that witnessed many family feuds, Matthew’s paralysed life, Robert’s escapades among many others.
The locals too are more than willing to share the wonderful history of the place and recite incidents related to the actors. To complete the experience, stroll through the decorative gardens and surrounding woods to truly be a part of the extraordinary Downton Abbey world.