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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, then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which features as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series, ‘Downton Abbey.’ You’ll also visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, or Downton Abbey, in Hampshire. This tour has limited availability and sells out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.


  • Full-day Downton Abbey TV-location tour to Bampton Village and Highclere Castle
  • Walk around Oxford and see the world-famous Oxford University
  • See Matthew Crawley's mother's house in the picturesque village of Bampton
  • Discover the real Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle in Hampshire and explore its gorgeous grounds
  • Walk through rooms frequented by popular characters in the Downton Abbey TV series
  • Book this experience now; there is limited availability for 2014
  • Receive a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a pleasurable ride out to filming locations from the popular television show about upper-crust English life. Plus, you have the chance to visit the legendary city of Oxford and hear about its history as well as the many prominent people who have studied at Oxford University.

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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 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 city walking tour.

On arrival, follow your guide along the timeworn streets and check off top sights like the Bridge of Sighs along with grand chapels, libraries and halls. Then, enjoy free time to sightseeing independently. Perhaps have some refreshments at a local pub (own expense) or go shopping.

When the time comes, return to your coach and relax on the journey to pretty Bampton village in Oxfordshire, which features in Downton Abbey as Downton village. On a walking tour, you’ll pass recognizable sights like the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wed, the Grantham Arms pub and more. Visit, too, the Bampton Archive and a local exhibition about the village’s history.

After, continue south to Hampshire, where the grand Highclere Castle awaits you. 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 itself on the show. Tour the castle’s opulent state rooms with your guide, and see the main hall, library and other rooms used in Downton Abbey as you hear about your favourite Downton characters and the real-life family who own Highclere.

Make the most of free time to continue exploring independently after your tour, or perhaps relax with a hot drink (own expense) in the castle’s tea rooms before returning London.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A well conducted tour with a very clear and knowledgeable travel guide.

Lloyd M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Frank was fabulous. We learned so much about the London area in addition to the areas visited. It was fun and informative. We would highly recommend it!

Eugene C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour of Oxford, Bampton and Highclere. Our tour guide, Frank, was extremely knowledgeable, nice and helpful. We even got bonus facts about London/surrounding areas on the way to Oxford. Loved seeing all the filming locations for Downton in addition to the city of Oxford - highly recommend this tour!

Mary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour and guide

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My Day trip was everything I had hoped for and more. Each stop we had amble time, which was something that I was worried about because I have been on other tours that you are kinda rushed through. Oxford was wonderful and we were shown all the major sites with lots of time to explore each of them more in depth. Bampton was a nice little stop to get you in the downton mood. But Highclere, well it was just breath taking, I could hear the characters talk to me as I wondered through the rooms, and the grounds are magnificent. LOVED IT..

Gerald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very informative guides and some time left at each location for personal exploration were pluses. The tour is a must for anyone who loved the Downton Abbey TV series.

Ashley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved Oxford and Downton Abbey. Magical experience. Buses weren't super comfortable and wish we had more time at Oxford and less at other stops.

Sharon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Had a magical day! So cool to be here in person. We had goosebumps.
In the negative side, catching the bus was quite confusing....too many tours and people. I also think you need more time in Oxford. Only had time for Christ church and grabbed a sandwich? There is so much more to see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Oh me oh my! Worth every penny. Our bus driver, Steve, was friendly, punctual, and a safe driver. His partner, our tour guide, was a blond headed Mary Poppins. We adored her spunky personality, depth of knowledge, and ability to keep 75 tourist happy and on time! Well worth the money. Accurately advertised. Not suprised, Viator does not disappoint.

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