A Visit to the Real Downton Abbey

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We’re back from Cornwall, but the exploring hasn’t stopped.

My mom is a big fan of Downton Abbey and we found out that the house used for filming is not too far a drive from us, though after driving to Cornwall, anything seems like a short drive!

So today we went and paid a visit to Highclere Castle, which anyone who watches Downton Abbey will recognise, is where the show is filmed.

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Photography is not allowed inside the castle so you’ll have to trust me that it is a lovely house.

We walked around and toured the house and afterwards went to an exhibit at the house on Egypt, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon being the man who, along with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankamuhn.

We then went and walked around the grounds a bit, which were beautiful. We found the secret garden and had a wander around.

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Though I think Josh especially enjoyed running around on all that nice green grass.

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After we left the castle, we ended up stumbling upon The Swan Inn and had a late lunch.

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The food was great, but perhaps the best thing was the pub had a massive garden in the back, complete with a little creek and lots of grass for Josh to run around and explore in.

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Enough to keep him occupied so that we even managed to order some dessert.

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Which, when dining out with a toddler, is a very rare occurrence indeed.

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8 responses to “A Visit to the Real Downton Abbey

  1. I haven’t seen the show yet, but I’ve heard about it plenty. What fun for your mom!
    And that Josh has SUCH a winning smile. 🙂

  2. Hey, again, Kerry–I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. Find the rules here:
    http://bringingeuropehome.com/2012/07/18/is-there-an-award-for-procrastination/
    Happy Day. 🙂

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