SPOILER ALERT: Season 5 Episode 3!
So...Lady Mary is being a bad girl again. Season 5's episode 5 of Downton
Abbey follows Lady Mary into the den of iniquity that is Liverpool's Grand Hotel (with Lord Gillingham in an "adjoining room"!).
As many set-jetting Downton Abbey fans know, Liverpool is not just the home port of the Beatles. In Downton Days, Liverpool was frequented by the landed gentry who often spent days in the city's grand hotels prior to embarking on the great cruise lines across the Atlantic.
Liverpool still has one of these wonderful hotels...intact and redolent of a haunting turn-of-the-century allure that only marble walls and grand foyers afford.
The Britannia Adelphi Hotel, turns 101 this year. The hotel was featured in the BBC series, Hotel and has played host to Winston Churchill, Roy Rogers (and his horse Trigger), The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
The grand dame hotel is also said to be haunted. Ghosts have been seen on the Adelphi's third floor...voices have been heard and some even say a demonic presence has been felt there--perhaps it's just Lord Gillingham wondering when Lady Mary is going to make up her mind!
While VisitLiverpool doesn't have a Downton Abbey era page, it does have some iconic images of the "Three Graces": The Royal Liver Building, The Port of Liverpool Building and The Cunard Building--all of which would have been familiar to Lady Mary and her paramour--if they actually ever got out of their adjoining suite and around the city, that is!