Millions watch Alnwick in Christmas Day finale of Downton Abbey

A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.
A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.

Alnwick Castle has again taken centre stage on primetime television on Christmas Day.

For the second year running, ITV's blockbuster series Downton Abbey used Alnwick Castle as one of its locations for its Christmas Day feature-length episode.

A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.

A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.

The magnificent fortress was the setting for the fictional Brancaster Castle, where the marriage of Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) to love interest Bertie Pelham (Harry Hadden-Paton) was announced in the last ever episode of the award-winning period drama by Julian Fellowes.

Viewers were treated to a series of scenes of Alnwick Castle, both from the outside and within the fantastic state rooms, including the opulent library.

There were fleeting glances of other locations around the town and St Michael's Church hall popped up towards the end of the programme as the venue for a public meeting about the future of the hospital.

Another North East venue, Beamish Museum, also played a cameo role in one of the street scenes.

A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.

A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.

Tourism chiefs will be among those delighted with the continued exposure of Northumberland and one of the jewels in its crown, Alnwick.

Last year, the drama attracted an audience of 5.8million and was declared a real boost for the county's tourism industry.

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A scene from Downton Abbey's Christmas Day episode set at Alnwick Castle.

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