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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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This accessible tour makes it easy to explore two top UK destinations—Oxford and Highclere Castle—in one day.

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.


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, Oct 2018

Amazing tour! Allowed for a lot of time at Downton to explore and get a mid-afternoon cup of tea in the gardens. Highly recommended!

, Sep 2018

Very well done with plenty of time for the tour. The Castle was great to see and also the small village used in the series

, Sep 2018

Lucy was our guide and she was great. Just be aware that it's a long day.

, Sep 2018

A highlight of my first visit to England was the day tour to Oxford and Highclere Castle. I am a Downton Abbey fan, so that just made this even better. Our driver Mat was very skillful. Frank, our guide, was wonderful. He was both knowledgeable about the history of Oxford, Bampton, and Highclere, but could share delightful stories about the beloved series Downton Abbey. Frank played the closing theme to Downton as we drove away at the end of the tour, and that just ended the tour perfectly.

, Aug 2018

Our guide John was amazing! Our trip included a stop at Oxford and Bampton, John is so knowledgeable and shared so many interesting facts! Would do this trip again in a heartbeat! Highly recommend it!!

, Aug 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!

, Aug 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

, Aug 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.

, Aug 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

, Jul 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.

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