What's a Downton Abbey fan to do now that the series is over?
Consider a trip to soothe your sorrows. There are castles and dozens of film locations in Britain, and Gilded Age mansions in the US. There are maps and apps, and even a costume exhibit touring museums around the US. Here are some details.
Highclere Castle, where most of Downton was filmed, is about 72km from London and open to the public 60 to 70 days a year in spring and summer. Advance tickets to tour the mansion are nearly sold out for 2016, though some walk-up tickets are available.
A number of private tour operators offer trips that guarantee access to Highclere.
For a tour without going anywhere, try the Highclere app.
Elsewhere in the UK
detailing 71 Downton locations, nearly half in London, was put together by the United Kingdom branch of Wayfair, the home goods retailer.
Sites include West Wycombe Park, featured as Lady Rosamund's London home at 35 Belgrave Square; the London Charterhouse, used in three scenes; and the Great Conservatory at Syon Park in Brentford, where Lady Mary and Lord Gillingham had tea.
Fangirl Samantha Scott, who works at Stride Travel, a review site for tours and trips, put together a guide to 10 Downton locations, including Bampton church, featured in the wedding of Carson and Mrs Hughes, and Horsted Keynes Railway Station, where many scenes were shot, including Lady Mary's farewell to her husband as he went off to war.
Britmovietours.com offers a variety of Downton-themed tours, including one focusing on locations in London.
And let's not forget Inveraray Castle in Scotland, the setting for the fictional Duneagle Castle, home to the Grantham cousins and the lovely, headstrong Lady Rose. The castle is a bit more discreet than other sites in advertising its connection to the series, but its website offers some details.
Other destinations with no connection to the show are also offering themselves to Downton fans in mourning. In Scotland, Dundas Castle offers a "Downton Experience". Here's the pitch: "Whether you want to live like a lord, cook like Mrs Patmore or just learn how things were done in times gone by, the Downton Experience gives castle guests firsthand experience of life in a grand house."
The Gilded Age
In the US, consider a trip to Newport, Rhode Island, to see the Breakers, the Elms and other Gilded Age mansions. These massive, ornate homes, filled with art and antiques and set on lavishly landscaped grounds, were built and owned by nouveau riche Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Their new money was despised by British aristocracy, but the backstory of Lord Grantham showed how those US dollars were often used to prop up the crumbling world of England's landed gentry: He took his bride, Cora, from one of those rich American families because he needed her fortune to secure his estate. Cora's American mother, played by the inimitable Shirley MacLaine in a few early episodes, lived in Rhode Island.
Other famous Gilded Age mansions include the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, and The Mount, in western Massachusetts.
Dressing Downton exhibition
Do you love drop-waist dresses, elbow-length gloves and festive hats? Get your costume fix at an exhibition called Dressing Downton, now at the Richard H Driehaus Museum in Chicago.