5 star rating: Highly Recommended 170 Reviews

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

Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

Visit Oxford and top ‘Downton Abbey’ filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which features as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series, ‘Downton Abbey.’ You’ll also visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, or Downton Abbey, in Hampshire. This tour has limited availability and sells out quickly, so book early 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

Depart from London by coach and travel to the historical city of Oxford, roughly 1.5 hours away. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you’ll visit during your comprehensive city walking tour.

On arrival, follow your guide along the timeworn streets and check off top sights like the Bridge of Sighs along with grand chapels, libraries and halls. Then, enjoy free time to sightseeing independently. Perhaps have some refreshments at a local pub (own expense) or go shopping.

When the time comes, return to your coach and relax on the journey to pretty Bampton village in Oxfordshire, which features in Downton Abbey as Downton village. On a walking tour, you’ll pass recognizable sights like the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wed, the Grantham Arms pub and more. Visit, too, the Bampton Archive and a local exhibition about the village’s history.

After, continue south to Hampshire, where the grand Highclere Castle awaits you. The estate, which dates back to the Victorian eta, is set amid 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of rolling parkland, and was featured as Downton Abbey itself on the show. Tour the castle’s opulent state rooms with your guide, and see the main hall, library and other rooms used in Downton Abbey as you hear about your favourite Downton characters and the real-life family who own Highclere.

Make the most of free time to continue exploring independently after your tour, or perhaps relax with a hot drink (own expense) in the castle’s tea rooms before returning London.

Customer Reviews

Karen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved this tour! It was so fun to go to Oxford and the place where they film the town and the house it self!

Yvonne Rosalie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A lovely tour, so glad I went on it, I really felt like it was a home, not just a large mansion,


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was great. We had a lively, entertaining guide, Lucy, that had a cold but, was still bubbly. We went to Oxford and had enough time to go on her walking tour and go to Christ Church on our own. We grabbed a quick sandwich at Pret Manger. Did not have enough time to eat a leisurely lunch though which was fine with us. Then to Bampton, an adorable little town for the village scenes. Then to Downton. It looks just like it does in the show. This tour was well planned and not rushed. Lucy was informative and entertaining. Well worth the money.


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.

Cheryl H

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.

Idis G

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!

Gay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

Kathy D

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.

Donald M

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!

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