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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
  • 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

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic, this trip was one of the highlights of 3 months travelling Europe. I booked it mainly to see Highclere Castle as I am a fan of Egyptology but I loved the entire trip. The facts and information about the show made the drives fun and interesting between the amazing stops.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A dream come true. It was stunning. Couldn't believe we were there!

Kristen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful! Our guide Frank was such a delight! Highly recommend this tour.

Francie F T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was the highlight of our vacation. Our guide was wonderful, the day was well planned, and Highclere Castle and Bampton enhanced our love of all things Downton Abbey and not to be missed. Oxford was a special bonus to this day.

Joi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide did a great job. She was funny and informative, she gave us a great walking tour of Oxford and an overview of what would would see at Highclere Castle so we had great context when we arrived. The tour was a good price for the 11 hours we spent with them. The bus driver also did a fabulous job, he managed to back the bus around a corner, avoiding a car parked in the road. Mad skills.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was very interesting, even for those who did not watch the series. I would highly recommend it

Jim P New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful trip. Had time in Oxford on way to Oxfordshire. There was plenty of time to visit Highclere Castle and to take photos in the gardens.

Kari M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

OMG - wish I could give this tour more stars!! I am a big Downton Abbey fan so was SO excited to take this tour. Many of the other tours to here were filled on the days I'd be in town so I was thrilled when I found this one. It's a bit pricey, though. It does come with a book written by the current Countess, which I read with interest. I would have preferred the first book she wrote on the first Countess the second one had a little too much about the war and politics at the time for my taste but still an interesting read. Unfortunately, I was traveling with only a backpack and the book is large and heavy enough that it caused an issue for me. I ended up shipping it back home so I didn't have to carry it. The house was designed by the same architect who did the Houses of Parliment so the style is similar and I think magnificent. It sits on a huge piece of land with lots of trees, gardens, and open spaces - really lovely! Photos are not allowed inside the house, which is a shame. I just downloaded ones from the internet so I had some. We also toured Oxford - great architecture! We had time to explore on our own. We also stopped in Bampton, the small village where Downton Abbey filmed. The church there is where Lady Mary got married and other events took place. You also see what was the infirmary entrance actually their library, Lady Crawley's house, Granthan Arms, and Mrs. Podmore's B and B. It's a tiny village and easy to see the whole thing in a short time. All in all, a great tour!

Indy Sharon United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I LOVED this tour! We had a very experienced, funny and knowledgeable guide. What's not to like going into Highclere Castle where all our favorite Downton actors walked? Frank was fabulous with his commentary and inside knowledge. We walked the grounds, toured the castle, had tea very reasonable and when we returned to the bus, a signed copy of Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey was waiting for us! It was magical being there seeing this special place that all Downton Abbey fans grew to love.
We also stopped in Bampton to see the church that was used for weddings in DA and the streets 'in town' as well as the 'pubs' location and many extra tid bits Frank would give us.
A tour of Oxford was very cool just to see the architecture and hear the history as well. Getting away from London to see the countryside was a bonus. It was spectacular!!!!

Sarit United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best! we had a great time traveling to Highclere Castle, our guide was knowledgeable and interesting and she spoke very clearly. We had time to explore, take photos and enjoy the castle and the gardens. We highly recommend this tour.

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