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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.
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 ...
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.
Frank our tour guide was excellent. The bus driver did a superb job too. Tour is at your own pace at the stops.
Amazing - Awesome! Our guide and bus driver were really great. This is definitely a must-do if you watched Downtown Abbey.
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.
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