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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Beatrix M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an excellent tour. A lot to see in just a day without being too much!
Highclere Castle is the last and best stop, very impressive and it was a day very well spent not just for Downton Abbey fans....

Rebecca G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I loved being at Highclere Castle and the grounds are beautiful. I also enjoyed Oxford

Kathy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very happy. The carpark at Highclere Castle had flooded due to bad storms and the public could not buy tickets. The viator tour was still admitted. I could have easily missed the visit I had travelled to London for. Guide was lovely. Oxford stop was longer than I expected - great place.

Kimberly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide was wonderfull! We loved the tour! We had plenty of time in all locations.

Mary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

So happy to have booked this tour! We had a lovely day traveling to Oxford and Highclere. Tour guides were informative and really enhanced the Oxford stop. Even if you are not a Downton fan, you will enjoy the scenery offered on this tour. My husband, who has not seen an episode, actually enjoyed the tour. Great job by our driver and tour guide.

Rocky R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The most memorable part of our holiday was this tour! Our guide was excellent and knowledgeable and of course being a Downton Abbey fan, we loved visiting Bampton and Highclere Castle. Don't miss this tour!

Mark D M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was the most wonderful part of our whole trip to London! Great tour guide, driver and coach. Stops were just the right amount of time and seeing Downton Abbey will be a memory to last forever! Worth every penny! Thank you!

Sara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really great tour. I was a little nervous it would be a typical bus tour and this far surpassed that. Tour guide was great. The itinerary was good. Really an enjoyable day. Thank you!

Jan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour guide and driver. Enjoyed the tidbets of London and about English sayings.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really enjoyed this tour. The drive and guide were both very friendly and knowledgable and made the time on the bus go by quickly. For any Downton Abbey fans, seeing Highclere Castle and the town of Bampton really makes the TV series even more memorable. The trip to Oxford was also well worthwhile. Time in each stop was very well gauged, with enough time to see the sights at our own pace. Really was a day well spent!
My only small quibble was we had not inquired about arrangements for returning to our hotel at the end of the tour, so we had to do some last minute arranging. Not a major problem, but perhaps it should be made more clear that there will not be bus service back to the hotel on the return trip.

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