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Step Inside Downton Abbey

Step Inside Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey fans rejoice! Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, November 8, for a limited engagement through April 7, 2020.

This immersive exhibition features set recreations, costumes, and exclusive multimedia elements, providing groups with a chance to step inside the world of Carnival Films' global television phenomenon and highly anticipated feature film, which hits the big screen September 20, 2019, in the U.S.

Showcased in two locations at Biltmore, the exhibition transports groups on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, providing an inside look into the world of the Crawleys and those who served them below stairs. It also provides a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian era in which the TV series is set and offer in-depth insight into the remarkable events that shaped the world, such as World War I.

At Amherst, never-before-seen multimedia elements and the series' most recognizable sets and artifacts immerse guests in the social history, culture, and memorable moments from the show. At Biltmore Legacy, groups will get an up-close look at more than 50 of the show's costumes that were worn by their favorite actors, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.

Biltmore marks the fourth stop on the exhibition's U.S. tour, which has received wide critical acclaim and been hailed by the New York Times as "a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself."

"There are many parallels between Downton Abbey and Biltmore's real-life story of the Vanderbilt family, their friends and staff," said Travis Tatham, Biltmore Director of Entertainment and Event Programming. "We know the world of Downton Abbey really resonates with our guests. With Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, we're excited to provide a new, interactive experience unlike any we have had at Biltmore."

Gareth Neame, Executive Chairman of Carnival Films and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, finds Biltmore—an estate rich with history—a perfect home for the exhibit.


"For those only just embarking on the Downton journey or fans who have longed to experience its splendor, this is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in the real sets and get up close to over 50 costumes and artifacts from the series," said Neame. "You can also see the historical context and subject matter behind the show, which you wouldn't see otherwise, and learn more about the society, culture and issues, which led to the stories we told."

Dominic Burns, SVP, Brand Management, NBCU, added that they are delighted to be bringing Downton Abbey: The Exhibition to the majestic setting of Biltmore for the fourth stop on the U.S. tour.

"The beautiful estate, with all of its treasures, will provide the perfect backdrop for our exhibition, which we are sure will hold fascinating appeal to Biltmore members and visitors," said Burns.

Learn more at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.

Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.

Photos courtesy of Biltmore. 

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