5 day tour of England visiting Highclere Castle and more
THIS TOUR TO GOES WITH JUST 2 PEOPLE OR MORE. YOU BOOK AND YOU GO!
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. Grantham House is the London residence of the Crawley family, and they very nearly lost it when Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham lost most of his wealth in a family investment which went sadly wrong – but he never had to sell once his heir received a large fortune.
We won’t give too much away, but among the highlights you will get to see the London home of smooth-talking Michael Gregson, and a stroll inside a famous London park will reveal the location where Lady Mary and Lord Gillingham had a blazing row.
Doctor Thompson’s ‘underground’ clinic is in London, where illegal abortions are carried out, and it is located in a London town house – and your knowledgeable Guide and Downton Abbey expert will have plenty of surprises for you. Yorkshire may have been the setting for the earlier episodes, but London started to hog the limelight as the show clocked its later innings. Remember Lady Edith’s risqué romance with that old smooth-talking magazine editor Michael Gregson?
Day 2 - BATH & LACOCK Fans of Bridgerton will recognize places from Bridgerton, whil Lacock village has been the setting for countless films and shows, including Downton, Harry Potter and Jane Austen.
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 ferry 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.
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!Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 5PM 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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|No June departures|
*There is a special exhibition at Highclere for certain dates in May.
Private departures, just for your small group may be available.
So where was the new Downton Abbey movie filmed?
My favorite Dowager Countess line:
Cora: “I might send her over to visit my aunt. She could get to know New York.”
Countess Violet: “Oh, I don’t think things are quite that desperate.”
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