Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Carnarvon's castle comes top for TV tourists

Highclere Castle, near Newbury in Berkshire, home to the Carnarvon family since 1679, is apparently one of the Top 5 locations in the UK for what is known as 'TV tourism'. The castle - the setting for ITV’s Downton Abbey series - is apparently the most popular TV film site at the moment.

Much more interesting, of course, is the castle's connection with Ancient Egypt and Egyptology. It was the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who, with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The castle now houses an exhibition that commemorates this event, including some rare antiquities from the 5th Earl's earlier Egyptian excavations. 

Apparently, one in eight Brits, that’s about 12 per cent, have visited a British TV or film landmark. See HERE.

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