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Where to Watch Downton Abbey: How to Stream the Romantic Period Drama Series

Here is the ultimate Downton Abbey streaming guide!

WHERE TO WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY:

To help you find all the ways you can currently watch the British historical drama Downton Abbey, we’ve compiled a list of how to stream Downton Abbey, where you can watch Downton Abbey for free, where to watch the Downton Abbey movies, and more!

FIRST, LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS: IS DOWNTON ABBEY ON NETFLIX?

Where to Watch Downton Abbey featured image. The photo is of the Crawley sisters (played by Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, and Michelle Dockery).
Where to Watch Downton Abbey. The photo is of the Crawley sisters (played by Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, and Michelle Dockery). Credit: ITV/Carnival Films/WGBH-TV

Sad news, Downton Abbey fans: As of May 31, 2022, it’s no longer streaming on Netflix. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see when or if it returns in the future.

Scroll down for the complete list to find out all the other ways to watch.

THE DOWNTON ABBEY PHENOMENON

Downton Abbey Mary and Matthew
Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) in Downton Abbey. Credit: ITV/Carnival Films/WGBH-TV

Ever since Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey first premiered in 2010 on ITV and PBS’s MASTERPIECE in January 2011, the British period drama series has become a pop culture phenomenon worldwide. The TV series aired for six seasons and had a successful movie with a theatrical release in 2019, with another original film that premiered in 2022.

With its popularity continuing for over a decade and rising, now is the perfect time to watch Downton Abbey for the first time (and see what you’ve been missing!) or re-watch what is a comforting series in these difficult times.

The manners, the costumes, the swoony romances, the award-worthy performances, addictive storytelling with solid scripts, the sets (most notably the now recognizable Highclere Castle), and more all make Downton Abbey one of the best series of the 21st century – helping to catapult the period drama genre into the mainstream.

Oh, and let’s not forget Lady Violet’s (Maggie Smith) hilarious one-liners.

There are six seasons of Downton Abbey and two feature films to date.

THE STORY

The Downton Abbey cast with Highclere castle in the background
Credit: ITV/Carnival Films/WGBH-TV

If you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen Downton Abbey yet, the series follows an ensemble group of characters living inside the Downton property in early 20th century England.

Downton Abbey starts in 1912 with the disastrous sinking of the Titanic (never a dull moment on this show) – leaving the Downton estate without a male heir after the presumed one tragically dies.

The series then follows the lives of the Crawley family and their domestic servants in an upstairs/downstairs way as they all discover that the Crawley’s distant (and very handsome) cousin they’ve never met is the new heir. Romance, conflict, tragedy, comedy, and compelling stories ensue.

The story began in 1912, but time passed quickly, with the first movie taking place in 1927 and the second in 1928.

Sound awesome? Well, here is how to stream Downton Abbey. Enjoy the show.

(For more on Downton Abbey, check out our ultimate guide to the series with recaps – beware of spoilers, character descriptions, and more!)

Note: Availability is as of June 2, 2022, in the United States and is subject to change.


WHERE TO WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY: HOW TO STREAM THE ROMANTIC PERIOD DRAMA SERIES


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AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Good news! If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you already have full access to the Prime Video library, which currently includes the entire Downton Abbey series.

Besides having access to numerous period dramas on Amazon Prime Video (like Poldark and Victoria), you can also use their fast and free delivery service, get some free books, listen to ad-free music, etc.

If you’re not a member yet, you can try their 30-day free trial. After that, it’s $14.99/month.

BRITBOX – GET THE EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS

The best part about choosing Britbox (besides all the other addictive and fabulous period dramas available to watch after Downton) is all the show’s extras and behind-the-scenes footage. It is exclusive to Britbox (and Britbox Amazon Channel), making them the perfect choice to stream Downton Abbey.

