“It’s just like Downton Abbey!”

Many who take the guided tour can associate Tjolöholm Castle to the popular TV series and there certainly are many parallels such as the beautiful lounges where no effort has been spared to achieve a comfortable environment to host the extravagant social life of banquets, hunts and afternoon tea, as well as the interesting relationship between themselves and their servants which today arouses curiosity and surprise. The glory days of the Dickson and Bonde families in their British-inspired Tjolöholm Castle coincides with the era portrayed by the Downton Abbey television series. Even here at a castle in Halland, Sweden were the social etiquettes observed such as the post dinner custom of the ladies retiring to the drawing room whilst the men took a cigar in the smoking room leaving the servants to carry on with their given duties.

Upstairs, Downstairs

In 2018 Tjolöholm Castle continues last years success ”Dresses from Downton” with a new exhibition ”Downton – For better or worse”. The exhibition illustrates the fashion and lifestyle for the gentry and servants on a large estate in the early 1900s, with a focus on love and marriage. The costumes on display were worn by all the leading characters in the television series, additionally there are two two newly created wedding dresses, inspired by Lady Marys and Lady Ediths wedding dresses.

Exhibition and Tjolöholm castle tour

Our themed tour will guide you through the Downton Abby exhibition with interesting facts about the TV series and life at Tjolöholm around 1910. If you have a keen interest in the castle’s history and architecture then we recommend the guided castle tour.

Buy tickets online

To ensure a place on the themed tour, tickets are available for purchase online. Click here to buy tickets.

The themed tour takes about 45 minutes and is held in Swedish however the exhibition descriptions are available in English.

Times and Prices

3 February to 20 May: Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays
26 May to 31 August: Daily
1 September to 11 November: Saturdays and Sundays
16-18 November, 23-25 November and 29 November-2 December: Daily during the Christmas market
8-16 December: Saturdays and Sundays
25-30 December: Daily
Price: 150 SEK, children 5-15 years 50 SEK.