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Downton Abbey 3 Movie Speculation: Potential Cast, Plot & Release Date

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May we have another Downton Abbey movie please? We’re really feeling the lack of aristocratic England and nothing else can fill the void. Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022), the second feature film that followed the six-season series, has left us longing to know what the characters of this perfectly coiffed and tailored world are up to — yet again. And that’s where Downton Abbey 3 would come in.

In the second film, the Crawley family visited the south of France, laying claim to an inherited property, all while enjoying some sun. So, what’s next? Maybe a journey to America? And, perhaps even more importantly, what will Downton be like without the cantankerous Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)?

Was Downton Abbey: A New Era Successful?

In spite of its intriguing story line and lush French locale, Downton Abbey: A New Era didn’t fare as well at the box office . The sequel garnered just $44 million in comparison to the first film’s $97 million. Of course, some of this might boil down to the COVID-19 pandemic’s wide-reaching effects. The first Downton feature arrived in theaters in September 2019, while the second was released in May 2022. 

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Despite this box office performance disparity, A New Era was generally well-received by critics and fans alike . After all, there’s some comfort in returning to this world and its characters. If there’s really a third film in the works, it can’t come soon enough. So, let’s go through, shall we?

What’s the Plot of Downton Abbey 3 ?

According to Downton creator Julian Fellowes, there is potential for another Downton Abbey film — so long as there’s something worth saying. And Fellowes even has some ideas of where a third installment might lead. 

We have our theories, too. For one, it would be interesting to see how Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) transitions into further control of the family pre-World War II. Eventually, Mary might even take on the role of Dowager Countess, after all. Mary’s more mellow, compassionate decisions — ones Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) would never be able to make — have already begun to take shape, especially in the films. No doubt, it would be gratifying to see these 20th-century-appropriate ambitions come to fruition as Mary grows into a loving matriarch. 

Apart from Mary’s ongoing journey, there’s also the possibility of American characters coming to the forefront as the Crawleys open their world to other countries in order to pursue both personal and business relationships. Not to mention, Downton doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, shining a spotlight on everything from the women’s suffrage movement, birth control and the post-traumatic stress and post-war horrors that followed in World War I’s wake. 

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Undoubtedly, the third film would tackle events after 1928, as that’s where A New Era ends. Everything from the popularity of “talkies” — films with sound — and flapper fashion could be on display here. Not to mention, there’s the dark underpinnings of a restless European continent that’s hurtling toward another war. All of this sets a dramatic backdrop for the Crawley family as they attempt to hold onto their place in society. 

According to Fellowes, timing is also critical to launching any new film. The producers would need to know whether enough of the original cast members are available for, or even interested in, creating another film. It would be hard to imagine any new Downton without Lady Mary’s haughtiness or the rock-steady presence of Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), for example. 

Who Would Be in the Downton Abbey 3 Cast?

We would expect (and hope) that all the usual Downton characters from the series and A New Era would return. Of course, the biggest adjustment would be the loss of Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, who passed away in the second feature film. 

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The most integral characters — and actors — we’d expect to return for Downton Abbey 3 include: 

  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary
  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley
  • Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley
  • Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith
  • Brendan Coyle as Mr. Bates
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
  • Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore
  • Penelope Wilton as Isobel Merton

No production would be complete without Daisy (Sophie McShera), Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle), Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) and Tom Branson (Allen Leech) as well. Here’s hoping we’ll see them on the big screen again.

Downton Abbey 3 Possible Release Date

Before we raise hopes too high, let’s be clear: there is no official release date for Downton Abbey 3 . In fact, Downton Abbey 3 is not confirmed at all.

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Diehard fans expect another film. The Crawley family’s story is far from over, and the successful franchise hasn’t slipped in quality. The producers, and Fellowes, all seem open to another film, too. For now, we can only hope there’s something in the works.

Check back here for the latest updates on Downton Abbey 3 , and, in the meantime, be sure to revisit the Crawleys on Prime Video or Peacock.


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Ghost Hunt Newstead Abbey, Nottingham

16 july, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 17 july, 2022 @ 2:00 am.

Nottingham Halloween Ghost Hunt Newstead Abbey

Our Ghost Hunt at the fantastic   Newstead Abbey! Are you brave enough?

Haunted Heritage has the perfect venue for a paranormal investigation.

“Newstead was built in the 12th Century as a monastic Abbey so had over 800 years of history.” It retains its original medieval characteristics and is a beautiful place to visit.

We need your help to discover whose spirits still reside here. 

The abbey was also home to the famous poet, Lord Byron and you will have the chance to wander through his private apartments, the Victorian kitchen and room displays.

Does Lord Byron still reside here? 

After Lord Byron had sold the Abbey in 1818, other families purchased the Abbey and lived in this amazing place. “In its day it would have been a hive of activity so is most definitely haunted!”

