5 day tour of England visiting Highclere Castle and more
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What better way to see England than to spend time with like-minded people who share your interest and passion? Spend a few days in Downton Abbey's world . . . includes a visit to London, Highclere and Bampton Village. Join die hard fans as we explore the unique area, passing the many places of interest to lovers of the PBS series - all related to the estates, gardens and history that inspired this British period drama. Experiences that connect you with the essence of a place and its people … simply seeing the sights is no longer enough.
Day 1 LONDON
Private transfers depart London Heathrow. At 1PM at your hotel, join fellow fans of Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Dan Stevens on a panoramic tour of London. Follow in the footsteps of the Downton Abbey characters and some of the filming locations in London.
Day 2 - BASILDON PARK Basildon Park featured in the season five finale of the popular period drama,Downton Abbey. The house also featured in the special Lady Rose wedding episode. The interiors were used as the Crawley family's London residence. In addition to being open to the public, the house has also served as a filming set. It was used as the location for Netherfield Park in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice as a location for the 2006 movie Marie-Antoinette and as Lord and Lady Radley's house in the 2009 film Dorian Gray
Day 3 DAY FREE IN LONDON You'll have a hop on hop off tour to explore other areas of London, and enjoy a Thames cruise.
Day 4 - HIGHCLERE CASTLE & VILLAGE
The fictional Downton Abbey is located in Yorkshire (northern England) but the show is actually filmed at Highclere Castle, located some 70 miles west of central London in picturesque Hampshire, and is owned and inhabited by the real life Earl and Countess Carnavron. Highclere Castle is one of England's most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland.
Depart London and drive away from the city to the delightful Oxfordshire Cotswolds to see key filming sites of Downton Abbey. Our first stop is a visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm), home of the tenant farmer Mr.Drewe. The historic farmyard and 13th century manor house sits on the banks of the River Windrush and first appeared in Downton Abbey in series 4. In series 5 the farm plays a central role with the farmer's wife raising Lady Edith's love child! After a tea/coffee break in the delightfully refurbished rustic cow shed Café at Cogges, we take a tour and learn of the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners, showing the sites used in filming.
After the tour we enjoy a sightseeing drive through the Windrush valley. First stop is the Swan Inn at Swinbrook, which hosted the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson the family chauffeur (and then son in law!). This was one of the key, and most controversial, storylines in Downton Abbey series 2. We then continue our drive to 'Downton village', otherwise known as Bampton, a beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds village. The village of Bampton has been used extensively in all series for Downton Village filming. Bampton Library was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors surgery; St.Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Church Square; Churchgate House was used for exterior shots for the Crawley family home; and we walk along the street which has been used for shops, the post office and the Grantham Arms.
Our tickets are valid to enter the Castle, Gardens and Egyptian exhibition from 13:30pm-15:30pm (Castle closes at 16:30pm), and we plan to arrive at the Castle by 13:00. There is plenty of time to have lunch, enjoy the grounds and enter the Castle.
On entry to Highclere Castle visitors follow a route through the Castle through with guides in each State room. The State rooms include the Saloon, Library, Dining room, Music room, Drawing room and Smoking room. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery, before walking down the oak staircase back to the heart of the house.Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 6PM or Please Email Us For Information
Day 5 HOMEWARD FROM LONDON
You depart for home, with memories of many new-found friends. Ttransfer included. Please book a return flight no earlier than 12 noon. (B)
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