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Follow in the footsteps of the Dowager Countess of Grantham and other much-loved ‘Downton Abbey’ characters on this day trip to the hit British TV series’ most famous filming locations. Departing from London, this tour takes you into beautiful Oxfordshire, where you’ll visit Downton village, Cogges Manor Farm and the magnificent Highclere Castle.

Highlights

  • Full-day Downton Abbey filming locations tour including Highclere Castle, narrated by a knowledgeable guide
  • Travel from London to Oxfordshire to see a collection of sites used in the popular TV drama
  • Hear trivia and insider gossip about the Downton Abbey series and characters such as Lady Mary
  • Visit a farm near Cogges and wander around the Cotswolds village of Bampton that featured as Downton village
  • Explore the grounds and state rooms of Highclere Castle including the bedrooms, the music room and more

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What You Can Expect

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 central London in a comfortable, climate-controlled coach and travel to Oxfordshire, where much of the hit British television series Downton Abbey was filmed. As you travel, hear trivia about the show, which follows the lives and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their staff, from your guide.

Stop first at Cogges Manor Farm, where you’ll stop for a hot drink in the on-site cafe (own expense) and see some locations featured on the show. Then, continue to the village of Bampton, a picturesque Cotswolds’ village that was used as Downton village. Explore on foot with your guide and see the church where Lady Mary wed Matthew Crawley, the Grantham Arms pub and other recognizable filming sites.

Continue to Highclere Castle, arguably the most famous Downton Abbey site. With your guide, you’ll explore the grand estate, which features as Downton Abbey itself, and its grounds. Wander around the Monk’s Garden, White Border, Wood of Goodwill and the Secret Garden. Then enjoy free time for lunch at the tea rooms (own expense) before heading inside Highclere to the lavishly decorated state rooms.

See the Red Stairs, saloon, gallery and bedrooms that have been appeared on screen, and hear about popular characters, such as Lady Edith and the Dowager Countess of Grantham, as well as the real-life family who have owned Highclere Castle for centuries. 

When the time comes, hop back inside your coach and travel back to London. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at the original departure point.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide is knowledgeable and entertaining. The highlight is obviously Highclere Castle and it is incredible to see inside.
Note that you are not allowed to take photos inside the Castle. You get to see some other sets where they taped the show but obviously less interesting than the Castle and could go without.

Marion C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tor and tour guide!!

Richard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is the trip to take if you are a Downton Abbey fan. First stop was Cogge's Farm where all of the farm shots were taken. Then Bampton, which was the village of Downton. And then the castle. Great trip that lasted about 11 hours. Guide, Andy, was great and very knowledgeable.

Francene S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was fabulous! Our tour guide proudly told us that she wrote this tour for Viator. It was excellent. We had 3 stops and plenty of time at each one. The castle was last, we had 2 1/2 hours. It was a wonderful fun day!

Joanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Highly recommend this trip to any Downton fan! Our tour guide Debbie was wonderful, very friendly and full of lots of Downton trivia. Even my non-Downton fan husband enjoyed the day.

Filomena G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic and very informative tour guide, absolutely loved it.
Amazing tour.

Margaret R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide had excellent local knowledge.

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

For Downton Abbey fans, this is a must. I expected that Highclere Castle would be the highlight of this tour - and it is indeed beautiful - but the other aspects are great too... the Downton grounds, Yew TreeFarm, and the town. The trip left on time and even though there are 3 locales, there is plenty of time to see things in as much detail as die-hard fans like me could want. Debbie, who originated the tour, was our guide and she is very animated and attentive to people's needs. Lots of inside gossip, too. Oh, and you'll be able to eat well as there are cafes and tea rooms - makes it a complete day!

Nancy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful guide, with lots of knowledge. Fun day seeing all the places we loved on the show.

Sally R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I loved this tour and the guide. Excellent!

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