Major costume drama being filmed in Alnwick

The Downton Abbey cast. Picture credit ITV
The Downton Abbey cast. Picture credit ITV

Major ITV drama Downton Abbey is being filmed at Alnwick Castle and Hulne Park over the next week.

State rooms at the attraction are closed today, and at various times over the next few days, while film crews shoot the popular series, which stars Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith.

A statement from Northumberland Estates said: “We can confirm that Alnwick Castle and Hulne Park are two of the locations to be featured in episodes of a well-known ITV drama series to be shown later in the year.”

The Duke of Northumberland said: “As we know from experience, filming somewhere like Alnwick Castle can be very disruptive but when we received ITV’s enquiry, my wife and I felt that we could not miss the opportunity for the castle and town to be associated with such a hugely popular drama series, and we consider it a great honour to be asked to participate.

“Our apologies go to those few visitors who may be inconvenienced during the short time that the state rooms need to be closed. We will try and make their visit to Alnwick Castle an enjoyable one regardless.

“We believe this project will benefit the region and further enhance Alnwick’s international appeal.”

Soverign Taxis tweeted ‘Start of another busy day with the Downton abbey crew. — at Alnwick Castle’ this morning.

The Estates were approached by ITV last year as a potential location, with filming taking place from August 8.

During this time there will be periods when a number of the State Rooms at the Castle will be closed to visitors. Details of these times and alternative arrangements are listed on the Alnwick Castle website.