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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Spend a day in the picture-perfect Oxfordshire countryside, visiting villages, pubs and manor houses used as filming locations in the hit ‘Downton Abbey’ TV series. While Highclere Castle (the site of ‘Downton Abbey’) is not visited, the tour showcases the program’s other significant sites. Explore Bampton – the set of Downton village – and Kirkbymoorside on a walking tour, enjoy lunch at Downton Place (own expense) and then finish on a high note with afternoon tea at Dower House, home of the Dowager Countess.

Highlights

  • Downton Abbey film location tour of Oxfordshire from London
  • Hear insider gossip about the hit TV series and characters like Lady Mary Crawley
  • Visit Bampton, the quaint parish set as Downton village
  • Explore quintessential Oxfordshire villages with thatched-roof cottages and leafy streets
  • Stop for lunch in a 16th-century manor house that was used as Downton Place
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Dower House, home of the Dowager Countess

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a must-do trip for any Downton Abbey fan! Instead of spending time at busy Highclere Castle, see the other important locations used in the period drama and enjoy an afternoon tea – just like the Countess!

What You Can Expect

‘Downton Abbey’ TV Locations Tour of Oxfordshire from London

Downton Abbey TV Locations Tour

Meet your guide in central London and then hop aboard your luxury coach for your journey to Oxfordshire, roughly 1.5 hours away. Known for being a county of idyllic villages, Oxfordshire was chosen as a key filming location for many of the outdoor scenes in the hit Downton Abbey TV series.

Stop in Bampton, the parish that was set as Downton village, and admire its cute thatched-roof cottages, surrounded by the rolling Oxfordshire hills. Embodying a well-heeled Edwardian village, the place is awash with sites used as filming locations, and you’ll see the best ones on your walking tour. Pass Downton hospital – of which Lord Grantham was a patron – and then visit the village pub, from where Lady Sybil eloped with the charismatic family chauffeur.

Travel by coach to Kirkbymoorside to see a second Downton Abbey pub, and then stop for photos outside the local church that was visited by Matthew and Lady Crawley during the program’s second series. Continue to Downton Place, the 16th-century manor house that the Crawley family planned to live in should they have been forced to sell Downton Abbey. Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense), and then spend some time at leisure, strolling around the picture-perfect grounds.

Hop back on board your coach and travel to Dower House, home of the Dowager Countess, and sit down to enjoy afternoon tea (sandwiches, cakes and tea) in the Downton Room. Chat about the series with your guide and group, and then relax on your journey back to London. Your tour then finishes at the start point in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

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.


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2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2014

First off, we really, really appreciated the fact that the tour guide, Steve, waited for us and about 4 others at the station since some lines on the Tube had been closed for the weekend, and we were wandering all over the Tube trying to get to Gloucester Road station.
The bus was not comfortable at all. We were packed like sardines into our seats and that wasn't helped by the fact that our seat mates were quite large. i literally had bruises the next day from being pushed against the arm rest.
My biggest complaint about this trip was that smoking was allowed during the tour. Every time we got off the bus and during the walks or discussions, the other passengers smoked continuously. I'm not talking about one or two people standing in the background, but at least half a dozen who were standing in the middle of the group. Since this was our first English tour, we thought that it was allowed. It wasn't until the end of the tour when I asked a fellow passenger about it, that I was told they'd never had tours with smoking being allowed.
Our tour driver was given incorrect directions from "the main office", and we drove around quite a bit while the correct locations were found. Granted the countryside was lovely, but I did tire of seeing the same intersections again and again especially since our seats were so uncomfortable.
The tour itself was fine, and the hostess at the Dower House was enjoyable. But because we got lost so many times, our time was limited at the sites.
I would not take this tour again nor would I recommend it to others.

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