4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Learn about the lives and love interests of the fictional Crawley family on a full-day 'Downton Abbey' filming location tour! Depart from London and travel to the county of Oxfordshire to explore villages such as Cogges, Bampton and Swinbrook where the British period TV drama has been filmed. In the afternoon, tour Blenheim Palace — a UNESCO site not used in the series but magnificent nonetheless — for an insight into the daily lives of upper-crust English aristocracy.

Highlights

  • Downton Abbey filming locations day trip and Blenheim Palace tour from London
  • Hear insider gossip about the scandals and dramas of Downton Abbey from a local guide
  • See the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley in the Oxfordshire village of Bampton
  • Visit Shilton, Swinbrook and Bladon to see some of the series' different Oxfordshire filming sites
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace and learn about its eminent ex-residents such as the 1st duke of Marlborough and Sir Winston Churchill
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included

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What You Can Expect

'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London

See filming locations from the TV series Downton Abbey including the Swan Inn

Leave London’s Marble Arch by air-conditioned minivan, and travel west to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire. On the journey, your guide will keep you entertained with tales and trivia about the Downton Abbey TV series that has a fan base spread all over the world.

Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the British period drama of Downton Abbey documents the dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days leading up to and after World War I. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Mary, and discover little-known facts about the shooting locations included on your tour. Stop at a farm nestled in the hills near Cogges and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in the farm’s rustic cafe before you check out filming locations around the farm.

Continue to Bampton in the Cotswolds. The stone cottages and leafy, twisting streets in this quintessential English village might look familiar; scenes depicting the Downton village are often shot here and appear throughout the entire series. On a walking tour, see the village church — the site of Lady Mary’s wedding to Matthew Crawley — and the house that was once used as the Crawley family home. Stroll along the main street, spotting shops and the fictional Grantham Arms pub that appear in many episodes.

Travel onward to the historical village of Shilton to explore its center, including a quaint village pub that is surrounded by ponds, medieval bridges and wells. From Shilton, travel to a pub in Swinbrook for lunch (own expense) where Lady Sybil eloped with the family chauffeur Branson; enjoy a quick stop in the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston Churchill and his wife; and finish the tour at Blenheim Palace — a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While not used as a Downton Abbey filming location, one can imagine the palace's stately grandeur that would impress the Crawley family. Take a walking tour that delves into the history of Winston Churchill's ancestral home, originally given to the first duke of Marlborough as a gift from the English Parliament. Wander through the State Apartments, and then explore a section of the beautiful landscaped gardens that feature the Temple of Diana. Finally, return to your minivan and travel back to the start point in London where your tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We purchased two tours from this company, one through their site and the other, the Abbey tour, through Viator. I would recommend buying this tour or any tour for that matter through Viator because they run promotions where you can get a discounts or sales up to 10 or more. This Abbey tour was excellent. I I don't watch the show, but it didn't matter. Andrew's presentations plus the sites we saw made this an excellent tour. It was a small turnout and everyone got along so well. We had air conditioner problems but Andrew and his driver worked very hard to correct this situation. Since we sat in the front, the ride was comfortable. One tip I have if you book this tour or any tour through this particular company is to try to get to the first pick up stop early to have the opportunity to sit in the front row. On our other tour, we had no choice but to sit in the back. It was so cramped and the air conditioning was not effective, making the ride uncomfortable. Worse, we had to wait what seemed like an eternity for passengers in front of us, some of whom were very deliberate, to leave the bus. When you are at a location for a limited time, slow exiting eats into your time. Also this bus does not have two seats on each side there is two seats on one side and single seats opposite. If you're with someone, getting stuck in those single seats would be frustrating. I must say this company has excellent guides Andrew and Greg and drivers. But buy this tour through Viator and take advantage of the discounts. And remember to get to the first pickup stop early to get the more spacious, quicker exiting front row seats.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We visited the village, church, and other locations used in the series, but not the Abbey itself. Enjoyed it tremendously. Well organized, good information, interesting tidbits. Lovely pub lunch. Classic English villages. Blenheim was interesting a very grand house.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wonderful tour. Our tour guide Greg was a total pro and made the experience one we'll remember for years to come. Thanks!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Very personalized tour. Our guide was fantastic and full of great information. I would definitely encourage anyone to take this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Good tour, good guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We loved the tour, especially with our tour guide Tony.....he was the best. Disappointed that the Heirlcer castle was not available...but the tour covered other great sites...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our guide was excellent. We really enjoyed the whole experience. It added great fun to our experience and travels.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

What a fantastic tour! I had thought the gentlemen traveling with us would be bored as they don't watch the tv show. Luckily, while there were some parts that referenced the show, the tour wasn't all about it. The Palace and its gardens was breathtaking. The fact that it was the boyhood home of Sir Winston Churchill appealed to us all. After we explored the Palace, we sat by the cafe and just enjoyed sitting by the garden in the sunshine. The trip to the countryside along with the very interesting stops made it a thoroughly enjoyable day. Our tour guide, Tony, was marvelous as was his colleague who helped us find just a wonderful place for lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was a fabulous tour an our guide, Tony, was the best.

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