5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
Get to know Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford and the Cotswolds plus 'Downton Abbey' TV filming locations on a 2-day tour from Oxford! With an expert guide at your side, tour the cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites while learning about English history, royalty and, of course, the British period drama of 'Downton Abbey.' Hear stories and gossip about the program’s Crawley family and visit the Cotswolds village of Bampton that starred as Downton village. This 2-day excursion includes overnight 3-star hotel accommodation on the fringes of the Cotswolds.

Highlights

  • 2-day southern England tour from Oxford 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

2-Day Best of Southern England from London: Oxford, Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath Including 'Downton Abbey' Filming Sites

Visit the famous Roman Baths on your 2-Day Southern England Tour

Day 1: Oxford – Windsor Castle – Stonehenge – Bath
Leave central Oxford, and relax on the journey south 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. Millions of years old, 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 – 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 to bid your goodbyes and finish your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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 .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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 .

From USD $ 380.87

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date


Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

(Age 17+)

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 5528IFCROWNDOWNTON

Advertisement
Advertisement

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message