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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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. Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as 'Downton Abbey,' in Hampshire.
  • 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 TV series
  • Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" 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 central London by coach and travel to the historical city of Oxford. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you 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 plus an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina."
Itinerary
Stop At:  
University of Oxford
A walking tour of this beautiful city, home to universities since 1196.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Visit the central location from the TV series Downton Abbey. Home to Lord and Lady Carnarvon and recieve a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's book.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St Mary's Church
Visit the Old Grammar School Building and St Mary's Church both used as locations in the TV series
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This was a very nice tour and even though it takes 90 mins or so to get out there, it is well worth it; I encourage people to go see it" See review
  • "If you're a fan of the show, it's a must do!" See review
  • "Some tours advertise Downton, but don't get you into the home, which has to be SO disappointing when people don't realize this until too late." See review

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Do it on your own
michaellZ195CS
, Sep 2019
Very poorly run tour. One of the worst I have ever done. we were gone for 12 hours and only spent 90 minutes at Highclere Castle. The driver was 25 minutes late picking us up in Oxford, which was a totally unnecessary part of the tour. No explanation was given for his disappearance. You can do this on your own by train and taxi in half the time and then do Bampton as part of a cotswolds tour. Also the tour guide lied to everyone about souveniers. She told us that the only place to get Downton souveniers was in Bampton which is not true at all! There is a large gift shop at Highclere Castle. This was clearly designed to motivate us to buy good in Bampton, which you should do, but she should not have lied about it! Highclere Castle is wonderful and well worth the visit, but we did not have enough time to explore the grounds. If you want to do this site as part of a tour, please find another provider. Premium Tours is terrible! Also look for one that does not do more than Highclere and Bampton. Oxford is lovely but it was nothing more than a way to kill 2+ hours on this tour. I do not like to give bad reviews, there are too many of them out there, but no tour I have ever taken was even close to as bad as this was. One of the most anticipated days of our trip to the UK was ruined by this company and I think anyone choosing this tour should be made aware.
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Loved Highclere Castle!
bmac678
, Sep 2019
My absolute favorite part of this tour was seeing Highclere Castle, not just touring inside but spending time on the grounds after the tour. Lady Carnarvon was even there talking about the history of the castle during our tour! Oxford was very neat to see, but there wasn't enough time to truly tour the campus and town.
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Highclere
aa11242019
, Aug 2019
Would have liked to skip Oxford and stay longer at Highclere to enjoy the inside of the house 🏠 and the gardens more. Also, to have the opportunity to have high tea ☕️.
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A wonderful day
elainec0llins
, Aug 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide made the trip so worthwhile. Her explanations of the history were very good and she made sure we were well informed about where to meet and when. Each of the stops was just right to see everything without being rushed. A thoroughly enjoyable day!
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Best Day
Pioneer369769
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide was brilliant. So kind and knowledgeable we had more than enough time in each place. Our driver was also absolutely marvelous.
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Highclere Castle
Penelope F
, Aug 2019
Guide was well informed and helpful. Highclere could have included some information on the castle. The complimentary book gives insight as to the history of the inhabitants.
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Worth the trip
amyhU748TR
, Aug 2019
This was a very nice tour and even though it takes 90 mins or so to get out there, it is well worth it; I encourage people to go see it
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Downton Abbey!
Eric S
, Aug 2019
This tour was great! If you're a fan of the show, it's a must do! We had Frank as our guide and a Christian as the driver. Frank was knowledgeable, friendly, whitty, and a pleasure to listen to! Christian made sure we were everywhere that we needed to be in a safe and timely fashion! Thank you to you both! We had a great time!
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A great combination of interesting destinations!
DebbyWalker
, Aug 2019
What a treat to enter "Downton Abbey", Highclere Castle! Gorgeous while being a family's home as well. Those who are fans of the series will love the opportunity to see the castle as well as the small town which served as the locale of other scenes. Not everyone, of course, knows the program, but it's still wonderful to see. For some, of course, the town & colleges of Oxford are the draw. Time to choose which places to tour there, with good suggestions from the well informed, positive & energetic guide. Our bus driver, Andreas, was amazing on the tight roads & roundabouts. It's a long day, but interesting in a number of ways. Some tours advertise Downton, but don't get you into the home, which has to be SO disappointing when people don't realize this until too late. This is the real deal, with plenty of time to savor the house & lovely acres of surrounding land and gardens.
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Downton Abbey Oxford tour...great
Rachel K
, Aug 2019
We loved this tour. Oxford was lovely, you have 2 hours there. 30 min walking guided tour and 1.5 hours for lunch, sight seeing, and shopping. Its tight on time but we managed. Highclere castle is fantastic. Great information sheets and guides all through the house. Our tour guide for the day was Karen. She was informative. Pleasant, and knowledgeable. We ran on time and felt the tour was fun, comfortable bus, and great tour guide. Highly recommend if you are a Downton fan.

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