Highclere Castle Offers A Real-Life Look At 'Downton Abbey' (PHOTOS)

01/06/2014 12:18 pm 12:18:51 | Updated Jan 23, 2014

If you fancy yourself an anglophile, daydream about aristocracy or have patiently awaited the return of "Downton Abbey," then a visit to Highclere Castle should be in your future.

Home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the castle was constructed in the mid-1800s by Sir Charles Barry. It stands 70 miles east of London on the foundation of a medieval castle. The castle is surrounded by the 1,000 acre Highclere Park.

More recently, the castle served as the inspiration for the hit television show and welcomes fans to tour its hallowed halls. Proceeds from tour tickets go to restoring the castle's rooms and grounds.

Check out photos of Highclere Castle via the Instagram blog!

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