Private Tour: 'Downton Abbey' Experience by Black Cab Including Downton Village, London Filming Locations or Highclere Castle

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 8 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Discover ‘Downton Abbey’ filming sites on a tour by an iconic form of London transport: a black cab. As a private guide drives, learn about the lives of the fictional Crawley family from the hit TV series, and hear about Britain’s present-day aristocracy, too. The must-do tour is available with a choice of three itineraries, each inspired by the program. Visit the Downton village of Bampton; check out Downton Place, aka Greys Court; or tour Highclere Castle, the home of 'Downton Abbey.' The black cabs seat a maximum of five people. New to the tour we now have Taxis that can take 6 people


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Highclere Castle, Newbury, Berkshire, England

Visit Highclere Castle the fictional home of Lord Grantham.
Wander the rooms and corridors that appeared in the series
Walk down the staircase that Lady Mary does on her wedding day.
See all the rooms of the castle
Please note Highclere Castle is not open all year round . Time in castle is around 1.5 - 2 hours
Other places visited are:
Drive through the Cotswolds to the villages that became Downton,
Wander by Mrs Crawleys house,
Walk through the entrance to the hospital.
Visit the church where all the weddings and funerals were filmed.
Get insider information on the filming of Downton from an expert
Visit the farm from the series.
Walk by the post office.
These stops are around 2.5 hours

Duration: 4 hours

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by black taxi
  • Private guide

  • Afternoon tea
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • All Entry Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Highclere Castle
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 18 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 5 people per booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • New style Taxi can take 6 people for an extra charge
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

2 A5

Traveler pickup is offered
Any Hotel or Address in Central London PICK UP ZONES A Central London Hotel is one with a post code (or zip code)  E1, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, N1, SE1, SW1, SW3, SW7, W1, W2, W8, WC1, WC2. Should your Hotel be outside of these areas, or in the suburbs or Airport locations, we would be happy to provide you with a separate quote.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

Image - 20 Nov 2018 -


My black cab Downton Abbey tour was amazing. Andrew was so knowledgeable and took such care to make sure I had a memorable experience. From pick up to drop-off, we were chatting Downton, London, and everything in between. I felt like I was sightseeing with an old friend, not someone I just met. He knew so many details and made the day absolutely grand. If I'm given the chance to come back to London, capital taxi tours will be the top of my list!!!

Image - 10 Jul 2018 -

Roxanne W

We had a wonderful time, from the initial guidance on how to gain access to the castle, to where to get great snacks, our guide, Andrew, was informative, professional, kind, and fun!

Image - 05 Apr 2018 -


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.

Image - 01 Feb 2018 -

Vera S

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.

Image - 20 Dec 2017 -


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!

User's Picture Gallery


Inside the church


The Hospital


Crawley House and the square


I Do


Lower Slaughter


Bourton on the water. The venice of the Cotswolds


The Highway Inn in Burford


In Shilton, pub where Mr. Bates worked


one lane road in Cotswolds


The Swan Inn, in Swinbrook, Branson and Sybil were caught trying to elope


Tree and location of carnival.


Mr. Drew's house


St. Mary's church


Matthew Crawley's house


Downton Abbey church


Highclere Castle


Downton Abbey tour.


Steve, our wonderful Black Cab driver!


Me, pretending I am driving to my very own castle!


A walk to the Secret Garden at Highclere


The Farm at Witney


Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle, YUMMM!


Highclere Castle, of course


Us at Cogges

Cogges Farm is the location where little Marigold lived with the pig farmer and his wife in Downton Abbey.


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