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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.


  • 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.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2014

No lunch time allocated, 10hr day with 8hrs spent on the coach, afternoon tea is nothing but a cup of tea and one sweet. Bus driver, driving whilst talking on mobile. Complaint letter sent considering the price

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