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Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Trace the footsteps of Lady Mary Crawley on a full-day tour of rural ‘Downton Abbey’ locations from London. Rewind to the early 20th-century Britain portrayed in the hit TV period drama, and tour the Oxfordshire village that doubled as Downton as you hear anecdotes about the series and actors. Plus, visit Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey, to explore its above-stairs rooms and gardens independently. Highclere admission and round-trip transport included.
  • 9-hour ‘Downton Abbey’ country locations tour from London
  • Travel to the Cotswolds village that doubled as Downton in the hit TV series
  • See the church and buildings used as the village pub, hospital, and home of Matthew Crawley
  • Visit the real-life Downton Abbey of Highclere Castle and explore its rooms independently
  • Hear behind-the-scenes trivia about the actors and making of the series
  • Highclere admission fee and round-trip transportation included
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Local guide
Live commentary on board
Entry to Highclere Castle
Transport by Mini Coach
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
SW7 4SF , Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4SF, UK

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early at your meeting point as the tour will leave promptly. The meeting point is at Gloucester Road tube station (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines). A guide will be waiting for you next to the station exit outside the flower shop (Flowers Inc).

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the meeting point in central London in the morning and settle into your air-conditioned vehicle with your guide and separate driver.

Then, soak in the views as you head toward Oxfordshire. Along the way, admire the rolling pastures and stone villages of the Cotswolds, the quintessentially English region of hills where much of the award-winning Downton Abbey series was filmed.

Arrive in the charming Cotswolds village that doubled as the fictional Downton, and hop out for a guided tour. Stroll through the pretty lanes to see the church and buildings that served as the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and Downton Cottage Hospital as your guide shares anecdotes and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-loved series, and its actors and storylines.

After a bit of free time here, continue to Highclere Castle, the beautiful Jacobean-style mansion that served as the Crawleys’ family home in the drama. On route, learn about the castle’s 1,000-year-old history and intriguing snippets about life ‘above and below stairs.’

On arrival, take in the splendid gardens and turreted exterior of the 19th-century house, and head inside. Enjoy ample time to explore the above-stairs rooms independently using a self-guided information sheet, including the main hall, drawing room, and library. Immerse yourself in the world of the Crawley family as you walk around, building a picture of what real life was like here more than 100 years ago, in the era the series was set.

If you wish, visit the café at Highclere for a light lunch, or perhaps bring a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful grounds.

Afterward, relax on your return journey, ending your tour with a drop-off in central London.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Explore the jewel in the crown of the TV show Downton Abbey with this visit to Highclere Castle.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bampton
Get a guided tour of the village featured in the TV show and movie. See the church, Crawley House, the post office and village green. So many scenes were shot here and your guide will give you behind the scenes info and how the village was used.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Brit Movie 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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London?
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 Small Group Tour: Downton Abbey and Village Tour of Locations from London?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "The Castle tour was good, you go on your own, so you can choose your pace and what you want to see." See review
  • "We always try to take a small group as we don’t enjoy the huge coach experience." See review
  • "Overall the tour is good with plenty of time to explore the castle and grounds there are great places to have lunch set out in the gardens." See review

