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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.
This tour was amazing!
Richard United States of ...
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!
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.
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
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.
This is a fantastic day tour which is run professionally by a great driver and tour guide.
The tour guide was excellent. Wish we had some type of speaker system, to hear when we were on the streets touring the area -- sometimes it was difficult to hear.
Absolutely delightful! One of the highlights of our trip. Loved having tea at Highclere Castle as well!
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