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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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. Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as 'Downton Abbey,' in Hampshire.
  • 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 TV series
  • Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This accessible tour makes it easy to explore two top UK destinations—Oxford and Highclere Castle—in one day.
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Highclere Castle
Walking tour of Oxford and a village of Bampton
A copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography
Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle with WI-Fi on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Victoria Coach Station , Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

Located approximately 7 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Railway station. Tour departs inside the building at Gate 19 at 8:15am (Boarding starts at 8:00am).

8:15 AM
Gloucester Road Station , Gloucester Road Station, Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4SF, UK
Depart from central London by coach and travel to the historical city of Oxford. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you 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 plus an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina."
Itinerary
Stop At:  
University of Oxford
A walking tour of this beautiful city, home to universities since 1196.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Visit the central location from the TV series Downton Abbey. Home to Lord and Lady Carnarvon and recieve a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's book.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St Mary's Church
Visit the Old Grammar School Building and St Mary's Church both used as locations in the TV series
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle.

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  • "This was a very nice tour and even though it takes 90 mins or so to get out there, it is well worth it; I encourage people to go see it" See review
  • "If you're a fan of the show, it's a must do!" See review
  • "Some tours advertise Downton, but don't get you into the home, which has to be SO disappointing when people don't realize this until too late." See review

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We thoroughly enjoyed...
Molly_M
, Aug 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience! It was a good balance of getting to hear local history and see fascinating sites at Oxford, while also getting to experience the Downton Abbey filming locations and Highclere. We felt there was ample time at each location to explore, shop, and relax without feeling too rushed. Our guide was very knowledgable. It is a big group so that's important to keep in mind if you want a more private or bespoke experience, but in general, we would recommend!
star-5
Highly recommend this...
SueShelley_N
, Aug 2022
Highly recommend this tour. James, our guide, and Andrea, our driver, we’re very knowledgeable and come highly recommended. Only issue was I wish we had had more time in Oxford and Highclere Castle to explore independently.
star-5
Great for fans of Downton Abbey and Endeavour
Belinda_S
, