If you’ve been lamenting the end of Downton Abbey and longing to immerse yourself one more time in the blockbuster British period piece, take heart, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition has just extended its stay in NYC, and it offers fans all the historic details and authentic set pieces they could want.
The exhibition connects fans with their favorite characters, costumes, locations and historic events of the era, and showcases never-before-seen footage. The fully immersive experience transports visitors on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, allowing them to peer into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs. From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters, to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, fans have the opportunity to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets. Visitors will even come up-close to over 50 of the show’s official costumes worn by their favorite actors, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.
The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel has teamed up with Downton Abbey: The Exhibition to offer fans a VIP Downton-themed experience, which includes Two E's signature tea service, VIP anytime admission tickets and a multi-media guide to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. Before or after their exhibition visit, guests can indulge like nobility at Two E with Lady Mary's Tea Service, which features a choice of tea, freshly baked scones, Mrs. Patmore's Tea Sandwiches and a selection of decadent pastries ($65 per person). A specially curated tea menu offers black and green teas – identified as favorites of such beloved Downton characters as Matthew Crawley, Lady Sybil and Mrs. Hughes. The Dowager's Royal Tea Service (starting at $80 per person) includes all of the above, in addition to a glass of Taittinger Champagne. Guests can also enjoy perusing signature books about the show such as A Year In The Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions & Recipes and Downton Abbey: Rules for the Household Staff, both of which are available to purchase at the exhibition gift shop. The themed tea’s opening on April 9th was celebrated with an appearance by Downton's own Dr. Clarkson, actor David Robb. Guests were treated to an exclusive meet and greet in the hotel's Two E lounge from 3-5pm, while they sipped their signature teas and feasted on hot scones and lavish pastries. In addition to appearing in all six seasons of Downton Abbey as the Crawley family doctor, David has had a distinguished 45-year career in television and film.
Through September 3rd, 2018. Open daily between 10am and 8pm, including holidays. Tickets: $30 adults; $15 under 12. 218 West 57th Street. www.downtonexhibition.com
Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2pm-6pm.To reserve: 212-940-8113 or TwoE@tajhotels.com