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Small-Group 'Downton Abbey' and Highclere Castle Tour from London

Greater London, United Kingdom
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11 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Discover the natural and architectural splendor of ‘Downtown Abbey’ filming locations on a full-day tour of the Cotswolds from London. With a knowledgeable guide, travel through the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside and visit the charming farm village of Cogges and Bampton, the setting of ‘Downtown Abbey’s’ quintessentially English town. See recognizable sights like the Grantham Arms pub and then spend the afternoon exploring Highclere Castle on a guided tour of the structure’s opulent chambers. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 18 people.
  • Full-day 'Downton Abbey' filming locations tour including Highclere Castle
  • Leave London and travel to Oxfordshire to see a collection of sites used in the popular TV drama
  • Hear anecdotes and gossip about the 'Downton Abbey' series and characters such as Lady Mary
  • Visit a farm near Cogges and explore the Cotswolds village of Bampton that was used as Downton village
  • Explore the gardens and state rooms of Highclere Castle, seeing bedrooms, the smoking room, and more
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 18 people ensures personalized attention at all times
Depart from a central London location in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and listen to entertaining anecdotes surrounding the hit series from your guide. Stay entertained by Downtown Abbey tales and trivia as you travel, and admire the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside during the journey. 
Stop first at a traditional farm nestled amid the rolling hills of Cogges and refresh with a hot drink in the farm’s rustic café (own expense). Discover a scattering of filming locations before returning to the vehicle to travel onward to Bampton, the gorgeous village used extensively as Downton village. 
See recognizable sights like the village church and the Crawley family home as you enjoy a guided walking tour of Bampton, and then continue to Highclere Castle, arguably the most iconic 'Downtown Abbey' filming location. Gasp as you approach the lavish neoclassical façade of the residence and then embark on a leisurely stroll of the castle’s sublime gardens and grounds. 
After exploring enclaves like the Secret Garden and the Wood of Goodwill, revitalize with a snack in the on-site tea rooms and then discover the opulence of Highclere Castle’s interior during a guided tour.  See rooms graced by classic characters like Lady Sybil and hear tales of the castle’s rich history as you wander. 
Return to your comfortable coach after a thorough exploration of the castle and relax during the journey back to central London, where the tour concludes.

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, Aug 2018

Driver/guide Tony L. was very knowledgeable about the tv series, filming process, and locations as well as being skilful driving on very narrow roadways. Wonderful to visit Clogges Manor Farm, Brampton and Highclere Castle. Had 3 hours at Castle so not rushed. Lots to see there re: the beautiful castle, its estate and the museum re: Earl of Carnavons connection to discovery of King Tutankhamens burial chamber. Castles own guides very informative too.

Joanne T
, Jun 2018

This tour was absolutely fantastic. Our guide was wonderful and we went to filming locations as well as the castle. It was a perfect day in the beautiful English countryside.

Patti W
, Apr 2018

This was an amazing trip to see Highclere Castle with 5 of my friends. Our tour guide Debbie was so passionate and full of great facts about Downton during the tour. If you are in London and a fan of the show this is a must to visit. Thanks

Linda F
, Apr 2018

Outstanding in all respects.

MaryKate K
, Apr 2018

This tour did not disappoint. Tony was an excellent guide and had lots of good information to share, and our driver, Daniel, was timely and efficient. I highly recommend a small group tour instead of a big bus tour to see Highclere Castle and the other sights. The crowds were relatively small the day of our tour so I really got to see everything I wanted to see without having to wait or stand in line.

Russell F
, Dec 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable tour with a well-informed, experienced guide and driver who took us first through the Cotswolds, stopping at the farmhouse used in filming as well as the village of Bampton Downton Abbey village before getting to Highclere Castle. It was raining most of the day nevertheless, we had a very interesting tour of the house and grounds and time for tea. Having followed the Downton Abbey series, it felt like being at home. Highly recommended.

Joanne C
, Oct 2017

I had a wonderful time with a small group. Our guide was very informative and funny. The driver was most accomplished.

Alvin S
, Sep 2017

Our tour guide, Debra, really made the trip. She is full of life and very knowledgeable. If at all possible I advise the small group tour as you can go places the big bus can not get to.

John S
, Sep 2017

Andrew was an outstanding guide - very knowledgeable about everything Downton, as well as British history and geography. He made the tour fun and very interesting.

Janet M
, Sep 2017

We saw all the settings where filming was done, as well as the castle. Debbie, our tour director, was knowledgeable and was around when some of the filming was done. She is a delight, and Caroline, our driver, was competent and upbeat. This tour lasts about 12 hours, but the time flies. HIghly recommended.

Product code: 5528IFHIGHCLERE

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