‘Downton Abbey’ Location Spotlight

'Downton Abbey' filmed in the Yellow Drawing Room at Harewood House

In cinemas Friday 13th September

The much loved period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ will be delighting fans on the big screen for the first time, along with a spectacular showcase of some of Yorkshire’s most iconic filming locations, when it arrives in cinemas this week.The worldwide hit TV series aired on ITV from 2010 to 2015, following the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family and their downstairs servants, set at a Yorkshire country estate. The feature film shot at locations in the region last summer, including North Yorkshire Moors Railway, (including Pickering Railway Station), Wentworth Woodhouse, Little Germany in Bradford, Harewood House and Dalton Mills in Keighley, whilst Highclere Castle in Berkshire continues to serve as the key country house location.

Filmed in Yorkshire with support from Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office.

It was an absolute privilege to come back to film in Yorkshire and it looks remarkable on the big screen; from the stunning North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the opening scenes, to the lavish Ballroom sequence, which we filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse.

Mark Ellis, Supervising Location Manager on ‘Downton Abbey’

The 'Downton Abbey' Ballroom scenes were filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse

The variety of locations that Yorkshire has to offer is second to none; the industrial streets of Little Germany in Bradford are a real contrast to the opulence of stately homes like Harewood House. One of the ‘Downton Abbey’ locations that stands out is Pickering Railway Station which doubles for London’s Kings Cross. To have such a well-preserved period location of that scale is truly unique.

Mark Ellis, Supervising Location Manager on ‘Downton Abbey’

What makes it such a joy to film in Yorkshire is the film friendly attitude wherever you go. From Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office to the staff at the locations where we filmed, everyone was hugely accommodating and switched onto the needs of a film crew.

Mark Ellis, Supervising Location Manager on ‘Downton Abbey’

'Downton Abbey' - In cinemas from Friday 13th September