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

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  • 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
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Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London
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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.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the meeting point in central London in the morning 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-guided 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.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amber was great and Ray, our driver, was very entertaining! Amber was full of energy and gave an excellent running commentary. Fun adventure and for fans, it’s a worthwhile tour.

Thank jensenly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to Bampton and Highclere Castle. Thanks to our wonderfull guide Amber who made our day amazing!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Katrien C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took this tour today with Elise and Ray. I’m the avid fan, my husband the loving supporter! I was completely enthralled with the town of Bampton and Highclere. Suffice it to say as I was walking theu the village and the castle, I was...More

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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I had a really fun time on this trip. There were 13 people in our group, which seemed like a good size. Ben was our tour guide, and he was really knowledgeable about the area (having grown up near Oxford) and about...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Matt K
Reviewed September 4, 2018

My wife is a huge Downton Abbey fan so we built a London/Edinburgh trip around this tour of Downton Abbey. A small group of 13 travelers met at a central location and we got underway. We were in a roomy and luxurious van and led...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Steven L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response but i just noticed your question. I am 75 and in good health and didn't see any aspects of the trip that would be age-related. There are stairs to negotiate at the Castle and some walking involved... More
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