The popularity of recent television series and movies like “Downton Abbey” and “Paddington” has inspired Anglophile-focused travel ranging from costume exhibitions in the United States to castle tours in England.
Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C., has a “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” exhibition of 45 elaborate costumes from the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” on display through May 25. Visitors have noted that the Biltmore bears a resemblance to Highclere Castle in England where much of the series is filmed, and the costumes on display range from country tweeds to beaded and lace evening attire staged in 19 rooms, along with film stills (the exhibition is included in the price of admission to the estate; from $47 for adults).
Viking River Cruises has a three-night cruise extension to the Victorian Gothic-style Highclere Castle, where visitors can wander through the castle’s public rooms, take a private tour and have some Champagne ($1,499 a person during August, October and November).
In the wake of the success of the recent movie “Paddington,” as well as the Paddington Trail, which attracted over 675,000 visitors in London, hotels are offering Paddington-themed family packages. The Edwardian-style Draycott hotel has a “Get Lost in London With Paddington” package featuring afternoon tea, a bus tour and a keepsake bear (rates from £715 pounds a suite, or about $1,040 at $1.45 to the pound). The Lancaster hotel’s Paddington package includes a Frisbee, an activity book and plush robes (rates from £259 a night).
And in honor of what would be Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday in September, a literary crime festival with a vintage twist will be held in Torquay, England, in September. A bespoke walking tour, including strolls through Christie’s West End, is offered by Guided Walks of London.