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

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Explore the jewel in the crown of the TV show Downton Abbey with this visit to Highclere Castle.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bampton
Get a guided tour of the village featured in the TV show and movie. See the church, Crawley House, the post office and village green. So many scenes were shot here and your guide will give you behind the scenes info and how the village was used.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free

Traveler Tips


  • "The Castle tour was good, you go on your own, so you can choose your pace and what you want to see." See review
  • "We always try to take a small group as we don’t enjoy the huge coach experience." See review
  • "A small group tour is the only way to go." See review

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Don’t Miss Out!!
nikki732019
, Nov 2019
An absolute must!! Day was fabulous, couldn’t recommend enough! Very professional, knowledgeable but fun tour guide! Allocated times were great!! A must see for fans!!
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Tour was great -- small bus a little uncomforatable
Storyteller825580
, Sep 2019
We enjoyed our tour of Highclaire Castle and the town a Bampton. Our tour guide, whose name escapes me at the moment, was fabulous and provided many extra tidbits about the filming and the story lines. A most enjoyable day except for the coach was not the most comfortable. We took the smaller coach thinking we wouldn't be in such a large group, thinking we'd get more personalized attention, which was accurate. However, I ended up sitting all the way in the back in the corner, not enough leg room or seat room, very uncomfortable.
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A dream come true!
j m
, Aug 2019
Our guide and driver, Caroline and Ray, were fantastic! It was my dream to visit Highclere Castle and tour the areas that Downton Abbey were filmed. The tour was very enjoyable and Caroline's enthusiasm and knowledge were the highlight of the tour. The tour was the perfect length, and the locations were great. I would highly recommend this tour, and if you are lucky to have Caroline and Ray as your guide/driver, you will not be disappointed!
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Best ever
Marcel208
, Aug 2019
This was a small group tour with a dynamic and very personable tour guide, Eva. Eva was very knowledgeable about the Downtown Abbey series and Highclere Castle...it's history, owners, etc. One of the best tours we have taken. Thank you
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A fun day, great things to see, a reckless driver
Kevinsac
, Aug 2019
The sights to see were enchanting. It was fun taking a step back through Hollywood to the early parts of the 20th Century. The drive back to London was harrowing. I will blame some of it on poorly maintained country roads. I will blame some of it on a woefully lacking suspension system in the bus. And I will put a lot of the blame on them irresponsible driver, who went to fast over many of the streets which resulted in several of the passengers being bounced out of their seats, despite wearing seatbelts. There were several occasions where the passengers yelled and screamed at the driver to slow down. Well I don’t think any of us ever were in danger, his reckless driving left several of the passengers scared.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Thanks for your feedback and sorry to hear that you felt the driving was sub standard. As we dont know who you are and what date you went on we cant look into this and remedy the situation. We have never had an issue with regards to the quality of driving before so this is a first for us. You mentioned that passengers bouned out of their seats even with seat belts. Can you clarify this as this would seem physically impossible. Also you mentioned that people were screaming yet didnt feel in danger which contradicts your complaint. Please contact us directly for more information. Thanks Brit Movie Torus
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Great Tour, Great Guide
Theodora G
, Aug 2019
This was a great tour and an Amazing Guide!, The trip was all things Downton. episodes on DVR, Games, bits of Trivia, Katherine was super fun, knowledgeable and a great guide, would definitely recommend
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Tour great, transportation awful
MJNeville2019
, Aug 2019
Our guide Amber & driver Kevin were great. Sadly the van we rode in (new) was terribly uncomfortable. At 5’7” I barely fit in the seat, knees jammed in seat in front. Glad my 6’4” husband didn’t go! Won’t be able to do tours with you any longer, too unpleasant. And I really wanted to go Midsummer Murders. 😟
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Excellent
tranch81
, Aug 2019
Our guide, Kathryn, was terrific. She gave us plenty of inside information about the series and the house and village. Would have enjoyed more time in the village. Overall a wonderful day.
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Wonderful Trip to Re-live Downton Abbey
Doug S
, Aug 2019
Amber was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. The castle was breathtaking and went beyond expectations. It was a very fun day!
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Downton Abbey Small Group Tour
Claire L
, Aug 2019
Great tour, great guide Amber did an excellent job. Incorporated the TV program into the whole day. Really enjoyed the day.

Product code: 5936P30

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