Downton Abbey theme coming to Mystery Escape Room at The Gateway – world premiere this summer

Downton Abbey escape room comes to The Gateway
Downton Abbey escape room comes to The Gateway
Downton Abbey escape room comes to The Gateway

NBCUniversal International Studios and Mystery Escape Room will open the first officially licensed escape room experience in the world based on the global television phenomenon Downton Abbey™ . The site at The Gateway is scheduled to open this summer and is being built to closely match the set of the popular series. The “mystery” will be based on the beloved characters from the series.

NBCUniversal has entrusted one of its most popular properties to the care of Mystery Escape Room. The creators’ goal is to transport participants to the world of Downton Abbey in a hands-on, immersive way. In the Escape Room experience, participants will be able to touch the set pieces and interact with each other, as if they were playing characters on set.

“The recognizable surroundings of Downton will act to heighten tension for fans within the well-known experience of mystery escape rooms,” said Dominic Burns, SVP, Brand Management for NBCUniversal International Studios. “This is a growing genre of immersive entertainment and we expect fans of the show to be thrilled and challenged during their visit.”

This world premiere opening is coming this summer and tickets will go on sale around Memorial Day weekend at

“We are very excited and humbled to be working with a media giant like NBCUniversal to bring the drama of the beloved television series Downton Abbey to life in one of our escape rooms,” said Leslie Pardew, owner of Mystery Escape Room. “The show is perfect for the experience because Downton Abbey is such a wonderful place and has such a rich set of characters and stories to draw from. We look forward to transporting our guests into the Downton Abbey world in a truly fun and unique way.” 

“As a hub for specialty interactive experiences, we’re proud to have this addition to our roster of entertainment and art exhibits here at The Gateway,” says Jacklyn Briggs marketing director. “This is a big deal and we can’t wait to invite people down to experience this world premiere event.” 

About Mystery Escape Room: Mystery Escape Room is a premier live entertainment venue and one of the first escape rooms in the US. The company offers a variety of unique and engaging escape rooms focused on family friendly immersive experiences where guests explore themed rooms searching for clues to solve a mystery and escape before time runs out. The company is known as a premier operation and is the recipient of 10 Best of State awards since it opened its doors in 2014 and ranked #1 in Fun and Games in Salt Lake City by TripAdvisor.

Mystery Escape Room is located at The Gateway, 130 South Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City, Utah  84101. Phone: 385-322-2583 Open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Closed Sundays.

About The Gateway: The Gateway is a 1.4 million square foot lifestyle destination in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. Owned and managed by Vestar, the property is in the midst of a $100 million redevelopment—infusing retail and dining, entertainment, modern office space, arts and culture, a boutique hotel, and a full calendar of community-driven events.

About Vestar: As one of the leading privately held real estate companies in the United States, Vestar acquires, develops and manages shopping and entertainment destinations that serve as community focal points. Since its inception in 1989, Vestar has earned a reputation for integrity and responsibility in the fields of retail property development, operations, leasing and marketing. Vestar’s current portfolio of retail properties totals 30 million square feet throughout the western states. For more information, please visit

About Downton Abbey: Downton Abbey aired for six seasons on MASTERPIECE on PBS in the US and reached more than 26 million viewers in its final season, making it the highest-rated PBS drama series of all time. A Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE co-production, the series was written and created by Julian Fellowes and executive produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. The MASTERPIECE Executive Producers were Rebecca Eaton and Susanne Simpson. Downton Abbey is one of the largest UK drama exports of all time, seen in over 250 territories worldwide. With 15 wins and 69 nominations, it is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys. Also, the winner of three Golden Globes, a special BAFTA and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, the series has captured an extensive fan-base worldwide. Downton Abbey the movie is set to be released later this year. The movie is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.