5 star rating: Highly Recommended 166 Reviews

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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

See top filming locations from the award-winning ‘Downton Abbey’ television series on a full-day tour from London! After touring Oxford, enjoy a walking tour around Bampton Village, the setting used for filming outdoor scenes in the show. Then, head to Highclere Castle in Hampshire, home of the real Downton Abbey, for a tour. Offering a real insight into Edwardian England, the tour gives you all the insider gossip about popular characters from the much-loved period drama as well as stories of the real family who have owned the castle since its 17th-century heyday. This tour has limited availability and sells out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment!


  • Full-day Downton Abbey TV-location tour to Bampton Village and Highclere Castle
  • Walk around Oxford and see the world-famous Oxford University
  • See Matthew Crawley's mother's house in the picturesque village of Bampton
  • Discover the real Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle in Hampshire and explore its gorgeous grounds
  • Walk through rooms frequented by popular characters in the Downton Abbey TV series
  • Book this experience now; there is limited availability for 2014
  • Receive a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a pleasurable ride out to filming locations from the popular television show about upper-crust English life. Plus, you have the chance to visit the legendary city of Oxford and hear about its history as well as the many prominent people who have studied at Oxford University.

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What You Can Expect

Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

Go behind the scenes at Downton Abbey

Meet your expert guide in London and set off by coach to the historic city of Oxford, approximately a 1.5-hour drive away. As you travel, your guide will keep you entertained with stories about this must-visit city, home to the world-famous Oxford University.

The colleges that make up Oxford University represent the city’s architectural highlights, and you’ll explore these during a comprehensive walking tour. Wander through ornate chapels, lavish libraries and spacious halls.

Before leaving the city, you’ll have free time to discover its endearing charms independently. Perhaps visit one of its famous ‘Old English’ inns for lunch (own expense) or maybe explore Oxford’s wealth of interesting streets and independent shops.

In the early afternoon, hop back on board your luxury coach and head to the pretty village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, the setting for the exterior village scenes in the TV show 'Downton Abbey'. See Matthew Crawley's mother's house as well as the hospital from the second series. Learn about how the current villagers' homes are transformed into the Post Office and the pub for the TV show, and explore the Bampton Archive and local exhibitions to learn about the village history.

After visiting Bamtpon, head south to Highclere Castle in Hampshire. Famous as the filming location for the hit TV series Downton Abbey, the stately castle dates to the Victorian era and is set in the middle of 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of stunning parkland.

With your guide, tour this incredible castle and see rooms frequented by the likes of Lady Mary, Cousin Matthew, Lord Grantham and other characters in the popular Edwardian drama. Venture through the magnificent main hall, library and sitting rooms, and learn about the real-life family — the Carnarvons — who lived in the castle since the 17th century.

After your walking tour of Highclere Castle, enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful grounds or relax with a hot drink and cake in the castle's tea rooms (own expense). Your full-day tour finishes back in London, where you’ll arrive in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved it. Even if not a Downton fan, you would enjoy this day trip from London. Our tour guide was fabulous and gave us the perfect mix of Downton Abbey tidbits and historical information about the areas we visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My friends and I loved this tour. The stop at Oxford was an added bonus. The town of Bampton was so quaint and wonderful to walk the streets and buildings where some of the scenes were filmed. Highclere Castle was beautiful. Transportation was perfect. Picked up and dropped off at our hotel. We will be looking to tour with Viator in the future. Thanks for the memories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was everything I expected. Wow what a great day. We had a great driver and the best tour guide. She was so informative, funny. Both driver and guide went out of the way to make it a great day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Beyond my expectations! I was so wonderfully surprised by Oxford and the little village of Bamford. Those were great bonuses I wasn't expecting. At Highclere, we got to see more of the inside than I ever dreamed we would get to. The guide was wonderful, giving us the history of all the places, who lives where, etc. Also, the bus that took us was top notch, first class! We did a lot of bus tours on this trip, and this bus was, by far, the classiest and most comfortable of them all. Thank you, Viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a great time! Loved getting the signed books as souvenirs!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour guide! You get to see a lot in one day, but it's a comfortable pace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This day was the best!!! We enjoyed our visit to Oxford and then ... to Highclere Castle! It was delightful!! Everything we had hoped for - more extensive visit of the home than we had anticipated, and the docents are so full of information!

Lori N
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip! We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip from London to Downtown, Bampton Village, and Oxford. The trip was well coordinated and our guide was knowledgeable about our destinations as well as London/England in general and gave lots of interesting tidbits about sites we passed en route to our destinations. We loved Oxford and Bampton Village was delightful. The tour of Highclere was just the right amount of time and allowed us to walk the beautiful gardens and have tea and scones after touring the house. It was a really lovely day! Would highly recommend the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This trip was amazing. It was the entire reason we planned our vacation to London to begin with. Highclere castle and Bampton village were everything I had hope it would be. I felt like we had plenty of time to really enjoy it. I could have done without visiting Oxford. We spent 2 hours there, and besides seeing the University, there really wasn't much to do. I would have rather had the day trip shorter just seeing Highclere castle and the village. Overall though, it was a fantastic experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very pleasant afternoon, plenty of time to see the castle and grounds. Visit to Bampton was a great treat.

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