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Itinerary
Depart from London by coach around 8:30a.m., and travel to the historical city of Oxford, roughly 1.5 hours away. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you’ll visit during your comprehensive walking tour.

On arrival, follow your guide along the timeworn streets, and check off top sights like the Bridge of Sighs. Then enjoy free time to sightsee independently.

When the time comes, return to your coach and relax on the journey to Bampton village in Oxfordshire, which is featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village. Pass recognizable sights like the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wed and Grantham Arms. Go to the Bampton Community Archive, as well as a local exhibition about the village’s history.

Afterward, continue on south to Hampshire, where the grand Highclere Castle awaits. The estate, which dates back to the Victorian eta, is set amid 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of rolling parkland and was featured as Downton Abbey on the show. Tour the castle’s opulent rooms with your guide, and see the main hall and library — all used in the filming of Downton Abbey. Hear about your favorite Downton characters and the real-life family who owns Highclere.

Make the most of some free time before jumping back in your coach for the return drive to London.

Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon.

Locations visited
Highclere Castle
University of Oxford
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Overview
Visit Oxford and top Downton Abbey filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, and then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which is also known as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as Downton Abbey, in Hampshire. Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon.
Highlights
  • Full-day Downton Abbey tour to Bampton and Highclere Castle
  • Explore Oxford and Oxford University
  • See Matthew Crawley's mother's house in the picturesque village of Bampton
  • Go to Highclere Castle, and explore its gorgeous grounds
  • Walk through rooms frequented by popular characters in the Downton Abbey TV series
  • Receive a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography
  • Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon
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Reviewed 4 days ago
High Quality Tour

I must admit I had rather low expectations for this tour, however, I was blown away by the content and scheduling. Our guide Frank, and the driver, Steve did an amazing job and made everyone very comfortable, and provided some great commentary along the way....More

Thank Gregory U
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Lovely day.

This is a long day on the road so be prepared to spend some time on the bus. Also, if you go on a Sunday do your research on what will be open at your stops- when we visited Oxford the main university Christchurch was...More

Thank Emma M
Reviewed 1 week ago
For Downton-aholics

This has to be on your bucket list. Seeing it in person, including the village where other scenes were filmed. On the way, the trip to Oxford was a plus, including sites where Bill and Chelsea Clinton while students and where Wills and Kate met.

1  Thank theChicagosimpsons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
High Society

Excellent trip for any fan of Downton Abbey or even for those who aren't. Frank and Steve provided a memorable tour with plenty of insider information and a lots of laughs. Highly recommend if you in the London area and wanting to get away from...More

1  Thank Vidlak13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A wonderful day

After a rather jostling, crowded time negotiating our way through Victoria Coach Station, we met with Lucy and Steve and set off for Oxford, Bampton and then Highclere Castle. Time in Oxford allowed us to explore the city centre and gave us a chance to...More

Thank Elizabeth M
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In 2018 it only seems to be available in juli, august and september. I would suggest contacting the tour operator (I believe their name is Premiumtours in London.
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OMG, YES. Highclere is 20 miles away, so if you like Downton Abbey, it is a must do. But what is even better, Blenheim Palace, home of Sir Winston Churchhill. Much larger, and better and simply beautiful. Now for lunch... More
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