Alnwick Castle, one of the North East’s largest visitor attractions, featured in Downton Abbey’s 2014 Christmas special as the magnificent Brancaster Castle
The Downton cast and crew spent two busy weeks at the castle July and August 2014, with extensive filming in the castle’s spectacular State Rooms and sweeping grounds.
In the two hour episode, which aired on Christmas Day, Alnwick Castle stars as the lavish location for the Crawley family’s Northumberland shooting party hosted by Lord Sinderby. In fact, Alnwick is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK, second only to Windsor, and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for over 700 years. Combining magnificent medieval architecture with sumptuous Italianate interiors, Alnwick was the perfect choice for the Crawley family’s stay in Northumberland.
Alnwick’s State Rooms boast one of the finest private art and furniture collections in the country, featuring eight paintings by Canaletto and extensive works by Titian, Van Dyck, Turner, and Dobson. Impressive Meissen, Chelsea, and Paris porcelain is displayed in the China Gallery, while the Drawing Room is home to the priceless Cucci cabinets, originally created for King Louis XIV of France.
Visitors to Alnwick Castle in 2015 can explore a brand new Downton Abbey exhibition, featuring photography, costumes, and props from the filming. Group visitors can also enjoy a groups-exclusive Downton Abbey Tour of the State Rooms, as well as tours of the art and furniture collections.
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