Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Tour

4.6 / 5

44 Reviews

Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Tour

4.6 / 5

44 Reviews

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Enjoy a full-day trip from London that includes admission to sites including Highclere Castle and Yew Tree Farm, plus a visit to Downton village and Downton Church. Travel in the comfort of a large coach in the company of an expert Downton Abbey guide.

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Duration: 1 day
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour of Highclere Castle and Gardens
  • Take a private tour of Yew Tree Farm manor house (Cogges manor house) before it opens to the public
  • Visit Downton village (Bampton), a beautiful village in the Cotswolds area
Full description
Depart London in the morning, making your first stop at Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm), the home of the Downton Abbey tenant farmers. This beautiful, well-preserved 13th century manor house is situated on the banks of the River Windrush, and was featured in the fourth Downton Abbey series. Beginning with the fifth series, the farm became home to the secret love child of Lady Edith. In the sixth series, Mr. Mason moved in with aid of Daisy. Enjoy a tea/coffee break on your arrival at the farm’s refurbished rustic Cow Shed Café and then take a tour and learn of the encounters between the tenant farmers and the landowners, featured in the TV series. Your private tour of Yew Tree Farm is scheduled before it opens to the public! Once you’ve visited the farm, you’ll continue on to Downton village, which is actually called Bampton, a lovely, well-preserved village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. This village has been featured extensively throughout the popular TV series as its Downton village. The local library served as the Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors’ surgery, and St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church. Churchgate House also featured in exterior shots as the Crawley family home. Now, you will have the chance to walk along these village streets! In the early afternoon, you’ll head to Highclere Castle, the Grantham family home. You’ll have time to explore the Monk’s Garden, the White Border, the Secret Garden, and the Wood of Goodwill, and have time for a light lunch at the café/tearooms in the Castle kitchens. The Carnarvon family have lived at Highclere Castle since 1679. In 1838, the Third Earl of Carnarvon commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the castle into an outstanding mansion. It served as a hospital during the Great War and was returned to private residential use in 1922. The current Earl and his wife, the Countess of Carnarvon, live part of the time in the castle and part of the time nearby in their country home. They remain closely involved in the everyday life of the castle and the plans for its future. Once you have entered the castle, you’ll follow a set route with guides in each state room, including the saloon, library, dining room, music room, drawing room, and smoking room. You can also go up the red stairs to see some of the bedrooms and the gallery, before making your way down the oak staircase back to the saloon in the center of the castle.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Travel by executive coach
  • Expert, friendly Downton Abbey specialist guide
  • Admission to Yew Tree Farm with private exclusive tour of the house
  • Visit to Downton village (Bampton) with entry to the building used as the Downton Cottage Hospital
  • Admission to Highclere Castle and tour of the Castle and Gardens
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips/gratuities
COVID-19 Special information
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited

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Great Russell Street, outside the British Museum main entrance.

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  • Due to the limited nature of Highclere Castle tickets this product is 100% non-refundable.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Very well organized!

A good organization and a top team! The host is stung in Downton and knows everything !!! His personal photo book is an encyclopedia ... to do and redo! Come on, little flat! The owners of the castle did not understand that we are coming for the television series and not for them and their lives !!! Not being able to enter the hall, not showing all the rooms in the series (impossible to see Marie's, forbidding photos that sucks !!! Everyone wants to be in a photo near the red sofas right?) ;-)

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July 31, 2019

Fun trip! Great guide, so glad we went!

We had so much fun on this trip. The farm was amazing. The trip was casual and enjoyable. The castle grounds are stunning. Souvenirs available. Pleasant drive. There are many treats available at both the castle and the farm. Bring some pounds if you want some souvenirs in the Cotswolds.

May 9, 2019

We have had a such great tour trip day.

Andrew was a great guide and to listen to. the bus arrived accurate in time in front of the British Museum. the set up of the tour was very nice, first stop was Cooges farm (Yew Tree Farm), second stop was Bampton (Downton Village) and the most exciting part the Highclere Castle where we have had 3 hours on our own to visit the castle and gardens. The travel time in between didn't bother us at all, it was nice to watch the Landscape & villages. We were very lucky and it didn't rain, so we have had drinks outside and were able to take great pictures outside. My mom and me travelled especially for this trip to London which was worth every penny. Thank you very much, we have enjoyed it very much and recommend it to every (true) Downton Abbey Fan :)

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May 8, 2019

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