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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  10 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.

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'

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 start point.

This tour is now sold out. Check back soon for additional dates.

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent day with the perfect guide- Tony! Lots of "inside information" that you would never get elsewhere. Highly recommend taking a tour like this to visit Highclere Castle because the information at the castle itself is not that good. Especially if your interest is in Downton Abbey, not so much in the castle.

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