Become Lord or Lady Grantham for the day with other fans of the show by visiting Highclere Castle. Visit the filming locations used for the BAFTA award winning period drama on a small group Downton Abbey tour of locations. The mini coach tour has a maximum of 15 persons and includes your own guide plus a driver. This tour offer is simply the best option for any true Downton Abbey fan.
Stop at Bampton – Downton village for a guided walk
The full day will start by departing from Gloucester Road in central London. Your first stop is in the charming village of Bampton, Oxfordshire. Many fans know this quiet rural location as Downton Village. Here your expert guide will take you on a slow-paced tour of village sites. See the exterior of Downton hospital, the village pub, and the former home of Matthew Crawley. You will be able to see the village green at the heart of many dramatic scenes.
The second part of the walking tour includes a guided visit to the exterior and interior of the local church. See the resting place of Matthew Crawley and where Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson tied the knot. All of these locations are great photo opportunities.
Throughout the day you will find out how the global hit TV series was made with fascinating anecdotes. Learn about the actors involved and about the wonderful history of the places you visit on the tour.
Before departing you will get to have a short comfort break. From here you will board the mini-coach and travel in comfort to Highclere Castle. Highclere is used as the main Downton Abbey set and you will learn about its 1000 year history and life ‘above and below stairs’.
Afternoon at Highclere Castle and explore Downton Abbey yourself
Food for lunch can be purchased at the castle or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy afternoon tea in the beautiful grounds. You’ll be able to explore independently the ‘Above Stairs’ area on the ground and first floors inside Downton Abbey. Our self-guided information sheet will avail you of all the details you need. Areas of the castle you will be able to visit include the entrance, library, music room and drawing-room. Other rooms you can see include the morning room, staircase, saloon, dining room and the servant’s staircase.
As you wander around the estate, you will be able to imagine life as it was over 100 years ago. It will require little imagination to experience the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Then the Downton Abbey tour will draw to a close as you depart for central London.
DISCLAIMER: This tour is an unlicensed and unauthorized tour of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBCUniversal International Limited. Brit Movie Tours Limited and this tour does not have any association with, or connection to, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.
- Visit the Oxfordshire village used as Downton village and see the home of Matthew Crawley and where the church, village fair and hospital scenes were made
- Refresh your memory watching episodes of Downton Abbey as you travel between locations
- Wander around the ‘Above Stairs’ rooms of the property used as Downton Abbey including the drawing room, main hall and library where many of the dramatic scenes involving the Crawley family were filmed