4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Go back to the Edwardian era on this three-hour private tour of sites from the popular television period drama ‘Downton Abbey.’ This is an amazing opportunity for fans of the TV show to travel in style with a private driver to chauffeur you around – just like the Crawleys themselves! Visit major filming locations, including Highclere Castle (the real-life Downtown Abbey) and the village of Bampton (the real-life Downton village).

Highlights

  • Downton Abbey tour of London with a personal chauffeur/guide
  • Visit the filming locations of the successful British TV show
  • See the beautiful Highclere Castle and the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Bampton
  • Private tour ensures a privileged, personalized experience and flexibility to explore at your own pace

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you love Downton Abbey, you can't miss this opportunity to visit key filming locations in a spacious private car with your own personal chauffeur. Being able to go at your own pace means you'll have plenty of time for pictures!

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: 'Downton Abbey’ Film Locations Tour by Private Chauffeur

Private Tour: Downtown Abbey Film Locations Tour by Private Chauffeur

Head west of London for a day of Downton Abbey sightseeing! After pickup from your central London hotel in a spacious luxury vehicle, your private tour guided by a professional chauffeur will take you out to Highclere Castle, known to Downton Abbey fans as the home of the Earl of Grantham and his aristocratic family. Highclere is used for both exterior and interior filming for the show. If you think the castle is stunning on television, you’ll be absolutely amazed by its appearance in person as you admire its stately Jacobethan style and dramatic façade.

Next, continue following the Crawley family and their servants as you make the drive to Bampton, a village in Oxfordshire where many outdoor scenes of the fictional village of Downton were filmed. Admire the well-preserved village with its charming main street and historical buildings, some of which date to the 12th century.

Your day tour ends as you are returned to your London hotel.

Please note: Entrance fees to the grounds and gardens of Highclere Castle are included in the booking price, however, entrance fees into the castle and exhibition are not included due to limited availability.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Awesome! Easy to coordinate. Tour guide was charming, entertaining and very thorough!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

A wonderful day made even better by our great tour chauffeur, Gillian Harker. Gillian is an actress who was extremely well versed in Downton Abbey lore and local history. Having her tour the castle with us really made it an even better tour, as she shared more than the docents in each room are willing to talk about.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We had a terrific tour guide who gave us a lot of inside perspective on the area, Highclere Castle and the nearby village where filming takes place. It helped that the weather was fantastic but the tour was definitely a pleasure and I would recommend the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was a great tour. Our driver was an excellent guide. We were very pleased to discover we got to go into the castle. The gardens there are beautiful. For lunch we had the opportunity to go to a pottery which was wonderful. There were more spectacular gardens there. Then we went on to Bampton. It was so nice to see the English countryside and quaint villages. Thanks for making our day a good one!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This by far was the best tour we took while we were in London. This tour was the reason we came to London. My daughter and son came with me, we are all Downton fans.
Our guide Julian was very well informed on all the going on's at Highclere Castle. The only thing that would have improved our castle tour was for our guide to go in with us. She knew all the little details.
We had lunch at a pottery, which was great. On our driving time she gave us great details on the surrounding areas.
Once again thank you for our tour Juliian, you were great.
The Wallace Family USA 9-10-2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We visited the town of Bampton and Highclere Castle as noted in the tour description. The ride to Highclere was filled with interesting conversation about the TV show, Downton Abbey, and was peppered with little unknown facts about the actors and behind the scene stories. Our guide shared photos she took during the tv filming and showed us how the TV staging had revised the town buildings a bit. We lunched at a lovely pottery studio where we sat among the flowers and trees. It was a perfect day that did not disappoint.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

This was an outstanding tour! We had a great day and our guide, Alex, was terrific. He was so informative about many parts of London, Highclere Castle and the surrounding areas. The stop off at the Astin Pottery was a real plus. I thought the tour was a little pricey, but would do it all over again. We were able to take our time and really enjoy it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great our guide Will was very knowledgable about the show and cast and was able to point out where certain episodes were filmed. We ate lunch at a lovely pottery place and enjoyed the whole day especially since the weather was beautiful and it was our last day in London. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Downton Abbey.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Our guide , William, was wonderful! He gave us so much information as he drove us to our destinations. He was very familiar with the series and was able to show us where specific events i the series were shot.
Our tour of Bampton was awesome as well. Loved it! If you love the series, you MUST go on this tour!

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The tour was quite satisfactory, everything we expected. Our guide was delightful and well informed, and we are sure we fully covered everything pertaining to "Downton Abbey." The one drawback, only incidental to the overall experience, was the vehicle (Vauxhal) -- it was on the small side for four adults, with one of us having to sit across the two tiny seats in the back (we took turns!).

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