Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Highclere Castle

Enter the grand and elegant world of Downton Abbey, discover the locations used in the hit TV series, join your knowledgeable guide and long time fan who will take you to explore Downton village, St Mary’s Church, Yew Tree Farm and majestic Downton Abbey itself.

Entry to Highclere Castle included. See the main filming locations including Downton Village, Church and Farm.

Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets all bookings for this day trip are 100% non-refundable.

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We head west of London to the delightful and charming Cotswolds which double up for Yorkshire in the Downton Abbey TV series. Here we can explore honey coloured villages and gentle rolling hills as we head over to the centuries-old farm at Cogges.

We can enjoy a stroll though the farmyard and fields and say hello to the friendly animals that live here. We will learn of the role Cogges played in Downton Abbey as Yew Tree Farm, home of the Drewe family and the place where Lady Edith’s daughter Marigold was raised. Take your seats in the Manor House for a specially recorded documentary centred on a day’s filming here then relax over a coffee in the old milking barn.

A short drive through the Cotswolds will take us to Bampton which fans will immediately recognise as Downton Village. Here we can explore the church and graveyard at St Mary’s where some of the characters have their final resting place.

Inside the church we can see where many of them married, and at least one was jilted. Outside is Mrs Crawley’s house and the village green. The Cottage Hospital lies next door, and we can see the houses that they transformed into the Grantham Arms pub, the Dog and Duck and the village post office. Souvenir hunters will love the little gift shop here where Downton memorabilia can be purchased.

Next up is stately Downton Abbey itself! The magnificent house was designed by Charles Barry for the Earls of Carnarvon and Highclere Castle is still the home of the 8th Earl today. But for many of us this beautiful house and the landscaped gardens by “Capability” Brown will always be the house and grounds of Downton Abbey.

See the dining room, scene of some of Violet’s most well-loved comments, Lord Robert’s library, the sitting room, the family bedrooms and walk down the grand staircase to the salon. Check out the Tutenkhamun and Egyptology exhibition in the basement and learn of the 5th Earl’s expeditions to the Valley of the Kings.

Explore the landscaped grounds and gardens and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the restaurant. Don’t forget to visit some of the filming locations outside on other parts of estate. All in all a wonderful day of discovery for any Downton Abbey fan!

On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

Please note

Highclere Castle is a private residence, and as such reserve the right to close part or all of the Castle, Gardens or exhibition at short notice.

Important note about cancellations – Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets all bookings for this day trip are 100% non refundable.

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 (formerly the Cumberland Hotel), 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.

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  • Disclaimer

    This tour is independently operated by International Friends and is an unlicensed and unauthorised tour of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBCUniversal International Limited. This tour does not have any association with, or connection to, the television series Downton Abbey, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

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