• 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.


  • 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

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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

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.


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.

Luis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A must not miss tour of Downtyn Abbey. Just walking up the path to Castle and revisiting all the amazing scenes filmed here made my pulse rate increase.

Glen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Richard United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The castle is not open year around, but we managed to book the last day of the 2017 season. Our guide was excellent and it was a fun and informative day. The church used for the series is located in Bampton and this tour included a stop there. While the castle does not provide completely free reign and I don't blame them, you get access to the main areas and many nooks and cranny's. Be sure and have tea when you visit!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was the full UK experience with thick Scottish mist giving the Abbey a haunting appearance. Loved just standing here or there, inside and out, and remembering scenes from the show. When people arrived and the servants were all lined up by the door, Bates being made to fall face first into the gravel thanks to O'Brien's foot, Anna scurrying around to the back entrance upon returning from jail, Mary and Matthew dancing in the hall by the stairs. The memories just didn't stop. Everything seemed smaller than on camera which was very strange. It was evident that there was some camera trickery that went on because certain columns were not there that should have been, the dining room was not as long as it certainly seemed, hallways were not as long as they should have been, but that's the magic of film.
The tour was wonderful. We were allowed to just roam around on our own and take in what we wanted to see. There were areas, of course, where we were not able to go but we got to see all the main areas of the Abbey. We also saw the town that was used in the show and the memories flooded back around the church, post office, the little cottage hospital and the pub. I left that town wishing I lived there.
Well worth the money and time! I watch my DVDs now with an extra little thrill when I remember seeing the buildings in person and smile when I realize that this or that is the magic of the camera.

Marsha E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Entire tour was simply fantastic, all that we wanted! The only thing we might have added was having the music playing on the bus as we pulled up to the Abbey. All was timed well, we never felt rushed and then being given the book was an added bonus that we have enjoyed since we got home. Have recommended several times already. ME


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our guide was excellent! He really made the tour for us, very knowledge, courteous and funny. The highlight was the visit to the castle. It was a bit of a drive from the village to the castle, but we did get to see beautiful English countryside along the way. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is a Downton Abbey fan.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a fantastic day tour which is run professionally by a great driver and tour guide.

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