Downton Abbey Countryside Excursion by Black Cab

Fans of the Downton Abbey TV series, we will understand if you hog the attention of your historian guide all the way, but keep your eyes peeled for the sights of Royal Berkshire and the Cotswolds region, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sheep-studded hills, rural farmsteads, blues skies, you get the drift.

Please note: Admission to Highclare Castle is not included. You’ll have to bring your own tickets to Highclare Castle.

From 658 per vehicle

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Your health and safety are our top priorities at Black Cab Heritage Tours. We’ve implemented the following special measures to keep you safe both during and after your tour:

Private Tours: London Black Cabs have a maximum seating capacity for up to 6 guests in a private setting. This capacity is ideal for couples and small family groups.

Stringent Cleaning: Each guide sanitises their black cab with disinfectant cleaning agents after each tour activity. The passenger area has separately controlled air-conditioning. Driver Guides wash and sanitise their hands on a frequent basis throughout the day. In addition, hand sanitizer is available to all guests.

Social Distancing: A transparent partition screen provides a private passenger compartment, providing a safe space for guests. This exceeds the current 2 metres minimum distance based on UK Government guidelines. Our drivers promote panoramic sightseeing in the safest and cleanest form of London transport. Presentation stops are conducted in quiet open air locations, away from crowded hot spots.

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Characters and dramatic scenes will flood your mind at Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey and the Grantham family home). Follow the site guide through State Rooms, galleries and panel presentations featuring your favourite episodes. The grand oak staircase is an instant hit with every visitor and so are the vast landscaped gardens. Enjoy a moment in the traditional tearoom before we set off to the soak in the rural vibe of Oxfordshire.

Downton devotes will find ye ancient market town of Bampton (it has appeared in every series since 2001) familiar. All the usual suspects that you expect are present, including Downton Church, Downton Cottage Hospital, the Crawley family home plus the Grantham Arms and Dog and Duck pubs. Peek into every alley in this charming hamlet, we won’t leave without you.

Daydream awhile over lunch at the riverside Swan Inn in Swinbrook village (where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed to plan their elopement). The next stop is Cogges, on the River Windrush and its historic manor house, which was the setting for Downton Abbey’s Yew Tree Farm. Lady Edith’s illegitimate daughter Marigold was being brought up here. Linger at Shilton’s 18th-century humped-back bridge next to a bubbling brook and make yourself comfortable at the Red Lion Pub where Mr. Bates went to work.

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3. The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook
The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

The Swan Pub in Swinbrook is one of the best pubs in the country. Sadly, due to time limits on the tour, we cannot stop here for any length of time. It’s still worth a visit as this is the pub that Branson and Lady Sybil elope to in series 2. It also has aristocratic links of its own, having been a favourite of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (the late Deborah Cavendish, nee Freeman-Mitford) who grew up in the nearby Asthall.

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