Real Downton Abbey saved from financial ruin as tourist boom fills its coffers

The financial woes of the real Downton Abbey are all history, thanks to TV fans. Stately home Highclere Castle had just 1,022 in the bank, and faced an 11.75million repair bill, before the cameras moved in to film the ITV1 hit. But now it is packed with 1,200 fans a day many from the US and Australia paying 20 to see its lavish rooms.

The trade is further drummed up with a blog by Lady Carnarvon the real lady of the manor sharing secrets of daily life at the house.

Real Downton Abbey Saved From Financial Ruin As Tourist Boom Fills Its Coffers Lifelife: The show has saved the fortunes of Highclere Castle

The house is also popular for weddings and conferences with 15,000 securing the use of the home for the day before food and drink is factored in. Lord Carnarvon says that the success of Downton Abbey has taken the pressure off financially. He said: After the banking crisis and it was gloom in all directions. Then Downton came along and we became a major tourist attraction. It has been a wonderful thing for us.

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And the popularity of the show is also helping to boost Britain s economy3 . A VisitBritain report said a trip to a castle, stately home or famous building is now a top priority for overseas visitors to Britain. Meanwhile writer Julian Fellowes said he might have made further series if the show s younger stars hadn t been so keen to move on to different work.

The young actors joined for the most part as unknowns and now they are known everywhere.

They want to test that, he said.

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  1. ^ ITV (www.mirror.co.uk)
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