This tour completed our vacation stay in England and it was the capstone event. We were so excited to get to Highclare Castle that we were almost looking past the morning in Oxford. David, our tour guide, gave us a gold star tour of Christ Church College and almost made us forget about Downton Abbey. What a wonderful place of learning and tradition that is observed to this day. Downton Abbey was everything we thought it would be with the added benefit of being blessed with great weather and the chance to explore the beautiful Castle gardens. The bus service and all the touring activity was of the highest standard offering a wonderful experience and lifetime memory.
This by far was the best tour we took while we were in London. This tour was the reason we came to London. My daughter and son came with me, we are all Downton fans.
Our guide Julian was very well informed on all the going on's at Highclere Castle. The only thing that would have improved our castle tour was for our guide to go in with us. She knew all the little details.
We had lunch at a pottery, which was great. On our driving time she gave us great details on the surrounding areas.
Once again thank you for our tour Juliian, you were great.
The Wallace Family USA 9-10-2013
We had a lovely time on the downtown abbey tour, I would highly recommend it. It was awesome such a beautiful place...
Our visit to the castle was a great experience , it is like a dream to us that we got there,
The interior of the castle but mostly the gardens left us speachless
and we thank Viator for the tour. The tour leader was a very interesting-educated person
and so we learnt from him about English history and about the history
of several old buildings to all the way from London to the castle
as well as the history of the Highclere Castle and all its Earls.
Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We visited the town of Bampton and Highclere Castle as noted in the tour description. The ride to Highclere was filled with interesting conversation about the TV show, Downton Abbey, and was peppered with little unknown facts about the actors and behind the scene stories. Our guide shared photos she took during the tv filming and showed us how the TV staging had revised the town buildings a bit. We lunched at a lovely pottery studio where we sat among the flowers and trees. It was a perfect day that did not disappoint.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The guide had excellent knowledge and was able to entertain with his stories and information.
Our tour guide (David) was great and very informative. Visiting Oxford and Downton Abbey was the highlight of our trip.
Make sure to have David as your tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable and incredibly friendly.
our tour guide David was amazing, he is such a fun person and makes history interesting. it makes sense as his day job is teaching school boys but his stories make the trip that much more enjoyable. the tour itself is awesome the places you go on this tour make you want to stay longer but you never really feel pressed for time on this trip. we had a lovely almost 4hrs in Osford which left us enough time to eat at a local pub (the Eagle and Child) and do a little shopping before getting on the bus for Highclere Castle. when you get to the castle we had almost 2 hrs there which was more then enough time to read everything in the house and enjoy the inside as well as have a cup of tea (which i highly recommend) and walk around to take some seriously awesome pictures. there were hardly any people at the house and it felt like we were the only ones there it wsa an amazing trip!!! take this trip if you have the opportunity and fingers crossed you get David as your guide!
The tour was on time and the guide, Paul (I believe), was fantastic. He kept us entertained coming and going. Time allotted at Highclere was sufficient to see all sights and have a snack at the cafe. Thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Tour guide David was outstanding. His great knowledge and insight was apparent the whole day. Plus had a very pleasant personality which everyone appreciated. Would highly recommend this tour.
Tour of Highclere Castle and Oxford was great! Our tour guide was well versed in the history and made the whole day a lot of fun as well. Even though weather did not cooperate, our guide made the best of a very rainy day.
Excellent day was had by all, would not have missed it for the world. Must do the Castle and the Egyptian artifacts down in the basement next tour. And the tour guide was second to none, she was excellent and all the very best to her and husband for the up coming birth of their first baby.
The tour was definitely everything we were hoping for and more. What took the tour over the top was the tour guide we think his name was David. Anyway if we have his name wrong sorry, but we give the tour guide AAA+++ he made the tour. The next time we are in London we will definitely take another tour.
Thank You we had a great time,
Gary and Shammy Velton
Guide David and driver Martin excellent! Very informed trip. Not rushed with a good balance of free time and guided tour. Loved every minute of it.
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