The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle

HGTV’s Castles on Camera special took us inside Highclere Castle – the real-life estate made famous by 'Downton Abbey' – plus other historic English country homes.

As seen on Castles on Camera, HGTV got an inside look at Highclere Castle, the famous backdrop for the smash-hit series Downton Abbey. The 6,000-acre, 30,000-square-foot estate encompasses a library, a smoking room, six entertaining areas and between 50 and 80 bedrooms. The current owners are George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and Lady Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon.

Fans of the British period drama Downton Abbey are anxiously awaiting the finale of season 4, which airs on PBS this Sunday. Earlier this year, HGTV got an all-access pass to the real Downton Abbey – a grand English estate known as Highclere Castle – for its Castles on Camera special. We were blown away by some of the things we learned about Highclere: Did you know that there are 5,650 books in the library? Or that you can get married there – if you’re willing to fork over $23,000 a day for the site fee? Check out the gallery below to learn more astounding facts and figures about this historic country home.

Need even more Lords, Ladies and lavish estates in your life? Watch the videos below for more behind-the-scenes secrets of Highclere Castle, plus take a tour of Althorp, Princess Diana’s childhood home, and Cliveden Castle, a posh hotel popular with Hollywood stars.

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