Downton Abbey using Lincolnshire landmark for scenes in new series
One of Lincolnshire’s best-loved tourist attractions is being featured in Downton Abbey - one of the nation’s favourite TV series.
Millions of viewers across the country on Sunday night saw Lincoln Castle make its debut in Downton Abbey as the hugely popular drama returned to screens for its third series.
The castle stood in for York Prison, where, in the drama, John Bates is serving time for the murder of his former wife.
District Manager Will Mason said: “It’s a real privilege to have been selected as a filming location for such a hugely popular television series.
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"Lincoln Castle and its prison are such unique, special places and it’s great to be part of a show that’s seen by millions of people around the globe.
“The filming took place in May, but we’ve had to keep quiet about it until the programme was aired.
"Now the secret’s out, I’m sure we’ll have extra visitors to the castle.
"The crew even left us a few props, which we’ll be showing off. We’re all looking forward to watching the fate of Mr Bates and Anna."
The castle is set to feature in several episodes of the new series.
Downton Abbey is produced by Carnival Films, a division of NBCUniversal.