Discover the natural and architectural splendor of ‘Downtown Abbey’ filming locations on a full-day tour of the Cotswolds from London. With a knowledgeable guide, travel through the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside and visit the charming farm village of Cogges and Bampton, the setting of ‘Downtown Abbey’s’ quintessentially English town. See recognizable sights like the Grantham Arms pub and then spend the afternoon exploring Highclere Castle on a guided tour of the structure’s opulent chambers. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 18 people. 

Highlights

  • 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'

Depart from a central London location in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and listen to entertaining anecdotes surrounding the hit series from your guide. Stay entertained by Downtown Abbey tales and trivia as you travel, and admire the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside during the journey. 

Stop first at a traditional farm nestled amid the rolling hills of Cogges and refresh with a hot drink in the farm’s rustic café (own expense). Discover a scattering of filming locations before returning to the vehicle to travel onward to Bampton, the gorgeous village used extensively as Downtown village. 

See recognizable sights like the village church and the Crawley family home as you enjoy a guided walking tour of Bampton, and then continue to Highclere Castle, arguably the most iconic Downtown Abbey filming location. Gasp as you approach the lavish neoclassical façade of the residence and then embark on a leisurely stroll of the castle’s sublime gardens and grounds. 

After exploring enclaves like the Secret Garden and the Wood of Goodwill, revitalize with a snack in the onsite tea rooms and then discover the opulence of Highclere Castle’s interior during a guided tour.  See rooms graced by classic characters like Lady Sybil and hear tales of the castle’s rich history as you wander. 

Return to your comfortable coach after thorough exploration of the castle and relax during the journey back to central London, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews

Kenneth H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour guide. Very entertaining and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour.

Hedy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was outstanding. Try to travel with Tony. Tony has a real feel for making this a fun experience. If you love Downton Abbey you will love this tour.

Robert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was the best I have ever had in Europe. The driver guide was superb. An excellent driver and an amusing and informative speaker. I could not rate the tour higher and the experience a memorable one. Five star plus !!!

kerrycrowther777

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!!!

Henry L

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.

Tim W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

Janice F

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.

gail e w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wonderful,great tour guide and just a wonderful tour.

David E

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.

JOHN W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

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

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