Where To Find The Original 'Dark Shadows' Castle
This weekend's most anticipated movie is definitely Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's take on the 1970's soap opera Dark Shadows, about a vampire named Barnabas set free after being imprisoned for centuries. He returns to his ancestral home, where he meets his dysfunctional descendants.
The castle that Barnabas calls home acts like another character in the movie, and on occasion even comes alive. But, sadly, the house doesn't exist in real life. It was built for the movie at Pinewood Studios in the U.K, along with the town that surrounds it, Collinsport. After the movie wrapped last year, the fictional town of Collinsport was torn down, leaving nothing behind for would-be movie tourists.
But, just because you can't visit the castle from the movie, doesn't mean you can't check out the castle from the original series.
Exteriors for the castle in the soap were shot at Seaview Terrace, also known as Carey Mansion, located at Ruggles & Westmore Avenue in Newport, RI. The privately owned house is one of the many grand summer homes built in Newport, along with The Breakers, The Elms, the Marble House, and about 40 others. It was also recently featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters.
To find out more about visiting and touring the homes of Newport, visit NewportMansions.org. To learn more about how the castle sets were constructed for the new movie, check out this video.