Where are we?

Our Flying Unit travel the length and breadth of the country each year, capturing some 50,000 aerial images covering 40,000 km2 of Britain’s urban, rural, moorland and mountain terrain. 

Our planes are two Cessna 404s called G-TASK and G-FIFA and they each fly with a highly-detailed digital camera – probably one the highest resolution cameras in the country – at 196 megapixels, which allows us to take high resolution images even from the skies. See this example below:


The team have the chance to capture some unusual sights – from a Singapore Airlines plane passing over Wimbledon to the Lady of Northumberlandia, but the image above was particularly timely. It captured a well-known landmark at the same time as filming was taking place for a popular TV drama.

Can you tell us the real and fictional names for the location shown? Send your answers in on the blog or by Twitter to @OrdnanceSurvey by Friday 1 August at 5 pm and we’ll draw two lucky winners to send an Ordnance Survey branded umbrella.

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48 Responses

  1. Neil

    Ah, yes – the 21st Century Upstairs Downstairs. I have no OS brolly, but I already have a thinkWhere one – so I guess my life is complete 🙂

  2. Paul Beresford

    The location is Highclere Castle (Hampshire) and is the fictional location of Downton Abbey. Grid Ref SU4463358796

  3. Peter Foster

    To answer this is really no hassle
    It’s quite clear to be Highclere Castle
    Also known to those on TV
    Downton Abbey is what we can see
    As a prize I don’t want lolly
    I’d be happy with a new brolly

  4. Andy Brentnall

    Highclere Castle used for the filming of Downton Abbey. Could do with this, got a couple of do looking treks coming up!

  5. Westonbirt Geography

    It’s Highclere Castle, ancestral home of the Earl of Canarvon but aka Downton Abbey home of the Crawley family.

  6. Nigel Pepper

    It is Highclere Castle which as well as being Downton Abbey was also Totleigh Towers in Jeeves and Wooster

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