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

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 11 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Visit Highclere Castle, the Cotswolds village of Bampton and other sites on a full-day 'Downton Abbey' tour from London! After traveling to Oxfordshire with an expert guide, knowledgeable about the hit British TV series, visit a farm near the village of Cogges, and then continue to Bampton — the setting of Downton village. See the church and the popular Grantham Arms pub, and then spend the afternoon at Highclere Castle aka the Grantham family home. Tour the state rooms and gardens and learn all about the real-life Carnarvon family who own the estate.

Numbers are limited to 18 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Leave London’s Marble Arch by air-conditioned minivan, and travel west to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire. On the journey, your guide will keep you entertained with tales and trivia about the Downton Abbey TV series that has a fan base spread all over the world. Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the British period drama of Downton Abbey documents the dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days leading up to and after the First World War. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Mary, and discover little-known facts about the shooting locations included on your tour. Stop at a farm nestled in the hills near Cogges and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in the farm’s rustic cafe before discovering a few of the farm’s filming locations.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cogges Manor Farm, Church Ln, Witney OX28 3LA, UK

Cogges Manor Farm

Duration: 1 hour

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

Continue to Bampton in the Cotswolds, a quintessentially English village that was used extensively as Downton village throughout the entire series. On a walking tour, see the village church — the site of Lady Mary’s wedding to Matthew Crawley — and the house that was once used as the Crawley family home. Stroll along the main street, seeing shops used for filming as well as sights such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Restaurant at The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, Burford OX18 4DY, UK

Photo stop

Stop At: Highclere Castle Highclere Park, Newbury RG20 9RN England

Travel onward to continue to Highclere Castle, one of the best-known Downton filming locations, to explore with your guide. Walk around the lavish estate that surrounds the castle, comprising Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and the Wood of Goodwill, and hear all about Highclere Castle’s role as the Grantham family home.

Enjoy free time for lunch or a snack in the onsite tea rooms that serves food from the castle’s kitchens, and then step inside Highclere Castle to explore each of its state rooms. See the dining, music and smoking rooms that the likes of Lady Sybil graced with their presence, and learn all about the real-life family who have owned Highclere Castle since the late 17th century: the Carnarvons.

After exploring further areas of the impressive filming site such as the Red Stairs, saloon, gallery and bedrooms, return to your minivan with your guide. Relax on the journey back to London, and then finish your day trip with a drop-off at the Victoria Train Station.

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Entry to Cogges Manor Farm
  • Guided tour of Bampton
  • Entry to Highclere Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Cogges
  • Entry/Admission - Cogges Manor Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Bampton Library
  • Entry/Admission - Highclere Castle

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • This tour departs every day that Highclere Castle is open in 2019!
  • Please note: Once the booking is submitted all sales are final, non-changeable, non-transferable and incur 100% cancellation penalties
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Departure Point

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


Departure Time

7:30 AM


Return Details

London Victoria Rail Station, Victoria, London SW1W 0AH, UK

Voucher info

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

Duration

11 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Richard R

09 Sep, 2019

This tour was absolutely worthwhile for us. The smaller group made it seem more intimate.

We all met at the Hard Rock London where the fun began. We first made a services stop to get food and beverage for the day so that we could have a picnic on the lawn at Highclere. After Highclere, we drove through the countryside until we got to the Yew Tree Farm where we spent lots of time exploring the gardens, the house and the barns. The cafe was a great place to end the tour with a tea.

Afterwards, we took country roads to some other scenic sites from the show - I'll leave those as surprise extras for you. We eventually landed in Bampton, where we were able to tour the village, the church, the library and visit local shops.

Highclere was the eventual highlight of the day where we did a tour of the house (tip: dont do this first, explore the grounds, have a drink, eat your lunch), toured the grounds, visited the exhibit in the basement and took lots of pictures.

Thank you to International Friends, and especially Amber and Richard and the staff at Yew Tree and Highclere.

Amber was a fantastic tour guide, chock full of humor, information, anecdotes, stories and insider tips for us. Our driver, Richard, was also fantastic, navigating the roads like a professional and getting us to our destinations safe, sound and on-time.

matthew m

09 Sep, 2019

In the states Tony would have his own TV show- he’s personable, witty and has a wealth of knowledge that should be put in an available tour book.. not kidding, we all would buy it! Great Day- Do It!

Kenneth M

15 Aug, 2019

For Downton Abbey Lovers this was the dream trip..it would be important to have Steve be the guide. Knew every episode showed u where everything happened, it doesn't get any better than with Steve!!

mark m

14 Aug, 2019

This tour was everything I'd hoped for when surprising my daughter with a trip to see the sights of her favorite tv series. Our guide Tony was a pure delight- witty, funny, full of interesting behind the scenes information. The tour allows you to see areas of the Cotswolds and ends with three good hours at Highclere. The small group allowed us to see and do more as well as become friends. Great day!

mayaforestier

07 Aug, 2019

My daughter and I took this small group tour of the Downton Abbey filming locations and the Cotswolds yesterday. Our guide, Andrew, was knowledgable and presented the history and anecdotes in a very entertaining way. We enjoyed the day very much!

User's Picture Gallery

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Merci à mon épouse de m'avoir offert cette magnifique excursion

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Highclere

From any angle, this castle is perfection!

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Church of St Mary Bampton

...where Lady Mary and Matthew were married.

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Jackdaws Castle

The gardens at Highclere Castle.

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