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

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    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4SF, UK
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Entry to Highclere Castle
    • Transport by Mini Coach
    • Entry/Admission - Highclere Castle
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

    My mother and I travelled from Australia very excited to experience and see the place that started the phenomenon of downton Abbey. We were certainly not dissapointed. Eva was a very approachable,bubbly and knowlegable guide. She was responsive to questions and had a thorough understanding...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jessica K
    Reviewed 29 August 2019

    The castle and gardens definitely worth a visit. We were a group of 15. This was the first time the driver had done this run and he drove far too fast. On a couple of the country roads where there were ruts and pot holes...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Shelley T
    Reviewed 28 August 2019

    My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide and driver were great and gave us a lot of details on how they film the Downton Village scenes. It's hard to believe that most of the filming took place in about 300 feet on...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Mark W
    Reviewed 27 August 2019

    The small group tour of Bampton and Highclere was outstanding. Eva was an amazing guide, with extensive knowledge of the village of Bampton and the production of Downton Abbey. I highly recommend it for Downton fans.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Ibsrnc
    Reviewed 24 August 2019

    Sadly, we remember neither the driver's nor the tour guide's names, but the driver did his work competently, and our tour guide kept the lengthy drive to and from Highclere lively. We watched scenes from Downton Abbey, she told us some history of Highclere castle,...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Response from Ibsrnc | Reviewed this property |
    I think it depends on the age and their behavior. Don’t get me wrong, children will be children, and that’s okay. But Highclere is filled with antiques and precious objects. There’s no sitting, climbing , or touching. There... More
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    Response from Rachel Y | Reviewed this property |
    I don’t know. Probably not, the tour only runs during certain weeks of the year.
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    Response from Matt K | Reviewed this property |
    Our tour definitely left from London, which I think is generally desirable for most people. I don't recall our tour guide mentioning any versions of the tour leaving from anywhere else. We went from London to Bampton then to... More
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