Watching Downton Abbey in the States made me super excited about moving to the UK. During all of my hours of scouring the internet about things to do in the UK, I discovered that Downton Abbey was actually Highclere Castle. I went to their website and found that they opened the castle at certain times of the year for visitors to tour. I made a mental note!
After being in the UK for just a few days, I got on the Highclere Castle website and completely lucked out. The tickets were on sale that day and I was able to buy 2. They sold out within a few hours! The date I chose was December 7th. I had to wait 2 months....ugh! So I have been patiently awaiting for this trip. Luckily Season 4 was airing during this time and my excitement just continued to build. To my American friends, I am so sorry that Season 4 has not aired yet...it is coming next month I believe. I could go on and on about Season 4 but I won't for your sake :)
December 7th came.....
Unfortunately, there was no photography allowed inside the castle. But let me tell you, it was a Downton Abbey fan's dream. I literally kept reaching for my camera every five seconds. The first room was the library where a lot of the scenes are shot. The books, the red sofas, Lord Grantham's desk, its all there. The sitting rooms, the bedrooms, all just like you see in the show. My absolute favorite part of the castle...the grand staircase. I felt like Lady Mary walking down those stairs. It gave me chills!!
|Van in his Auburn Gus Bus tee. It was SEC Championship day after all....and we won....and we are going to the National Championship..woohoo!!!|
Can't you just see Lady Mary sitting here?
A few shots from the surrounding gardens....which were just downright lovely.
Are you humming the theme song yet????