• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Trace the footsteps of Lady Mary Crawley on a full-day tour of rural ‘Downton Abbey’ locations from London. Rewind to the early 20th-century Britain portrayed in the hit TV period drama, and tour the Oxfordshire village that doubled as Downton as you hear anecdotes about the series and actors. Plus, visit Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey, to explore its above-stairs rooms and gardens independently. Highclere admission and round-trip transport included.

Highlights

  • 9-hour ‘Downton Abbey’ country locations tour from London
  • Travel to the Cotswolds village that doubled as Downton in the hit TV series
  • See the church and buildings used as the village pub, hospital, and home of Matthew Crawley
  • Visit the real-life Downton Abbey of Highclere Castle and explore its rooms independently
  • Hear behind-the-scenes trivia about the actors and making of the series
  • Highclere admission fee and round-trip transportation included
  • Small group of six participants or fewer

What You Can Expect

Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London

Downton Village church

Make your own way to the meeting point in central London in the morning. Meet your small group of no more than six, and settle into your air-conditioned vehicle with your guide and separate driver.

Then, soak in the views as you head toward Oxfordshire. Along the way, admire the rolling pastures and stone villages of the Cotswolds, the quintessentially English region of hills where much of the award-winning Downton Abbey series was filmed.

Arrive in the charming Cotswolds village that doubled as the fictional Downton, and hop out for a guided tour. Stroll through the pretty lanes to see the church and buildings that served as the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and Downton Cottage Hospital as your guide shares anecdotes and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-loved series, and its actors and storylines.

After a bit of free time here, continue to Highclere Castle, the beautiful Jacobean-style mansion that served as the Crawleys’ family home in the drama. On route, learn about the castle’s 1,000-year-old history and intriguing snippets about life ‘above and below stairs.’

On arrival, take in the splendid gardens and turreted exterior of the 19th-century house, and head inside. Enjoy ample time to explore the above-stairs rooms independently using a self-guide information sheet, including the main hall, drawing room, and library. Immerse yourself in the world of the Crawley family as you walk around, building a picture of what real life was like here more than 100 years ago, in the era the series was set.

If you wish, visit the café at Highclere for a light lunch, or perhaps bring a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful grounds.

Afterward, relax on your return journey, ending your tour with a drop-off in central London.

Customer Reviews

James L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

When they said small group they meant it. Ours was only six and we were in a small van but being small we got to know each other during the trip which was great. During the trip our guide Stewart entertained us with good stories and even a Downton Abbey trivia contest. He played the intro music to the show as we drove into the castle grounds which was cool. We were able to see the main rooms downstairs and upstairs that were used in the show. The main focus in the rooms was on the family that lives there full time. Pictures of their family everywhere as they should be. We had a nice lunch outside and had time to walk the grounds adjacent to the castle. The tour actually started in the town of Bampton which served as the village outside of the castle on the show. There we saw the buildings used as the Hospital, the church where Matthew and Lady Mary were married. This is an old town and it looks just like the show period setting. Overall a tour well worth the cost if you are a Downton Abbey fan.

MBailey55

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I have taken a lot of tours over the years and this one was by far the best. Our tour guide and driver were the best! I loved that we got a lot of time to explore each area we stopped at without being rushed. Definitely recommend for any Downton fan!

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our tour started on time at the designated meeting place. Steven, our guide greeted us and showed us to the van, where our driver Jimmy was waiting. The drive is a bit long heading to the first stop however, Steven and Jimmy, along with the other guests made it an enjoyable experience. Steven is very knowledgeable about the tour, and was very friendly and helpful with trivia facts. We felt we had just enough time to leisurely see all that we wanted without feeling rushed. We have to give Jimmy the Outstanding Driver of the Year award for being so very kind in driving back to our hotel to return our wallet which we mistakenly left in the van. We thank you SO MUCH Jimmy, this could have been a really bad situation, we appreciate your kindness.

michele.egan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Chris was a fantastic guide! I would highly recommend this tour for any Downton fans.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Outstanding tour. Our guide, Ryan, was very knowledgeable and very interesting to hear his insights. One of our highlights of London trip. Would recommend to everyone!

Tom Wagner
Pittsburgh, PA

Tandmweaver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

A small group tour is the only way to go. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, the whole day was very enjoyable.

Elizabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a terrific tour. Our driver Tony was amazing at zipping us out of the city even in a crazy traffic day. Our guide Ray was excellent. He was funny and informative, and had lots of insights based on his own experience working as a small part of the cast of Downton Abbey. Visiting Highclere Castle was a major highlight of our trip - incredibly immersive and really exciting. We highly recommend this trip and this tour!

Dominic A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was the highlight of our time in London. There were only 4 of us and it felt like a private tour during the long ride out and in the village. The van was comfortable and they had water for us. The driver and guide talked to us all the way out about the castle and the village. Once we got to the castle there were plenty of others but we were earlier than the after noon crowds. The guide explained how the village was used in the series and had pictures of scenes before and during the shooting. We had plenty of time on our own to walk around the village.

Cynthia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our small group tour to Downton Abbey and real village of Bampton was SUPERB! Our guide was personally familiar with Bampton, as he had lived nearby. He was excellent -knowledgeable of area and all that is Downton -script, plot and actors. Our group of 3 couples, guide and driver enjoyed reliving Downton Abbey video played as we traveled and fun game of trivia. Thank you so much for a memorable day.

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Great tour, knowledgeable guide. Plenty of time to walk around Bampton and explore the inside of Highclere, some of the grounds and grab a bite to eat. Egyptian exhibit was not included in this package. Glad we booked this one. Not to miss if you are a fan of the show or the property and #39;s history.

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