Who is the “White Lady” who walks the gardens? And who is the “Rose Lady”? Why do their spirits remain here?

Wander through the chilling rooms and soak up the atmosphere of this once busy house. It takes on a whole new feel when darkness falls…

With many ghost stories, this is the ideal location for a paranormal investigation… what does Halloween have in store for the team as they investigate Newstead Abbey?

“Why not join us on our ghost hunt and see who you will encounter?” 

Experience this magnificent medieval building for yourself and be a part of discovering the families who once considered the house their home. “Use our paranormal equipment yourself to see what phenomena you can capture!”

Guests must be 18 years and over to attend this event

Why not look at our past events gallery and information to find out what is in store when you brave an investigation?

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  If you like this one, why not check out our other paranormal investigations in the area. Ghost Hunt at Holme Pierrepont Hall or   Wollaton Hall 

The History of Newstead Abbey

Contrary to its current name, Newstead was never actually an abbey: it was a priory.

It was built during the 12th Century and even today, some of the original medieval characteristics of the building remain.

It is truly an amazing place to visit with 800 years of history to behold.

In the late 13th century, the priory was rebuilt and extended. It was extended again in the 15th-century, when the Dorter, Great Hall and Prior’s Lodgings were added.

The priory was designed to be home to at least 13 monks, although there appears to have been only 12 (including the Prior) at the time of the dissolution.

During the 19th Century, Newstead Abbey was the home to the famous poet Lord Byron. In 1818, he sold the house and grounds and during the Victorian era, other families resided here.

There is so much history associated with Newstead Abbey and we would love you to join us to discover more about the people who once lived here…

Ghost Hunt Newstead Abbey, Nottingham - past events

Many ghost have been seen at Newstead Abbey. One of the ghosts seen on the grounds over the years is the “White Lady”. She is called the White Lady because she is always seen wearing a white dress. Her ghost is seen in Newstead’s expansive gardens. Another ghost seen at the Abbey is called the “Rose Lady”. This entity is seen in a passageway located at the bottom of the staircase. When the Rose Lady appears she is always accompanied by the scent of roses or lavender that lingers after she disappears.

Lord Byron himself reported seeing a ghost in one of the Abbey’s bedchambers. He was sleeping in a room called the Rook Cell when he was startled out of a sound sleep by the sensation that something had entered the bed with him. As he sat up he spotted a featureless, dark mass that had glowing red eyes. He watched as this form rolled off his bed and disappeared as it hit the floor.

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This October 2023

October & halloween.


Discover Newstead Abbey & Gardens if you dare this Halloween & October half term.

  • Explore the grounds with the ‘ Haunted Houses’  outdoor trail
  • Discover  tales  of  ghosts  with the the  Family Ghost Tour
  • Meet some of Newstead Abbey’s most  famous spectral residents  by exploring the  Historic House at night .
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘ Naughty Gnomes of Newstead ‘ inside the Historic House
  • An outdoor cinema experience like no other with Ghostbusters (12), Beetlejuice (15) and Hocus Pocus (PG)
  • Indulge in  gifts & treats  in our shop & cafés
  • Enjoy leaf kicking  Autumn walks  in  Newstead Park

Join us this October for fearsome fun for all ages!


‘Meet the Ghosts’ evening house tours

Explore the Historic House at night and meet some of its most famous spectral residents of Newstead Abbey.

Dates: Monday 30th October and Tuesday 31st October Start times: 7.30 pm or 8.30 pm Price: £20 per person



Outdoor ‘Haunted Houses’ Trail

Lord Byron lived in the haunted Newstead Abbey, loved to read Ghost stories and was the inspiration for a Vampire story.

Date: During October Half-term Price: £2 (includes goodie bag of spooky treats & trail sheet)

Available from Historic House shop. Site entry & parking charges apply


Family Ghost Tour

With this exclusive 3pm tour, you’ll be able to discover the Historic House and learn about the ghosts of Newstead.

Dates: Weekends 28th & 29th October  and 4th & 5th November .

Time: 3 pm Tour length: 1 hour Price: £12 per adult / Kids go free

Site entry & parking charges apply.


Outdoor Cinema at Newstead Park

The programme for spooky cinema includes Ghostbusters (12), Beetlejuice (15) and Hocus Pocus (PG) with the café open for hot food & drinks.

Book tickets


Café & shop

Get inspired with gifts & treats in the café and shop.

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Autumn Walks

October is a perfect time of year to enjoy the seasonal changes including fiery autumnal colours of the trees in Wollaton Park.

*  Site entry & parking charges  apply. For opening times and charges, please see our visit page .

