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This was a wonderful experience! Our guide, Andrew, was absolutely incredible. He was so knowledgeable about the area, had great anecdotes about each location, and even suggested a delicious restaurant for lunch. Also, he was five minutes early picking us up at Waterloo Station. He truly made this a magnificent experience.
Wonderful tour. Wonderful and knowledgeable guide, very comfortable and leisure tour. Expensive, but worth every penny spent. The visit to Blemheim Palace was a highlight.
Oh my goodness - Truly the highlight of our trip!! I cannot say enough about this tour. Steve was very prompt, courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. I knew we were going to Bampton and Highclere but along the way he also brought us to the spot used to film when Anna goes to find Bates at The Red Lion pub. We drove right through that ford of water that her bus goes through in that scene. He also took us to another interesting old church and pointed out the graves of 3 sisters he thinks the Crawley girls may have been modeled after.
We enjoyed Bampton Village VERY much. So very neat to walk around the square and visit the site used for the hospital, which is now a lovely little souvenir shop run by volunteers. Going inside the church was an extra special treat. Just walking along the walkway with all of the old headstones - it really is like you are walking around Downton Village, it is all so familiar. Now watching the show is even more enjoyable with these real images fresh in my mind. I notice things in the show now that I saw in real life and it gives it an added thrill. There was no shortage of photo ops and Steve made sure we got plenty.
Highclere Castle is just amazing!! The furniture and portraits are just what you know and love from the show. And yes, there are blank shields on the mantle piece. No one really knows exactly why but surmise they were for future marriages. There are many interesting personal and historical photos on display of the real Carnarvon family. It was the expedition of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon that discovered King Tut's tomb and there is a very interesting Egyptian exhibit downstairs. It was the Christmas opening when we were there so there were carolers in the great hall which added to the experience.
If you love Downton Abbey this is a Must-Do tour. SO much more personal and enjoyable than a group bus tour. We truly enjoyed our interaction with our driver/guide Steve. He made sure to take plenty of pictures of us to commemorate our trip and went out of his way to find us a pub to eat on the way home. He was fun and engaging and full of interesting facts and trivia. He saw to our every need and was a perfect gentleman in every way. Thank you so much, Steve, for a truly marvelous, memorable day. Happy Christmas to you and yours!
p.s. Also a shout-out to Capital Taxi Tours for handling the whole booking so efficiently. They even offered assistance in getting tickets to Highclere which I thought was truly going above and beyond. Thank you Allyson!
Steve Cahill, our personal driver and tour guide, was wonderful. He was extremely accommodating, flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. We loved every minute of our day.
Thank you, Steve.
My family and I had a wonderful time with our guide Andrew, who showed us many of the filming locations in Downton Abbey, such as Mr. Drew's Farm, the Downton Village, and more. He was very knowledgeable about the show and even threw in a bunch of Harry Potter trivia, which I loved!. Since it was a private tour, we felt very special to have a cab and guide all to ourselves and did not feel rushed at all. Sadly, Highclere Castle was closed at the time of our visit, but we did get to visit Blenheim Palace, which was equally grand and beautiful!
We really enjoyed stopping in at the farm and the village and other sites of filming. The castle was amazing. We would liked to have had more time walking on the grounds. It was wonderful having our private tour guide with Black Cab. Viator helped us get the tour by rearranging another tour as I didn't realize Highclere is closed on Fridays.
What a wonderful day! Andrew was a terrific tour guide. Although Highclere Castle was not open, we were able to visit Bampton Village, Coggs Farm and other locations used in filming Downton Abbey. We had lunch at the Highway Inn in Burford. It did not disappoint! Would love to go back and stay next time. We then toured various town in Cotswolds and learned more about the history of the area. What beautiful country. Would highly recommend this tour.
I wish I could rate this tour as a 6! Our tour guide, Steve, was fabulous and made the tour that much better!
One item missing (not Steve and #39;s fault!) was the bottle of wine which was part of our VIP package. Please look into this and provide to Steve of Capital Taxis. He deserves it!
What a fabulous and interesting day. Andrew was the best guide we could ask for. He catered trip to suit our interests and went above and beyond to cater for my elderly mother. As Downton Abbey was not open at this time, we visited many of the other filming spots and Cottswolds, all with a very informative history of all places we visited. We also visited Blenheim Palace, birth place of Winston Churchill and had the most amazing time, such history. Thank you Andrew.
If you are a Downton fan and want to splurge, this is the tour for you. Our driver was prompt, professional and very knowledgeable . Not only did he have lots of DA trivia for us, his knowledge of European history was fantastic and he narrated more than just the DA sites for us. My husband and son have never seen DA but they love history. They enjoyed the tour as much as I did because of our driver's knowledge and all of the fantastic sites and stops. The Egyptian exhibit at Highclere is very interesting.
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