5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
Visit Highclere Castle, the Cotswolds village of Bampton and other sites on a full-day 'Downton Abbey' tour from London! After traveling to Oxfordshire with an expert guide, knowledgeable about the hit British TV series, visit a farm near the village of Cogges, and then continue to Bampton — the setting of Downton village. See the church and the popular Grantham Arms pub, and then spend the afternoon at Highclere Castle aka the Grantham family home. Tour the state rooms and gardens and learn all about the real-life Carnarvon family who own the estate.

Numbers are limited to 18 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.


  • Full-day Downton Abbey filming locations tour including Highclere Castle
  • Leave London and travel to Oxfordshire to see a collection of sites used in the popular TV drama
  • Hear anecdotes and gossip about the Downton Abbey series and characters such as Lady Mary
  • Visit a farm near Cogges and explore the Cotswolds village of Bampton that was used as Downton village
  • Explore the gardens and state rooms of Highclere Castle, seeing bedrooms, the smoking room and more
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 18 people ensures personalized attention at all times

What You Can Expect

Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London

See the farm used as a filming location for the hit TV show 'Downton Abbey'

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 the First World War. 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 discovering a few of the farm’s filming locations.

Continue to Bampton in the Cotswolds, a quintessentially English village that was used extensively as Downton village 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, seeing shops used for filming as well as sights such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.

Travel onward to continue to Highclere Castle, one of the best-known Downton filming locations, to explore with your guide. Walk around the lavish estate that surrounds the castle, comprising Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and the Wood of Goodwill, and hear all about Highclere Castle’s role as the Grantham family home.

Enjoy free time for lunch or a snack in the onsite tea rooms that serves food from the castle’s kitchens, and then step inside Highclere Castle to explore each of its state rooms. See the dining, music and smoking rooms that the likes of Lady Sybil graced with their presence, and learn all about the real-life family who have owned Highclere Castle since the late 17th century: the Carnarvons.

After exploring further areas of the impressive filming site such as the Red Stairs, saloon, gallery and bedrooms, return to your minivan with your guide. Relax on the journey back to London, and then finish your day trip with a drop-off at the Victoria Train Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour. We were not rushed during the day. Plenty of time at Highclere Castle. Enjoyed our visits to the farm and little township of Whitney. Was able to relate to where the various scenes were set in the TV series Downton Abbey. Thoroughly recommend this tour to Downton Abbey fans!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our guide was absolutely awesome -- funny, witty, knowledgeable and accommodating. He even lent me 10 pounds so I could buy a souvenir at a place that didn't take credit cards. A real pro. The tour exceeded our expectations -- and we would recommend Tony as the best tour guide we've ever had. While driving us around he had us laughing and informed the entire time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a great tour with a very energetic and informed guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

the whole day was wonderful for a fan of Downton Abbey - we saw all the sites in the shown in the show - both the village sites as well as the castle itself and heard gossip about the cast from the tour guide who was perfect in that role - she was so informative about the places,as well as the cast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wonderful,great tour guide and just a wonderful tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

What made this trip special was our tour guide Andrew. He was extremely knowledgeable not only about Downton Abbey but about London and the surrounding area. We had been on a 4 day musical tour of London prior to our tour to Highclere. The difference in tour guides was striking. We learned so much more from Andrew in a very short time. His knowledge of the Downton Abbey show was nothing short of amazing. He could cite season and episode for everything we saw on our trip and much more we didn't see.
My advice: if you do the tour, ask for Andrew as tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A full day, a full value, well run; exceeded expectations

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A must-do for any Downton fan. Our tour guide, Andrew, was wonderful. He shared not-only information about Downton, Highclere Castle and the other tour stops, but background in general of British history and the English countryside. Our driver was wonderful was well. The coach was very comfortable . It was a lovely day out. Our only wish is that we'd had even more time to enjoy Highclere. That has nothing to do with the tour, only that it was a busy day at the castle so it took a while to get through the house and we wished we had had even more time outside as well to explore the grounds. But it was still Ana amazing experience and we thoroughly enjoyed our day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We had such a marvelous time. The weather couldn't have been better. Our driver, our dear sweet hostess made it actually very fun. She's from Oxford herself, and we actually drove right by her lovely home. I wish we would have visited the Castle first and then on to the filming locations, but I'm sure that's just my preference. For newbies, a little more information on the pickup point would be more helpful. The personal photographs throughout the castle are so wonderful to view. This truly gives you a sense of history, to see their forebears and then right down to the current family. Beautiful! Just thinking about it gives me chills! I'd do it again in a heartbeat! USlovesUK Judith and James O'Connor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Absolutely amazing. Our tour leader Andrew was not only knowledgeable, but very entertaining and easy going. Our driver was excellent. I have no idea how she navigated those roads so easily. The scenery was exquisite. I particularly enjoyed the town of Bampton and seeing where a lot of the scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. The history behind the buildings is really fascinating.
Highclere Castle was not a disappointment either. All the scenery on the tour was breathtaking. This tour isn't just for fans of the show. I would say anyone with an interest in history and architecture would not be disappointed.

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