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Meet the Ghosts of Newstead Abbey

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  • Free soft drink or glass of wine included.
  • Entry/Admission - Newstead Abbey
  • Unnamed Road, Nottingham NG15 8NA, UK
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • You'll start at Unnamed Road Unnamed Road, Nottingham NG15 8NA, UK See address & details
  • 1 Newstead Abbey Stop: 2 hours - Admission included Come and hear the tales that the guides tell each other of the events that have happened to them. The ones that start with YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO ME No costumes or staging just one of Nottinghamshires most Beautiful and Haunted buildings. We will even give you a glass of wine to steady your nerves. Read more
  • You'll end at Unnamed Road Unnamed Road, Nottingham NG15 8NA, UK See address & details

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Most Haunted Buildings in Nottinghamshire – Have you visited any of these places?


  • 19 October 2020

1 Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey might is commonly known as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ Lord Byron’s family home and some say, the ghost of Byron’s pet dog, Boatswain, still wanders the premises today, looking for his master.

The historic house dates to the 12th century, belonging to King Henry VII and was used as a priory for Augustine monks. It is said that one of the monks, the Goblin Friar, never really left and will appear just before something bad is about to happen.

If that wasn’t already enough, the mysterious White Lady is said to still wander the winding paths of the grounds.

2. Clifton Hall

Anwar Rashid, a businessman with a £25 million fortune and a portfolio of 26 properties, bought Clifton Hall in January 2007. The 52-room Hall cost £3.6M and included 17 bedrooms, a gym, a cinema, 10 reception rooms and 10 bathrooms. Rashid made his fortune from a chain of nursing homes and a hotel in Dubai. Thirty-two-year-old Rashid and his family moved into the hall the same month they bought it. From the first day in the house, they allegedly experienced paranormal activity, leading them to believe that Clifton Hall was haunted.

After spending eight months in Clifton Hall, the family moved out of the house in August 2007. They stopped paying the mortgage in January 2008 and, on 18 September 2008, the Yorkshire Bank reclaimed the property.

3. Kelham Hall

Situated in the heart of Nottinghamshire and surrounded by beautiful gardens and parklands you will find  Kelham Hall . The Victorian house, built in 1863, has a rich history as the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family, along with its use as a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks.

Along with the distinct design features of renowned architect Sir George Gilber Scott, it sure is a fascinating place to visit.

But all is not as it seems. Featured on the ‘Most Haunted’ TV series, it appears this house comes with ghost stories to match. From loud footsteps and voices heard when there is no one around, to reports of people being ‘touched’ by unseen hands and shadows haunting the rooms and corridors.

4. The Village, Mansfield

Built in 1802, The Village has served as a slaughter house, a malt house and even a nightclub, but is said to have been based on a site that once contained an old barn.

Mr Merryweather, the owner of the Malt Houses until his death in 1835, was sighted by volunteers who were painting the village ahead of its reopening in 2013.

The name ‘Catherine’ has also been picked up on during paranormal investigations – she is thought to have been murdered at The Village along with her child. Investigators have heard the sounds of a baby crying in the lower rooms.

5. Mapperley Hospital

Mapperley Hospital closed in 1994, but the building now serves as the home of Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust. Ever since the hospital was closed down, the admin staff who now work in the building have been reporting a number of strange occurrences.

Staff often hear their names being called by an unknown, disembodied voice and the spirit of a female has been seen gliding down the corridors. The former ITV drama series ‘Staying Alive’ was filmed in the building and shooting was disrupted several times by the ghostly shrieking.

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Newstead Abbey lies at the heart of Nottingham's many ghost stories.  Formerly an Augustinian Priory and home to 13 monks, Newstead Abbey was converted into this beautiful historic mansion following the dissolution of the monastries in the late 13th Century.  One of its most famous residents is Lord Byron, England's most well known poet.  Newstead Abbey holds many fascinating yet dark and foreboding secrets involving greed and murder.  The ghosts that have been seen here over the centuries are numerous, in fact Lord Byron himself reports sighting of ghosts whilst sleeping.  Many of the ghosts and spirits encountered in this vast mansion are female, yet there is also the presence of a strong male entity who is thought to have unfinished business.  With so much history and so many areas to explore, this ghost hunt is set to be unique in so many ways.

During our ghost hunt we have permission to explore Lord Byron's private appartments, the old kitchens, servants quarters, tunnels and so much more.  This is set to be an intense night of discovery in so many ways.

History of Newstead Abbey

After the dissolution of the monastries in the 13th Century Newstead Priory was rebuilt into a beautiful historic house set in a magnificent landscape of gardens and parklands and in the heart of Nottingham.  It is famous for its resident, famous poet, Lord Byron who resided at Newstead Abbey from 1808 to 1814.  With its extensive rooms this Abbey was definitely built to impress and still does to this day.  It has many visitors who flock to this beautiful monastic building to absorb its wealth of history.  As big as it is Newstead Abbey is much loved by all those who work here and care for this magnificent building.  

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