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Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour

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Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Visit real-life ‘Downton Abbey’ filming locations on this black cab tour from London. Choose from three different itineraries, each of which is inspired by the popular TV drama, then sit back in your iconic transport and learn about Britain’s aristocracy and the fictional Crawley family as your personal driver-guide chauffeurs you from site to site. You might visit Greys Court, otherwise known as Downton Place; the Downton village of Bampton; or the stately Highclere Castle, which features as Downton Abbey itself.
  • Full-day black cab tour of Downton Abbey with a private guide
  • Listen to insider gossip about the beloved British period drama
  • Visit the filming sites of Downton village, Downton Place or Highclere Castle
  • Learn about present-day British aristocracy as you explore the sites
  • Choose from three different Downton Abbey–inspired itineraries

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Exploring by classic London black cab offers a romantic way to travel—and lets you beat the crowds.
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Bottled water
Private transportation
Private guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Afternoon tea

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
A Central London Hotel is one with a post code (or zip code)  E1, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, N1, SE1, SW1, SW3, SW7, W1, W2, W8, WC1, WC2. Should your Hotel be outside of these areas, or in the suburbs or Airport locations, we would be happy to provide you with a separate quote.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Electric Taxi max 6 passengers
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Capital Taxi Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Nice experience.
, Sep 2019
I want to start off with the positives. Our guide, Andrew, was at our hotel right on time and he was wonderful!! He was funny and very knowledgeable about Downton. Considering we were with him over 8 hrs, he made the long drive enjoyable. Visiting the little town where Downton was filmed was very nice, but very small. The church was lovely. The negative surprise came when I said I’m ready to go to Highclere Castle and was told it would be at least a 90 min drive from the village. Wow!! My husband & I were shocked because it took a long time to get to the church and then we had to be in the car another 90 mins just to see the castle. Then the long drive back to London after spending less than 2 hrs at the Castle and castle grounds. I’m so grateful for Andrew. He was very interesting to talk to. I think the Downton Tour as advertised is very misleading. It says nothing about the distance between the castle and the town. We didn’t realize that most of our trip would be spent in the taxi. It was a very expensive trip and I felt like the company wasn’t completely honest with how much time you would be in the taxi. I’m glad I did it, but not sure I would recommend it without explaining what you would actually be doing all day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Downton Abbey
, Aug 2019
We had a lovely day visiting the Downton Abbey film locations it was wonderful despite being very busy as it was fathers day. would highly recommed to Downton Abbey fans
Fabulous VIP Experience
, Jul 2019
Andrew was obviously a Downton Abbey fan and shared a lot of trivia. He was also exceedingly knowledgeable about the actual history of the filming spots that we stopped to see. He was very accommodating and helpful when one of our passengers got car sick. Just can’t say enough positive things about this tour. We were promised a good tour guide and Andrew did not disappoint! We loved making this trip in the black cab. It truly was a fabulous, VIP experience!
Great tour!
, Jul 2019
Richard was a wonderful guide! He generously shared his vast knowledge of the filming locations as well as his extensive knowledge of the English countryside and London locations If we return to London we will book tours and request Richard. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best Day of My Holiday
, Nov 2018
My black cab Downton Abbey tour was amazing. Andrew was so knowledgeable and took such care to make sure I had a memorable experience. From pick up to drop-off, we were chatting Downton, London, and everything in between. I felt like I was sightseeing with an old friend, not someone I just met. He knew so many details and made the day absolutely grand. If I'm given the chance to come back to London, capital taxi tours will be the top of my list!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Downton Wonderful
Roxanne W
, Jul 2018
We had a wonderful time, from the initial guidance on how to gain access to the castle, to where to get great snacks, our guide, Andrew, was informative, professional, kind, and fun!
This was a wonderful experience! Our...
, Apr 2018
This was a wonderful experience! Our guide, Andrew, was absolutely incredible. He was so knowledgeable about the area, had great anecdotes about each location, and even suggested a delicious restaurant for lunch. Also, he was five minutes early picking us up at Waterloo Station. He truly made this a magnificent experience.
Wonderful tour. Wonderful and...
Vera S
, Feb 2018
Wonderful tour. Wonderful and knowledgeable guide, very comfortable and leisure tour. Expensive, but worth every penny spent. The visit to Blemheim Palace was a highlight.
Oh my goodness - Truly the highlight...
, Dec 2017
Oh my goodness - Truly the highlight of our trip!! I cannot say enough about this tour. Steve was very prompt, courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. I knew we were going to Bampton and Highclere but along the way he also brought us to the spot used to film when Anna goes to find Bates at The Red Lion pub. We drove right through that ford of water that her bus goes through in that scene. He also took us to another interesting old church and pointed out the graves of 3 sisters he thinks the Crawley girls may have been modeled after. We enjoyed Bampton Village VERY much. So very neat to walk around the square and visit the site used for the hospital, which is now a lovely little souvenir shop run by volunteers. Going inside the church was an extra special treat. Just walking along the walkway with all of the old headstones - it really is like you are walking around Downton Village, it is all so familiar. Now watching the show is even more enjoyable with these real images fresh in my mind. I notice things in the show now that I saw in real life and it gives it an added thrill. There was no shortage of photo ops and Steve made sure we got plenty. Highclere Castle is just amazing!! The furniture and portraits are just what you know and love from the show. And yes, there are blank shields on the mantle piece. No one really knows exactly why but surmise they were for future marriages. There are many interesting personal and historical photos on display of the real Carnarvon family. It was the expedition of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon that discovered King Tut's tomb and there is a very interesting Egyptian exhibit downstairs. It was the Christmas opening when we were there so there were carolers in the great hall which added to the experience. If you love Downton Abbey this is a Must-Do tour. SO much more personal and enjoyable than a group bus tour. We truly enjoyed our interaction with our driver/guide Steve. He made sure to take plenty of pictures of us to commemorate our trip and went out of his way to find us a pub to eat on the way home. He was fun and engaging and full of interesting facts and trivia. He saw to our every need and was a perfect gentleman in every way. Thank you so much, Steve, for a truly marvelous, memorable day. Happy Christmas to you and yours! p.s. Also a shout-out to Capital Taxi Tours for handling the whole booking so efficiently. They even offered assistance in getting tickets to Highclere which I thought was truly going above and beyond. Thank you Allyson!
Steve Cahill, our personal driver...
Judith H
, Sep 2017
Steve Cahill, our personal driver and tour guide, was wonderful. He was extremely accommodating, flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. We loved every minute of our day. Thank you, Steve.

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