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star-4
Great day trip!
Julia_P
, May 2022
Went to Highclere castle and a tour of the Downton Village. The meeting point was very easy to find and the guide was on time. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information about the castle and village. He also had pictures to put things in context, which I really liked! I felt there was adequate time to look around, but could have spent all day there easily. The grounds and garden are stunning! My main tips would be that the tour guide offers people to go to the bathroom before you start the tour of the village because let’s face it after an hour plus ride from London and coffee..you will have to go to the bathroom when you get there not after you tour the village! Also, some may need motion sickness meds.. it’s bumpy and some back roads. This is a really nice day!
star-5
Fantastic tour, worth every penny!
Audrey_B
, May 2022
We really enjoyed everything about the tour but especially hearing from Michael about how certain scenes were filmed and seeing photos of scenes from the show in the same location in the village. The village tour was grest! Loved being able to go inside the church. Michael was a great guide; he shared many details about the castle and the Caernarvon family history. The actual tour around the castle was wonderful and met all of our expectations. There were volunteers in several rooms who were able to answer questions and add insight into the art, furnishings, and other historical details. John was an excellent driver and we felt very safe with him driving. The Cafe and gift store were lively additions to the tour.
star-5
Great Experience!
Jason_S
, May 2022
Seeing the castle and walking through it was amazing! Relaxing and at your own pace - did not feel rushed and was able to take in all of the information that was presented. Everyone was really friendly throughout the entire day. Don’t forget to walk the gardens…very scenic!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Fun daytrip
Darryl_M
, May 2022
Stuart shared many fun facts of film trickery and scene making. Seeing Bampton was fun and worthwhile even if you're not a Downton Abbey fan.
star-4
A Day at Downton!
Diane_L
, May 2022
Over all the tour was very good. The first stop was the small town where they filmed parts of the series. There we only went into the church and to one building. We had time to catch a quick bite, then off to the castle. Once at the castle we had MORE than plenty of time to see the inside of the castle and walk the grounds. Our tour guide, Stewart was a bit chatty for some, and at time went off tour script. On our travels to and from we watch the very first show of the series and the very last show of the series. This is not a fast pace tour, and with travels from meeting point this tour was around 8 hours long.
star-5
Outstanding tour with a great guide.
Morris_A
, Apr. 2022
Excellent bucket list tour. My wife enjoyed seeing all the locations from Downton Abbey. The guide was outstanding.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
What an awesome day! 😊
Sheryl_R
, Apr. 2022
I highly recommend this tour. Our tour director met us promptly at the Glouscester Rd. tube station. The bus was waiting for us. Our director was Eva and she was delightful and fun. She talked about Downton Abbey, the characters and the places we would visit. When we arrived at Bampton, Eva showed us the filming locations, the church, Crawley house, hospital, various other village locations. We were able to go inside the beautiful church where the weddings took place. It is very old and historic. Then, back on the bus to head to Highclere / Downton Abbey. Eva gave us our entry tickets and showed us where the tea rooms, shop, toilets were. Then we were on our own to tour the castle and ask questions of docents in each room while looking around. We had plenty of time to explore the castle and gardens as well as have something to eat, shop at the gift shop. Our trip back to London was fun with some Downton trivia games and watching an episode from the series. It was a most enjoyable day. Thank you Eva for such a fun time. PS, my husband saw the Countess of Carnarvon walking around and talking to guests. I was in the gift shop and missed seeing her.
star-5
Perfect side trip!
Susan_S
, Apr. 2022
Fun ride to castle, great guide! Whole experience perfect. Amount of time, guide, visit to Downton was well planned.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
A great experience
Debra_B
, Apr. 2022
Tony was a great tour guide. I especially enjoyed his commentary and his knowledge of Downton Abbey.
star-5
Waited for over 2 years...
DianneGrenier
, Apr. 2022
Waited for over 2 years for this trip. It did not disappoint! Ben was the best!!! Our advice is listen to Ben and you will have a wonderful time!!!!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-2
Overpriced and not enough time
Aidan_M
, Sep. 2021
