It's Christmas time as 'Downton Abbey' films at Alnwick Castle


As we reported recently, Planet Earth’s favorite British period drama headed to Hogwarts this past week to continue filming for their forthcoming series 5 which will transmit in September on ITV1 and in January 2015 on PBS in the States.

What wasn’t completely clear at the time was that the filming taking place at Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, was for the holiday special scheduled for this Christmas in the UK (traditionally moved to February and aired as the last episode in the season for the PBS broadcast). Fake snow was laid near Alnwick Castle with plenty of wintery white stuff laid on the pavements on Bailiffgate and the outside of one of the Duchess’s High School buildings, which has been transformed into a pub (a.k.a. The Crown and Anchor) for the scene.
 
Christmas in August at Alnwick Castle with Downton Abbey

If you’re headed to Northumberland for a quick tour of one of Britain’s most iconic castles, they have a message for you on their website.

Please note that various areas of Alnwick Castle will be closed or have limited access on July 28 – August 8 (inclusive), due to the filming of a major ITV period drama. Please check the ‘What’s On’ page for details about which events will be taking place on these days, as some are affected by the filming and may have to be cancelled or rescheduled. Some days may require a visitor capacity limit. The grounds are open as usual unless otherwise stated (certain areas of the grounds may need to be closed off at short notice on the day). Please note that some of the State Rooms may be dressed for filming while open to the public on those days. We apologise for any inconvenience.”