Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Highclere Castle - 1 day tour

A day trip to sites from Downton Abbey tv series, with departures from central London.

Down Abbey RevisitedThis day trip includes entry to Highclere Castle plus a visit to Downton Village and Downton Church. Visit the filming sites associated with Downton Abbey in the morning, and enjoy an afternoon in Highclere Castle, the Grantham family home in the series.
Depart London and drive away from the city to the delightful Oxfordshire Cotswolds to see key filming sites of Downton Abbey.

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We depart London to begin our Downton Abbey day out! Firstly, we'll drive through the delightful and charming Cotswolds which double up for Yorkshire in the Downton Abbey TV series and recent Downton Abbey film. Here we can explore honey coloured villages and gentle rolling hills as we head over to the centuries-old farm at Cogges. We can enjoy a stroll though the farmyard and fields and say hello to the friendly animals that live here. We will learn of the role Cogges played in Downton Abbey as Yew Tree Farm, home of the Drewe family and the place where Lady Edith's daughter Marigold was raised. Take your seats in the Manor House for a specially recorded documentary centred on a day's filming here then relax over a coffee in the old milking barn.


Next stop on our day trip is Bampton village, which any Downton Abbey fan will immediately recognise as Downton Village. Here we can explore the church and graveyard at St Mary's where some of the characters have their final resting place. Inside the church we can see where many of them married, and at least one was jilted. Outside is Mrs Crawley's house and the village green. The Cottage Hospital lies next door and we can see the houses that were transformed into the Grantham Arms pub, the Dog and Duck, Mrs Patmore’s Bed and Breakfast and the village post office. Souvenir hunters will love the little gift shop here where Downton memorabilia can be purchased.


Next stop is our visit to Downton Abbey itself! The magnificent house was designed by Charles Barry for the Earls of Carnarvon and Highclere Castle is still the home of the 8th Earl today. But for many of us this beautiful house and the landscaped gardens by "Capability" Brown will always be the house and grounds of Downton Abbey, both in the TV series and the hit film. 


See the dining room, scene of some of Violet's most wonderful comments, Lord Robert's library, the sitting room, the family bedrooms and walk down the grand staircase to the salon. Check out the Tutenkhamun and Egyptology exhibition in the basement and learn of the 5th Earl's expeditions to the Valley of the Kings. Explore the landscaped grounds and gardens and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the restaurant. Don't forget to visit some of the filming locations outside on other parts of estate. After your visit to Downton Abbey, our day trip ends and we return to London, after a wonderful day of discovery for any Downton Abbey fan!

The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679. Major rebuilding work was carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in 1838, the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon brought in Sir Charles Barry to transform his home into a truly stunning mansion. During the First World War the Castle was transformed into a hospital, returning to a private home in 1922.

To this day the current (8th) Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live partly in the Castle and partly nearby, but remain closely involved in the Castle's day to day life and future.

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 saloon in the heart of the house.

downtonTour Inclusions
 - Travel by executive coach
 - Expert, friendly guide
 - Visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges) and Downton Village (Bampton)
 - Entry and tour of Highclere Castle and Gardens
 Tour Exclusions
 - Food
 - Gratuities



Monday Downton Abbey locations, Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace $229
(April to October when Highclere Castle is closed)


Downton Abbey locations & Highclere Castle Day Trip 2024
Dates Destination USD
30 March to 13 April Downton Abbey locations, Cotswolds & Highclere Castle $262
4-7 May & 26-29 May
July07- August until Sep 2
child under 16 $249


There are no planned departures in June

Important note about cancellations - Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets all bookings for this day trip are 100% non refundable.
Departure point – London

07:15am         Outside The British Museum main entrance, Great Russell Street Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road 
07:30am         Outside Hard Rock Hotel, Marble Arch.  Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
07:45am         Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance). Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road 

Return to London
The coach will drop off at Victoria coach and train station, which has excellent links for forward travel throughout London and beyond. We usually arrive back in central London by 6.30pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Disclaimer: These Downton Abbey day trips and tours are not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Carnival Films, NBC Universal or Julian Fellowes and his representatives.

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