Britbox has a free 7-day trial. After that, the service costs $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

BRITBOX AMAZON CHANNEL

If you don’t want to access Britbox through their app, you also pay a monthly fee for the Britbox Amazon Channel, gaining access to numerous British dramas and comedies from the Amazon Prime streaming service.

PBS PASSPORT – BECOME A MEMBER OF YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION

To watch all six seasons of Downton Abbey, you can become a member of PBS Passport, the online streaming service for PBS.

Now, it works a little differently than a regular streaming service because instead of just subscribing, you need to set up a monthly donation (minimum of $5/month) that works as a donation you can list on your taxes.

The service is available on your phones, computers, and smart TVs.

Besides Downton Abbey, there is other great content – including other romantic period dramas like Sanditon and All Creatures Great and Small. If you’re a fan of PBS’s MASTERPIECE, you get to stream episodes early before they release on live TV each week.

Sometimes the TV channel, PBS also airs repeats of Downton Abbey live on television. Check your local station and listings.

PEACOCK TV – WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY FOR FREE

You can stream all episodes of Downton Abbey for free on the Peacock app. All you need to do is sign up for a free account with an email address. 

Downton Abbey is also available on Peacock Premium (for a fee) if you want access to other Peacock content without ads.

THE ROKU CHANNEL – FREE TO WATCH

All episodes are free on The Roku Channel app – just expect to see some ads.

WHERE TO BUY DOWNTON ABBEY ON DIGITAL STREAMING

If you love the series and would prefer to buy it on Digital rather than depend on a streaming service that changes availability daily, you can currently buy the series here:

WHERE TO WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE (2019)

Downton Abbey 2019 movie still
Downton Abbey 2019 movie. Credit: Focus Features/Carnival Films/Universal Pictures

The first Downton Abbey feature film (2019), all about a royal visit, is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

You can also stream it by renting or buying the movie on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Redbox, and DIRECTV.

The cheapest way to watch the Downton Abbey movie depends on if you find it worth using HBO Max or would instead prefer to rent it for a one-time fee.

HOW TO WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (2022) – THE SECOND FEATURE FILM

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Downton Abbey: A New Era (directed by Simon Curtis). Penelope Wilton and Maggie Smith as Isobel and Lady Violet. Credit: Focus Features/Carnival Films/Universal Pictures
Official Synopsis

“From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.”

The new movie’s release date in the U.K. was April 29, 2022, while it was released in the U.S. on May 20, 2022. It was released exclusively to theaters and became available to stream on Peacock Premium on June 24, 2022. You can also rent/buy it on Digital and DVD/Blu-Ray.

The DVD/Blu-Ray was released on July 5, 2022, and is now available!

If it’s still in theaters in your neck of the woods, go and check your local movie times to see the new film on the big screen. It’s a wonderful event worth heading to movie theaters for and is a delight from start to finish.

Returning cast members include Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Tuppence Middleton, Imelda Staunton, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Penelope Wilton, Rob James-Collier, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Michael Fox, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, and more!

New actors in the sequel film include the always brilliant Hugh Dancy and Dominic West!

BUY DOWNTON ABBEY ON DVD & BLU-RAY

Want to own a physical copy for your collection? You can buy the show season by season or purchase the complete series. You can buy the movies separately or as part of a collection with the first film. Check out the photo links below (affiliate links).

DVDDOWNTON ABBEY: COMPLETE SERIES

BLU-RAYDOWNTON ABBEY: COMPLETE SERIES

DVD – DOWNTON ABBEYTHE MOTION PICTURE

BLU-RAY DOWNTON ABBEY – THE MOTION PICTURE

DOWNTON ABBEY: COMPLETE COLLECTION – INCLUDING THE FIRST MOVIE (DVD)

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (DVD, BLU-RAY, 4K ULTRA HD, OR LIMITED-EDITION GIFT SET)

What are your thoughts on Downton Abbey? Do you love it as much as we do? Are you excited about the movie sequel? Let us know in the comments below!


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By on October 4th, 2021

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a writer and digital publisher full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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