the whole day was wonderful for a fan of Downton Abbey - we saw all the sites in the shown in the show - both the village sites as well as the castle itself and heard gossip about the cast from the tour guide who was perfect in that role - she was so informative about the places,as well as the cast.
Very personalized tour. Our guide was fantastic and full of great information. I would definitely encourage anyone to take this tour.
Lynda N H
Good tour, good guide
We loved the tour, especially with our tour guide Tony.....he was the best. Disappointed that the Heirlcer castle was not available...but the tour covered other great sites...
Our guide was excellent. We really enjoyed the whole experience. It added great fun to our experience and travels.
Wonderful,great tour guide and just a wonderful tour.
What made this trip special was our tour guide Andrew. He was extremely knowledgeable not only about Downton Abbey but about London and the surrounding area. We had been on a 4 day musical tour of London prior to our tour to Highclere. The difference in tour guides was striking. We learned so much more from Andrew in a very short time. His knowledge of the Downton Abbey show was nothing short of amazing. He could cite season and episode for everything we saw on our trip and much more we didn't see.
My advice: if you do the tour, ask for Andrew as tour guide.
A full day, a full value, well run; exceeded expectations
A must-do for any Downton fan. Our tour guide, Andrew, was wonderful. He shared not-only information about Downton, Highclere Castle and the other tour stops, but background in general of British history and the English countryside. Our driver was wonderful was well. The coach was very comfortable . It was a lovely day out. Our only wish is that we'd had even more time to enjoy Highclere. That has nothing to do with the tour, only that it was a busy day at the castle so it took a while to get through the house and we wished we had had even more time outside as well to explore the grounds. But it was still Ana amazing experience and we thoroughly enjoyed our day.
We had such a marvelous time. The weather couldn't have been better. Our driver, our dear sweet hostess made it actually very fun. She's from Oxford herself, and we actually drove right by her lovely home. I wish we would have visited the Castle first and then on to the filming locations, but I'm sure that's just my preference. For newbies, a little more information on the pickup point would be more helpful. The personal photographs throughout the castle are so wonderful to view. This truly gives you a sense of history, to see their forebears and then right down to the current family. Beautiful! Just thinking about it gives me chills! I'd do it again in a heartbeat! USlovesUK Judith and James O'Connor
Absolutely amazing. Our tour leader Andrew was not only knowledgeable, but very entertaining and easy going. Our driver was excellent. I have no idea how she navigated those roads so easily. The scenery was exquisite. I particularly enjoyed the town of Bampton and seeing where a lot of the scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. The history behind the buildings is really fascinating.
Highclere Castle was not a disappointment either. All the scenery on the tour was breathtaking. This tour isn't just for fans of the show. I would say anyone with an interest in history and architecture would not be disappointed.
Excellent day with the perfect guide- Tony! Lots of "inside information" that you would never get elsewhere. Highly recommend taking a tour like this to visit Highclere Castle because the information at the castle itself is not that good. Especially if your interest is in Downton Abbey, not so much in the castle.
What a fantastic tour! I had thought the gentlemen traveling with us would be bored as they don't watch the tv show. Luckily, while there were some parts that referenced the show, the tour wasn't all about it. The Palace and its gardens was breathtaking. The fact that it was the boyhood home of Sir Winston Churchill appealed to us all. After we explored the Palace, we sat by the cafe and just enjoyed sitting by the garden in the sunshine. The trip to the countryside along with the very interesting stops made it a thoroughly enjoyable day. Our tour guide, Tony, was marvelous as was his colleague who helped us find just a wonderful place for lunch.
This was a fabulous tour an our guide, Tony, was the best.
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