Join us as we enter a world of elegance on the Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Highclere Castle – Small Group Tour. We explore some of the most iconic scenes featured across the TV series.
A guide with heaps of Downton Abbey knowledge will be on hand to show you memorable filming locations such as Downton village, St Mary’s Church, Yew Tree Farm and majestic Downton Abbey itself. We visit filming locations in the Cotswolds that coaches are unable to reach. The entrance fee to Highclere Castle is included in the tour price.
Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets are 100% non-refundable.
From €223 per person
Covid-19 safety measures
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- World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ initiative
- UK government advice on travelling in Britain
- Working closely with our key partners (e.g. tourist attractions) and staff (guides, drivers).
We have been awarded the “We’re Good To Go” mark. This is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism business has worked hard to implement procedures in line with Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
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- Office layout has been re-designed to ensure staff keep their physical distance, and we have limited the number of staff in common back-of-house areas where possible.
- Protocols in place to minimise physical contact. Physical distancing protocols have been implemented.
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The Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Highclere Castle - Small Group Tour begins by heading to the Cotswolds to the West of London. There are a wealth of fantastic photo opportunities here as we witness the picturesque rolling hill and honey-coloured village buildings. We make our way to Cogges, the century-old farm before enjoying a walk through the animal inhabited farmyard fields.
Your Downton Abbey guide will provide the history of how Cogges fit into Downton. The Drewe family and Lady Edith’s daughter Marigold grew up at Yew Tree Farm, and you’ll get to explore the filming location first hand. Before heading to the old milking barn and enjoying a coffee, we experience an exclusive documentary surrounding a day’s filming in Downton in the Manor House.
Next, we take a short drive through the picturesque Cotswolds to stops at Shilton, which was a location featured in series two.
We move onto Bampton, which is home to the Downton Village. You’ll have some time here to explore where some of the series most memorable characters were laid to rest in St Mary’s graveyard. Entering the church, we see first hand where at least one iconic character was jilted, and many others were blissfully married. Exploring the outside of the church will provide excellent views of the village green, Mrs Crawley’s home, and the Cottage Hospital nearby.
You’ll also get to witness the houses that were converted to create the Grantham Pub, the post office and the Dog and Duck. You might like to purchase a souvenir from the small Downton gift shop before we move on.
The next part of the Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Highclere Castle - Small Group Tour begins when we arrive at Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey. You’ll witness some of the scenes which featured memorable moments from Bilot, explore the dining room where delicious dialogue is served, the sitting room and Lord Robert’s library. Check out the location where the body of Kemal Pamuk was moved and where Bates was tripped up by O’Brien. After exploring the family bedrooms, we head down the grand staircase towards the salon.
In the basement we can marvel at the Tutankhamun and Egyptology, learning about the 5th Earl’s expeditions to the Valley of the Kings. Before leaving the tour, you might like to relax in a nearby restaurant and have lunch 9at an additional cost).
The tour draws to a close by transporting you back to Victoria Train Station in London one of London’s most significant transport locations.
Pick-up points and departure times
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated pick-up point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
07:15hrs outside the British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street, or
07:30hrs outside the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch, or
07:45hrs outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside the hotel entrance)
09:15hrs outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15 – 16 Broad Street
Passengers from Oxford will be returned to Oxford by taxi after the tour.