5 star rating: Highly Recommended 138 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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 August 2015

It was a long day but thoroughly enjoyed it. The visit to Oxford and Bampton village aka Downton were very enjoyable and of course the highlight of the day was our visit to Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey. Had plenty of time to tour the house, wander about the gardens and enjoy tea and scones. Our driver Ian did an excellent job especially after an alternate route from Bampton to Highclere was necessary due to an accident and subsequent traffic tie-up on the original plan route. Our guide Frank was very knowledgeable about all sights visited and we enjoyed listening to him.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Unbelievable, tour which included a tour of Oxford Univ., Highclere Castle is unreal, everyone needs to
see this!!!! If you saw the series, this is a must, don't miss it, if you are in London, it is a must!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing the possibility to live what we have only in imagination. Besides seeing everything the castle has, experience the environment and the surroundings is an experience to not miss.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a great time during the tour. Lucy, our guide, was amazing, full of information and very funny!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour! Our tour guide Lucy was amazing and she knew more about Downton than we did. Plenty of time to see everything on the tour. She gave perfect suggestions on what to see and do in Oxford! We highly recommend this tour and Lucy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

guide was very knowledgable and was a great tour!

G Bird
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was our primary reason to travel to England and we were not disappointed. My husband and I look forward to watching Downtown Abbey on PBS every Sunday night.

The grounds are vast, rolling and lovely. The inside of Highclere Castle looks just like the movie. Absolutely stunning. We enjoyed afternoon tea outside along with a delicious pastry. This was a pot of tea too.

Its nice to know that my small contribution is assisting the family in trying to keep this jewel available for others to experience in the future. This is must see on your London trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was lovely. Our tour guide was articulate, literate and entertaining from the first moment we boarded the bus. Enough time was given for each part of the program. We saw far more of Downton Abbey than we were expecting, and we were even giving a really interesting book about the history of Highclere Castle. Stopping at the little village of Brampton, where the village scened in Downton Abbey are filmed, was particularly delightful. We are very glad that we took this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was great. It included a trip to Bampton the village seen in Downton Abbey. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and we had sufficient time to sit for tea in the Abbey. A definite must see for fans.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good trip. Plenty of time on own. Good suggestions. Tour guide great gave tips and didn't talk constantly..

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