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Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle Tour from London

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London
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Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours, Day Trips
Duration: 10 hours
Highlights
All entrance fees included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Likely to Sell Out
Description
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bampton Library Old Grammar School Church View, Bampton OX18 2NE England

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA England

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Highclere Castle, Newbury RG20 9RN England

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 London Victoria Station, which as excellent transport links to all parts of London and beyond.

Duration: 4 hours

Inclusions
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Entry to Highclere Castle
Entry to Cogges Manor Farm
Guided tour of Bampton
Entry/Admission - Bampton Library
Entry/Admission - Cogges
Entry/Admission - Highclere Castle
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Location

Meeting point
Hard Rock Hotel London, Great Cumberland Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 7DL, UK

Reviews

Nov 2019

This tour was an absolute wonderful experience!! It was especially made so by our amazing tour guide! She’d been doing it for so long and knew all the great spots to point out, take pictures, recall scenes in the show, and showed us her special photo album. She made the tour even more special by playing the last episode while traveling to and from. And especially knocked it out of the park by queuing the DA theme as we approached the castle. It was breathtaking and gave you chills!! We were able to stroll the grounds at leisure, shop, eat and then walk around the house when your specific entrance time was called. If you loved DA, this is especially the tour for you!! It was absolutely wonderful!!

Jul 2019

So fun to see Downton Abbey locations, including the real-life farm that stands in for Yew Tree Farm in the show, the town where the village scenes were filmed, and of course Highclere Castle itself. The tour was well-organized and our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Tour bus was comfortable, with cushioned seats and large windows for easy viewing. We had a great time!

Jul 2019

This tour is a must for Downton Abbey fans! Our guide, Andrew was awesome and told great stories along the way. We loved it!!

Sep 2018

Andrew, tour guide, very knowledgeable. Downton Abbry does not disappoint. Countryside is so beautiful. Worth every penny!

Jul 2018

Andrew our guide was outstanding! The stops were along the way were great. But getting to Highclere was the highlight. Loved the entire experience!

Dec 2017

An incredible tour for the Downton Abbey lover! A full day packed with history and beauty. I highly recommend it!

Oct 2017

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.

Oct 2017

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

Sep 2017

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

Sep 2017

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.

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