Downton Abbey And Highclere Castle Tour From London

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Explore Highclere Castle, the Cotswolds village of Bampton and other sites made famous by the hit British TV series 'Downton Abbey' on this full-day tour from London. With an expert guide, travel to Oxfordshire where much of the show was filmed. Visit Cogges Manor Farm and Bampton, the setting of Downton village. Get up close to the Grantham Arms pub and the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were wed. Then, tour the state rooms and gardens at Highclere Castle, the grand country estate otherwise known as the Grantham family home.

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  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out

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Make your own way to Great Portland Street in central London to meet your expert guide. Then, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and relax on the journey to Oxfordshire. As you travel, listen to your guide share entertaining tales and trivia about the British period drama TV series, Downton Abbey.

Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the hit show follows the lives, dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days before, during and after World War I. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Edith and Dowager Countess of Grantham, and uncover little-known facts about the filming locations visited on your tour.

Your first stop is at Cogges Manor Farm. Sip on a hot drink (own expense) in its rustic cafe before discovering a few of the farm’s shooting locations.

Next, head to the Cotswold village of Bampton, a quintessentially English village that featured as Downton village. On a walking tour, see the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley, and the house that was once used as the Crawley family home. Then, stroll along the main street, passing sights such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.

Continue on to Highclere Castle, one of the most famous Downton filming locations. With your guide leading the way, explore the grand estate that surrounds the castle including Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and the Wood of Goodwill, and learn about Highclere Castle’s role as the Grantham family home.

After free time for lunch or a snack in the on-site tea rooms (own expense), make your way into the castle to explore its lavish state rooms with your guide. Follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lady Sybil and Tom Branson as you wander through the dining, smoking and music rooms, and learn all about the Carnarvons, the real-life family who have owned Highclere Castle since the late 17th century.

See other impressive filming sites, such as the Red Stairs, saloon, gallery and bedrooms, then return to your coach and relax on the journey back to London.

Your day trip then concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.

Inclusions for Downton Abbey And Highclere Castle Tour From London

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fee to Highclere Castle

Exclusions for Downton Abbey And Highclere Castle Tour From London

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Adult pricing applies to all travelers

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  • FANTASTIC TOUR!!! Apart from the very early start.
    But really, if you love Downton Abbey, you must do this tour.
    Definitely spent alot of time in and around the house and gardens. The lunch and morning tea was very nice too.
    Do yourself a favour and book the tour.

  • Comfortable ride, knowledgeable guide, adequate time at each locale.

  • Seeing Highclere, in person, was definitely a highlight of my stay in England. I highly recommend this tour!

  • I enjoyed this tour because I really wanted to visit Highclere Castle, but I was disappointed in its execution. The bus was late to pick us up from the specified location and then we spent another hour traveling to other locations in London to pick up other passengers. Interestingly, those of us who were at the original location were not given any other option so when the bus went by my hotel 45 minutes later I wondered why I could not have been picked up there.

    I wish we could have had more time at Highclere with more information about the surroundings and perhaps a guided tour of that area. Brampton and the farm were not as important to me and we could have spent less time in those locations.

    Our guide was good . Our driver managed the bus through the traffic, but made me nervous by carrying on a conversation with one of the passengers. When he stood up while driving to get her a phone charger I will admit I was a bit unnerved.

    I felt that overall it was a lot of money to pay for a fairly bare bones tour.

  • Lovely to see where it all happened. Would recommend going in the off season if possible as it was crowded and hard to spend any time in a particular place. Amazing grounds and gardens. Would be nice to have some souvenirs with the Downton Abbey label.

  • Amazing trip

  • This tour was really nice. Andrew was very knowledgeable and very personable. Locations were very cool and we could see the spots from the show. Worth the money.

  • As a Downton fan, this was one of my favorites in my recent trip back to the U.K. The grounds are gorgeous.

  • If you are a fan of Downtown Abbey, this is a perfect tour for you. We visited other places where Downtown Abbey was shot too.

  • The tour itinerary itself was great but the tour guide was not. When we arrived at the meeting place to catch the bus, we discovered that the group had been split with half of the people assigned to a bus with Andrew and the other half assigned to a bus with tour guide, Maria. Andrew and his bus arrived at the appointed time while the bus we were assigned to with Maria was 45 minutes late. This also put us late in returning to London. Also, Maria gave us minimal information on the bus about what we would see, etc. While we were at the Bampton stop and the farm, we noticed tour guide, Andrew, actually guiding his group around, explaining what they were seeing. I really got the impression that Maria had never seen Downton Abbey as our group had to tell character names when she attempted to speak about the show at all. In summary, the tour itself was very good but would have been fantastic with a better, more informed and engaged tour guide.

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