Downton Abbey Estate Highclere Castle Hosts Weddings, Private Events
The magnificent estate that serves as a backdrop for all the drama on PBS's Downton Abbey is actually Highclere Castle located in Newbury, U.K., and available to the public for weddings and other private events.
But much like the Crawley family learns, it's anything but cheap to be at Downton. For around $24,069 (not including tax), you and your beloved can play Mary and Matthew in front of family and friends,
Although the Dowager Countess doesn't come with the venue, weddings at the Castle can accommodate 140 guests in the Victorian Library, while marquees adjacent to the Castle can hold up to 400.
But it's in the Saloon – which is licensed to hold civil ceremonies – where the made-for-television magic becomes reality. After preparing for her big day in a Castle bedroom, the bride then begins her show-stopping trek down the aisle.
As the ceremony begins, she'll walk around the gallery above the waiting guests, giving them just a peek. Then, she walks down the sweeping Oak Staircase to meet her groom.
You don't even have to a bride-to-be to have your Downton moment. The historic estate is also available for company events and private parties. Snack on canapés and indulge in Champagne while celebrating a loved one's birthday or an engagement.
The Dowager Countess wouldn't want it any other way.
Check out this couple's highlight reel from their wedding at Highclere Castle.