5 hours of driving. Short tour at Brampton with only 20 minutes to explore. Very busy at Highclere and given only 2.5 hours. The queue to get in was an hour long and queue for food was 30 minutes which only gave you one real hour to explore. When purchased through this company they buy the cheapest ticket which does not grant you access to the Egyptian exhibit in basement (despite it only being 5 additional) and was sold out day of and this was a big draw for me that missed out despite the $175 pricetag. Also note no photos are allowed inside the castle. The tour guide is not allowed to guide you inside either, which I kinda thought was the entire point, they just give you a pamphlet. I would recommend looking directly at the castles website to book as you can book a guided tour, afternoon tea, and ensure you can see the whole exhibit. I have to saw this was my biggest disappointment of my whole trip. Save your money and find an alternative way to get there. They should be more up front and disclose what I pointed out.
3 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Don’t Miss Out!!
nikki732019
, Nov. 2019
An absolute must!! Day was fabulous, couldn’t recommend enough! Very professional, knowledgeable but fun tour guide! Allocated times were great!! A must see for fans!!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Tour was great -- small bus a little uncomforatable
Mary_G
, Sep. 2019
We enjoyed our tour of Highclaire Castle and the town a Bampton. Our tour guide, whose name escapes me at the moment, was fabulous and provided many extra tidbits about the filming and the story lines. A most enjoyable day except for the coach was not the most comfortable. We took the smaller coach thinking we wouldn't be in such a large group, thinking we'd get more personalized attention, which was accurate. However, I ended up sitting all the way in the back in the corner, not enough leg room or seat room, very uncomfortable.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
A dream come true!
Jessica_M
, Aug. 2019
Our guide and driver, Caroline and Ray, were fantastic! It was my dream to visit Highclere Castle and tour the areas that Downton Abbey were filmed. The tour was very enjoyable and Caroline's enthusiasm and knowledge were the highlight of the tour. The tour was the perfect length, and the locations were great. I would highly recommend this tour, and if you are lucky to have Caroline and Ray as your guide/driver, you will not be disappointed!
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Best ever
Marcel208
, Aug. 2019
This was a small group tour with a dynamic and very personable tour guide, Eva. Eva was very knowledgeable about the Downtown Abbey series and Highclere Castle...it's history, owners, etc. One of the best tours we have taken. Thank you
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-2
A fun day, great things to see, a reckless driver
KEVIN_S
, Aug. 2019
The sights to see were enchanting. It was fun taking a step back through Hollywood to the early parts of the 20th Century. The drive back to London was harrowing. I will blame some of it on poorly maintained country roads. I will blame some of it on a woefully lacking suspension system in the bus. And I will put a lot of the blame on them irresponsible driver, who went to fast over many of the streets which resulted in several of the passengers being bounced out of their seats, despite wearing seatbelts. There were several occasions where the passengers yelled and screamed at the driver to slow down. Well I don’t think any of us ever were in danger, his reckless driving left several of the passengers scared.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2019
Hi Thanks for your feedback and sorry to hear that you felt the driving was sub standard. As we dont know who you are and what date you went on we cant look into this and remedy the situation. We have never had an issue with regards to the quality of driving before so this is a first for us. You mentioned that passengers bouned out of their seats even with seat belts. Can you clarify this as this would seem physically impossible. Also you mentioned that people were screaming yet didnt feel in danger which contradicts your complaint. Please contact us directly for more information. Thanks Brit Movie Torus
star-5
Great Tour, Great Guide
Theodora G
, Aug. 2019
This was a great tour and an Amazing Guide!, The trip was all things Downton. episodes on DVR, Games, bits of Trivia, Katherine was super fun, knowledgeable and a great guide, would definitely recommend
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Tour great, transportation awful
MaryJo_N
, Aug. 2019
Our guide Amber & driver Kevin were great. Sadly the van we rode in (new) was terribly uncomfortable. At 5’7” I barely fit in the seat, knees jammed in seat in front. Glad my 6’4” husband didn’t go! Won’t be able to do tours with you any longer, too unpleasant. And I really wanted to go Midsummer Murders. 😟
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent
tranch81
, Aug. 2019
Our guide, Kathryn, was terrific. She gave us plenty of inside information about the series and the house and village. Would have enjoyed more time in the village. Overall a wonderful day.
star-5
Wonderful Trip to Re-live Downton Abbey
Doug S
, Aug. 2019
Amber was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. The castle was breathtaking and went beyond expectations. It was a very fun day!

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