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'Downton Abbey' premiere viewers, sweeps entrants send strong message to PBS

The fictional home 'Downton Abbey' is in reality Highclere Castle. And you can win a trip for two to vist it this year from PBS.
The fictional home 'Downton Abbey' is in reality Highclere Castle. And you can win a trip for two to vist it this year from PBS.

The "Downton Abbey" premiere broke the PBS ratings record and sent a strong message to PBS that was 10.2 million visitors strong, according to a Jan. 6 report from USA Today. And that message is being repeated in the 2014 Masterpiece Sweepstakes offered by the Public Broadcasting System, which is giving away a 5-day, 4-night trip for 2 U.S. or Canadian adults to travel to Great Britain and experience a VIP reception at Highclere Castle.

Highclere Castle and the families living within its fictional walls dominate the popular drama series that entered its fourth season this month and continues to draw fans who relish watching the 1920s drama that unfolds within this household. And the real estate, which boasts hundreds of rooms too numerous for the owners to even count (they say), will be one of the sites visited by the winners of the Masterpiece Sweepstakes this year.

So if you want to move from television or computer screen into physically seeing the real height and breadth of the "Downton Abbey" set, click here and enter the 2014 Masterpiece Sweepstakes opportunity that others are trying to win.

10.2 million visitors watched the PBS Season 4 premiere show, so you already know you have stiff competition to win the almost-week-long trip abroad, which will include round-trip domestic class airfare, a reception hosted by Lord and Lady Carnarvon, the author of Lady Catherine, The Earl, and the real Downton Abbey, and a private tour of one of the retail shops featured in season two (Selfridges & Co.).

Fans of the popular drama featuring Lady Mary, Violet Dowager Countess and Lord Grantham, to name a few, will also receive overnight accommodations at two different establishments, including one near Highclere Castle.

A tour of the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the London Museum is also included. The contest ends in March and the trip must be taken between select dates in July and August of this year. But television viewing fans can continue to keep up with the Crawleys and the Granthams each week until they learn if they will be possibly be visiting them in person, or at least visiting the home that defines them.