• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Visit Oxford and top Downton Abbey filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, and then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which is also known as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as Downton Abbey, in Hampshire. Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon.

Highlights

  • Full-day Downton Abbey tour to Bampton and Highclere Castle
  • Explore Oxford and Oxford University
  • See Matthew Crawley's mother's house in the picturesque village of Bampton
  • Go to Highclere Castle, and explore its gorgeous grounds
  • Walk through rooms frequented by popular characters in the Downton Abbey TV series
  • Receive a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography
  • Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

Go behind the scenes at Downton Abbey

Depart from London by coach around 8:30a.m., and travel to the historical city of Oxford, roughly 1.5 hours away. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you’ll visit during your comprehensive walking tour.

On arrival, follow your guide along the timeworn streets, and check off top sights like the Bridge of Sighs. Then enjoy free time to sightsee independently.

When the time comes, return to your coach and relax on the journey to Bampton village in Oxfordshire, which is featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village. Pass recognizable sights like the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wed and Grantham Arms. Go to the Bampton Community Archive, as well as a local exhibition about the village’s history.

Afterward, continue on south to Hampshire, where the grand Highclere Castle awaits. The estate, which dates back to the Victorian eta, is set amid 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of rolling parkland and was featured as Downton Abbey on the show. Tour the castle’s opulent rooms with your guide, and see the main hall and library — all used in the filming of Downton Abbey. Hear about your favorite Downton characters and the real-life family who owns Highclere.

Make the most of some free time before jumping back in your coach for the return drive to London.

Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon.

Customer Reviews

merewalk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I scheduled this tour as a surprise for my mom (huge Downton fan) during our trip. We had a fabulous experience with both our driver Malcolm and guide Frank. Each stop was timed just right. I would highly recommend this tour to any fans!

Lynn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

It would have been better to spend more time at Oxford University as there wasn't much to do at Highclere castle. The tour guide was excellent

Sharon P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We had my mom who is 80 and myself who are Downton Abbey fans and my 2 daughters (In their 20's) who are Harry Potter fans so Oxford was a great hit for them, Bampton was fun for us and we all loved Highclere Castle, with a bonus of having tea in the gardens at the end. Our guide John was excellent and our driver Steve did a great job.

Melanie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was a wonderful day trip, full of interesting stops and a very informative guide. The castle was everything I had hoped for and Oxford and

Pearl Jasmin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It was a very enjoyable tour. James was our guide and Richard was our driver, both very pleasant people. James was very knowledgeable and wore a standout outfit which made it easy to spot him when we had to meet at the bus. The bus station was initially very crowded but once we started boarding it went by relatively quickly. Expect travel time to be about an hour to each destination so it does cut down a bit of the Oxford exploring time but it was a bit overshadowed by the face that we had more than enough time at the Downton Abbey locations. Brampton was a nice and quaint little village and of course Highclere castle is as splendid as can be.

kkb5j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This tour was amazing! Julie our tour guide and Malcolm our driver were so helpful and knowledgeable about the places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in Downton Abbey or history in general.

deb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I would highly recommend this tour. It was very well structured and gave plenty of time to visit in the Oxford and of course Highclere.

Patricia A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Incomparable: Dozens of Downtown Abbey fans, as excited a children heading to the circus. To punctuate it, the tour guide played the series' theme music as Highclere came into view. Loved every minute! Standing in the same spots as our favorite characters, peering into their bedrooms, walking the grounds. We walked in tiny Bampton, went into the church where Matthew and Mary married and Edith wasn't. We saw how they magically transformed the little town into something special. My only disappointment was that the kitchen--the room where so much happened--is not actually at Highclere. It's in a studio! Boo!

Highclere is only open 62 days a year. After gushing about this tour, I booked it for a friend who is going back to the UK in a couple of months. I was as excited booking this tour for her and her husband as I was when I booked mine because I know they're going to LOVE it.

Oxford was terrific! We had extra time to explore the town by ourselves. There was even a little art fair that day, which made it additionally fun. But on the same day as Highclere, it seemed to pale, by comparison.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Frank our tour guide was excellent. The bus driver did a superb job too. Tour is at your own pace at the stops.

Amy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing - Awesome! Our guide and bus driver were really great. This is definitely a must-do if you watched Downtown Abbey.

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