Downton Abbey comes to Lacock

The cast of the Downton Abbey movie

Carnival Films' period drama Downton Abbey makes its big screen debut on the 13th September 2019. Sharing the limelight will be Lacock Village in Wiltshire, which was used as a location during filming.

A Downton Abbey location

Both the village and neighbouring Lacock Abbey are in our care, which has helped to preserve their character. As Graham Heard, General Manager explains, “Lacock’s quaint cottages and historic streets made it the perfect stand-in for the village of Downton in the new film.

"The crew didn’t have to make many changes in terms of set dressing - there was a lot of union jack bunting and flags draped out of residents’ windows, and the tarmac was dusted to make it look less modern.”

Stars such as Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Phyllis Logan and Jim Carter were all on set for the filming, but it wasn’t just the famous faces of the Crawley family and staff that descended on the village.

Lacock stars as a film location for Downton Abbey
Mounted soldiers parading through Lacock Village
Lacock stars as a film location for Downton Abbey

Royalty comes to Downton

Set in 1927, the film focuses on a visit by the King and Queen to the Downton estate. Lacock's streets set the scene for a spectacular royal parade through the village, which was one of Producer Gareth Neame’s highlights from the filming:

“The parade scene featured 350 extras including real-life Lacock villagers in period-accurate costumes and 80 soldiers on horseback, plus a royal carriage.

"There was such a sense of occasion and excitement in the village during filming. It would have been impossible to recreate that atmosphere in a studio.”

Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, said “Lacock plays its role beautifully as a part of the village of Downton which somehow we have never seen before.  

"In truth, the scale and colour of the great parade we filmed there was something we could never have achieved on television and, as such, makes a crucial contribution in taking Downton to the big screen." 

As well as sharing the beauty of Lacock on screen, the Downton Abbey filming has also provided tangible benefits to the village. The location fees were put towards refurbishing the village play area, which is much-loved by the local community and visitors alike.


Meet the Producer of Downton Abbey

Four years after it was last on our screens, Downton Abbey returns for its cinematic debut from 13th September. Go behind the scenes with Producer Gareth Neame to find out how the picturesque streets of Lacock in Wiltshire were transformed into a bustling film set, standing in for the village of Downton as it celebrates a royal visit.

" Lacock's quaint cottages and historic streets made it the perfect stand-in for Downton village."
- Graham Heard
Visitors walking along one of Lacock's historic streets

Uncover Lacock's starring roles 

From Downton Abbey to Harry Potter, Lacock Abbey and Village have appeared in many of your favourite films and TV shows over the years. Why not pay a visit and follow in the footsteps of the stars?

Three costumed servants working in a historic kitchen.

Discover real-life stories from stately homes 

If you’ve been hooked by the drama of Downton Abbey, why not delve into the histories of real-life country estates such as Ickworth, Erddig and Dunham Massey? Wander round sculleries, pantries and servants quarters to uncover the stories of footmen, lady's maids, cooks and butlers: from ironing guests’ shoelaces to the dairymaid who married the lord of the manor.

The exterior of Horton Court, Gloucestershire

Make a stay of it 

Do you fancy living like the Crawley family – if only for a little while? From historic manor houses to mock castles, we have several large holiday cottages across England, Wales and Northern Ireland where you can gather family and friends to create some Downton Abbey-inspired memories.

Lacock's playing field was also used as a location for Downton Abbey
A military band on Lacock's village green
Lacock's playing field was also used as a location for Downton Abbey