How best to come calling at Downton Abbey?
January 10, 2013 6:31 AM Subscribe
has become quite famous due to the success of Downton Abbey
. As a result, the castle is open to ticketed tourists on particular days over the year, mostly the summer. Now, this is all well and good, but for folks visiting from across the Atlantic, a loaded question arises:
Given that Highclere in and of itself is a very small village, which of the surrounding cities would serve best as a base of visiting operations for a day or two?
posted by grabbingsand to travel & transportation around Newbury, England (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Newbury is nearest, Reading isn't too far, Basingstoke has a hilarious name. For visitors appreciative of the walking-around charms of York or Edinburgh, for shops, great pubs and history, where might a native or experienced traveler recommend? (Note: Optimally, we'd be coming from Heathrow the same day, spending a couple of days, then heading on by rail to Wells Cathedral (via Castle Cary) to the west.)