- 2-day southern England tour from London including Downton Abbey TV locations
- Explore Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds and Oxford with an expert guide
- Visit popular English attractions and UNESCO-listed sites such as Stonehenge
- Hear little-known tales about the cast and crew of Downton Abbey while visiting Bampton village
- See Oxford University’s Christ Church College that appeared in several Harry Potter films
- Enjoy overnight 3-star hotel accommodation in the city of Swindon near the Cotswolds
- Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included
What You Can Expect
Leave central London, and relax on the journey to Runnymede to see where the Magna Carta — the 13th-century document that paved the way for modern-day democracy — was signed by King John. Visit the John F Kennedy Memorial, and continue to Windsor, the royal market town that's home to Windsor Castle.
An official residence of the Queen, the castle blankets some 13 acres (5 hectares) with some impressive sights. Head inside and see the State Apartments, St George’s Chapel and more while hearing about the castle's history. After exploring, take a a break for lunch (own expense), and travel west to Stonehenge, England’s UNESCO-listed stone circle. Dating back to the Neolithic period, the circle is shrouded in mystery with many theories circulating as to how or why it appeared. Walk around the stones with your guide, listen to the speculation, and make your own mind up about the site’s existence.
Continue to the city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site with the highest concentration of ‘listed’ (historically significant) buildings in Britain. Admire the 18th-century architecture as well as the Roman Baths — the city’s premier attraction. Finally, leave Bath and travel the short distance to Swindon to check into your hotel. Dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel or in town (both at own expense).
Overnight: 3-star Jurys Inn Hotel in Swindon
Day 2: Bath – Downton Abbey filming locations – Oxford – London (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and travel back to the limestone hills of Oxfordshire where much of the filming for Downton Abbey was shot. As you travel, listen to your guide’s tales about the popular British period drama and of the scandal-hit Crawley family, around whom the series is based.
Stop at a farm in the hills near Cogges and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in its rustic cafe before discovering a few of the farm’s filming locations. Continue to the Cotswold village of Bampton that featured as Downton village. On a walking tour, see the village church, where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley, and the fictional Grantham Arms pub.
Travel to the village of Shilton with its stone footbridges and wells, and learn how the Old Ford was transformed into the Red Lion pub where Mr Bates once worked. Stop for lunch (own expense) at the Swan Inn in nearby Swinbrook where Lady Sybil eloped with the Crawley family’s chauffeur Branson, and then continue to Oxford.
Explore the famous University City with your guide, admiring its caramel-colored buildings and towering spires. Strike a pose for a photo outside Christ Church College and learn about its Great Hall that featured in several of the famous Harry Potter films. Enjoy free time to perhaps visit the college independently (own expense), and then meet back up with your guide and travel back to London, where your tour concludes.
Great tour. Mike was a wonderful guide, very knowledgable and went the extra mile to make the trip easy and convenient for us.
Tony was a great guide. Super knowledgable. He's extremely easy going and a great driver too. I'm very happy we decided to take this tour. It was worth every dime. I highly recommend it.
Fantastic Guide and Friend - MIKE
Fantastic group - Peter and Jane and 2 Beautiful Ladies
Fantastic Tour and Sight excursion
Fantastic Trip... Sums it all.
This was such an excellent tour! I would recommend it to everyone who has a short time in England. It is a lot to see in 2 days, but was extremely fun. There were 11 people on our mini van and our guide Tony Lawless was funny, fun and just all around great. I would do this trip again.
Only three of us on this tour so we were so lucky to have Andrew as our almost Private guide and his knowledge of all our stops was astounding.Our driver Jose was very friendly and made our tour very comfortable.Hotel excellent and all in all a very enjoyable interesting,informative tour .
I highly recommend this tour for those with limited time in UK. By starting and finishing in London it gives a taste of big city, and during the tour you get to taste rural and village life too. Andrew was a tremendous guide. Very knowledgeable on the local sites, geography and history. His presentation was professional, while being relaxed and friendly. The small coach meant a close intimate experience for all, and everyone had a window seat.
We had an amazing trip due to our guide Andrew. He had so much information
about all our stops and was a pleasure to interact with. Thankyou
Our guide Andrew was fabulous - incredibly knowledgeable.Tour proceeded like clockwork. Very well organized.
This trip was everything that was advertised and more. The tour guide (Andrew) was knowledgeable and ensured we all had a great trip. The group size was perfect (only 8) and the transportation was comfortable.
What a great couple of days!! My daughter and I only had a week in the UK and we wanted to fit in as much as we could in the time available. The Southern England tour, with our awesome tour guide Tony, was without a doubt the highlight of our week. There is not a lot of time to stop at each site, but it was enough for us to take in the highlights of the place and the significance of it. Tony really made this whole experience come to life. If I had rented a car and driven to these destinations myself I would have marveled at the architecture and country side, but not have been able to understand the history and relevance of each place. I have so many wonderful memories of this trip, however for me St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle was the most profound. I still get goosebumps when I think of being inside there. We were shown around Oxford by a current student and this was also fantastic as he was able to share with the group his experience of applying to such a prestigious university and what it is like to attend. Bath and Stonehenge are also truly wonderful and the Downton sites are fun. I especially enjoyed the quaint countryside of the Cotswolds. Well worth the time and money.
Being on a minivan tour rather than a big bus tour is also worth mentioning as a much more personal experience. We were a small group and it was like taking a holiday with friends rather than being with a big group of strangers. Thank you Tony and International Friends for a great couple of days in Southern England.