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Follow in the footsteps of the Dowager Countess of Grantham and other much-loved ‘Downton Abbey’ characters on this day trip to the hit British TV series’ most famous filming locations. Departing from London, this tour takes you into beautiful Oxfordshire, where you’ll visit Downton village, Cogges Manor Farm, and the magnificent Highclere Castle.
  • Full-day 'Downton Abbey' filming locations tour including Highclere Castle, narrated by a knowledgeable guide
  • Travel from London to Oxfordshire to see a collection of sites used in the popular TV drama
  • Hear trivia and insider gossip about the 'Downton Abbey' series and characters such as Lady Mary
  • Visit a farm near Cogges and wander around the Cotswolds village of Bampton that was featured as Downton village
  • Explore the grounds and state rooms of Highclere Castle including the bedrooms and the music room
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Entry to Highclere Castle
Entry to Cogges Manor Farm
Guided tour of Bampton
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

c, o, Great Cumberland Pl, London W1H 7DL, UK

07.30am Outside the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Cumberland Hotel)

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

London SW1W 0AH, UK

Returns to London Victoria Station at approximately 6.30pm.

Depart from central London in a comfortable, climate-controlled coach and travel to Oxfordshire, where much of the hit British television series 'Downton Abbey' was filmed. As you travel, hear trivia about the show, which follows the lives and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their staff, from your guide.

Stop first at Cogges Manor Farm, where you’ll stop for a hot drink in the on-site cafe (own expense) and see some locations featured on the show. Then, continue to the village of Bampton, a picturesque Cotswolds’ village that was used as Downton village. Explore on foot with your guide and see the church where Lady Mary wed Matthew Crawley, the Grantham Arms pub, and other recognizable filming sites.

Continue to Highclere Castle, arguably the most famous 'Downton Abbey' site. With your guide, you’ll explore the grand estate, which features as Downton Abbey itself, and its grounds. Wander around the Monk’s Garden, White Border, Wood of Goodwill, and the Secret Garden. Then enjoy free time for lunch at the tea rooms (own expense) before heading inside Highclere to the lavishly decorated staterooms.

See the Red Stairs, saloon, gallery, and bedrooms that have been appeared on screen, and hear about popular characters, such as Lady Edith and the Dowager Countess of Grantham, as well as the real-life family who have owned Highclere Castle for centuries. 

Your day trip then concludes with a drop-off at in central London.
Stop At:  
Bampton Library
Next, head to the Cotswold village of Bampton, a quintessentially English village that featured as Downton village. On a walking tour, see the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley, and the house that was once used as the Crawley family home. Then, stroll along the main street, passing sights such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cogges Manor Farm
Then, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and relax on the journey to Oxfordshire. As you travel, listen to your guide share entertaining tales and trivia about the British period drama TV series, Downton Abbey. Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the hit show follows the lives, dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days before, during and after World War I. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Edith and Dowager Countess of Grantham, and uncover little-known facts about the filming locations visited on your tour. Your first stop is at Cogges Manor Farm. Sip on a hot drink (own expense) in its rustic cafe before discovering a few of the farm’s shooting locations.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Continue on to Highclere Castle, one of the most famous Downton filming locations. With your guide leading the way, explore the grand estate that surrounds the castle including Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and the Wood of Goodwill, and learn about Highclere Castle’s role as the Grantham family home. After free time for lunch or a snack in the on-site tea rooms (own expense), make your way into the castle to explore its lavish state rooms with your guide. Follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lady Sybil and Tom Branson as you wander through the dining, smoking and music rooms, and learn all about the Carnarvons, the real-life family who have owned Highclere Castle since the late 17th century. See other impressive filming sites, such as the Red Stairs, saloon, gallery and bedrooms, then return to your coach and relax on the journey back to London. Your day trip then concludes with a drop-off at London Victoria Station, which as excellent transport links to all parts of London and beyond.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Once the booking is submitted all sales are final, non-changeable, non-transferable and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY International Friends
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    Fabulous tour of our beloved show!
    , Sep 2021
    Actually seeing where this series took place was amazing! We loved the grounds and felt connected to the show.
    Tour of a Lifetime!!
    , Nov 2019
    This tour was an absolute wonderful experience!! It was especially made so by our amazing tour guide! She’d been doing it for so long and knew all the great spots to point out, take pictures, recall scenes in the show, and showed us her special photo album. She made the tour even more special by playing the last episode while traveling to and from. And especially knocked it out of the park by queuing the DA theme as we approached the castle. It was breathtaking and gave you chills!! We were able to stroll the grounds at leisure, shop, eat and then walk around the house when your specific entrance time was called. If you loved DA, this is especially the tour for you!! It was absolutely wonderful!!
    A Very Downton Day
    , Jun 2019
    So fun to see Downton Abbey locations, including the real-life farm that stands in for Yew Tree Farm in the show, the town where the village scenes were filmed, and of course Highclere Castle itself. The tour was well-organized and our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Tour bus was comfortable, with cushioned seats and large windows for easy viewing. We had a great time!
    Awesome Tour for Downton Abbey fanss!
    , May 2019
    This tour is a must for Downton Abbey fans! Our guide, Andrew was awesome and told great stories along the way. We loved it!!
    Downtown Fans Will Love This Tour!
    , Sep 2018
    Andrew, tour guide, very knowledgeable. Downton Abbry does not disappoint. Countryside is so beautiful. Worth every penny!
    Downton Abbey Delight
    , Sep 2018
    we could not have asked for a better way to experience the sights of the Downton Abbey world. The guide was impeccable in his knowledge and kindness.
    If you love Downton Abbey you will love this tour!
    , Jul 2018
    Andrew our guide was outstanding! The stops were along the way were great. But getting to Highclere was the highlight. Loved the entire experience!
    40th Wedding Anniversary
    , Jul 2018
    Outstanding. Great guide enjoyed every minute. Our guy was so well informed and knew the show forward and backwards. We had a fabulous time and saw so much.
    An incredible tour for the Downton...
    Malinda P
    , Dec 2017
    An incredible tour for the Downton Abbey lover! A full day packed with history and beauty. I highly recommend it!
    FANTASTIC TOUR!!! Apart from the...
    Katherine C
    , Oct 2017
    FANTASTIC TOUR!!! Apart from the very early start. But really, if you love Downton Abbey, you must do this tour. Definitely spent alot of time in and around the house and gardens. The lunch and morning tea was very nice too. Do yourself a favour and book the tour.

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