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Park Güell

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Park Güell

Barcelona, Spain

No visit to Barcelona would be complete without a stop at creative architect Antoni Gaudi's modernistic masterpiece, Sagrada Familia, an unfinished cathedral in the heart of Barcelona. A leader in the Catalan Modernism architectural style, Gaudi was obsessed with symbolism and dedicated to the curves and shapes seen in nature. See his work today at Park Guell, a public park atop a hill, which overlooks Barcelona. Here, Gaudi filled a several-acre-sized garden with a plenitude of structures in his inimitable, whimsical style.


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Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

The 12,000-acre estate of Haxby Park in Downton Abbey owes its impressive exterior to Waddesdon Manor. The sprawling country estate in Buckinghamshire, England, was built between 1874 and 1898 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Downton’s Mary calls the house large and rather vulgar; we call it rather divine. 960 1280

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Leeds, England

Leeds, England

Downton Abbey is set in Yorkshire County, with local cities such as Leeds mentioned in the show. The thriving city is home to more than 750,000 people, and can trace its history back to the 5th century, when the Celtic’s Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis," the origin of the name Leeds. 960 1280

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Ealing Studio

Ealing Studio

This West London studio is the oldest continuously operating film studio in the world, says Guinness World Records. Scenes focused on Downton Abbey’s servants’ quarters were shot on the studio’s 3A and 3B stages. 960 1280

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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Welcome to the real Downton Abbey. Since 1679, this sprawling, 1,000-acre estate in Hampshire, England, has been home to the aristocratic Carnarvon family. Tours of the castle include the gardens and woodlands, as well as the state rooms, such as the library, which is home to nearly 6,000 books. 960 1280

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Bampton

Bampton

Many of Downton’s exterior shots have been filmed in the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, England. Among the sites captured on film is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (pictured), a local parish church built in the 12th century. 960 1280

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County of Yorkshire

County of Yorkshire

This historic county in Northern England serves as the fictional location for the series. With its gently rolling hills, the countryside has earned the nickname of, “God’s Own County.” That’s no exaggeration; within its borders, the county contains some of the greenest areas in all of England. 960 1280

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Malton

Malton

Downton’s characters often talk about this North Yorkshire town. The small, ancient locale, which historians say rests on the site of a former Roman settlement, is home to 4,000 people, and includes a cozy, charming market place with a number of cafes. 960 1280

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Rise Hall in Akenham

Rise Hall in Akenham

Downton’s gripping World War I scenes were filmed in Suffolk, near the village of Akenham. While you’re touring this stretch of Eastern England, check out the village: home to just 60 residents, with landmarks such this Georgian building on the site of an ancient manor house. 960 1280

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York

York

This city in North Yorkshire, England, was the site of one of the series’ most dramatic moments: John Bates’s trial for the murder of his wife, Vera. (Spoiler alert: a mutual acquaintance later helped to clear Mr. Bates’s name.) Pictured here is a city landmark, York Castle, a fortified complex build up over 9 centuries. 960 1280

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Greys Court

Greys Court

Shortly after their wedding, Downton Abbey newlyweds Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley went looking for property. Their search led to this picturesque 16th-century mansion, set amid a sweeping courtyard and gardens in Oxfordshire, England. 960 1280

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Wimbledon
Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Want to get a backstage pass at Wimbledon? When the 2-week Grand Slam tennis tournament isn’t in session you can arrange for a behind-the-scenes tour. 960 1280

  

Center Court, Wimbledon

Center Court, Wimbledon

Visitors get to walk right onto Center Court where every Men's and Women's final has been played since 1922. 960 1280

  

Goodwins Court

Goodwins Court

Muggles might notice similarities to Goodwins Court and the fictional "Diagon Alley" in the wildly popular Harry Potter series. The hidden alleyway in Central London dates back to the 1600s. 960 1280

  

Leadenhall

Leadenhall

Another stop on the Harry Potter tour? Bull's Head Passage, located in Leadenhall, which served as the entrance to the "Leaky Cauldron." 960 1280

  

Davenports

Davenports

Davenports is believed to be the real-life "Flourish & Botts," where Harry Potter wizards would get school supplies for "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry." 960 1280

  

Bill Davenport

Bill Davenport

Davenport's is the oldest family-run magic shop in the world, currently owned by Bill Davenport. 960 1280

  

Davenports

Davenports

Hidden under the Charring Cross tube station, just finding Davenports requires a little magic. 960 1280

  

Richard Jones, Harry Potter expert

Richard Jones, Harry Potter expert

Richard Jones, a Harry Potter expert, guides us to Watkins Books. 960 1280

  

Watkins Books

Watkins Books

Fans who stop in the British bookshop can buy Dragon Powder among other memorabilia. 960 1280

  

Truefitt & Hill

Truefitt & Hill

At Truefitt & Hill, the oldest barber shop in the world, men can get a quintessentially British experience with a straight-blade wet shave in the same shop that groomed Winston Churchill and other British luminaries. 960 1280

  

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

There is history all over London, but some of it is literally buried, including Winston Churchill’s War Rooms beneath the Treasury building in the Whitehall area of Westminster. 960 1280

  

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

The military bunkers exist deep underground because they were built to protect England's War Department from getting bombed by Nazi Germany. They also served as the inspiration for the White House Situation Room. 960 1280

  

Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms

Now you can tour the very place that Winston Churchill, England's most legendary Prime Minister, fought WWII and changed history. 960 1280

  

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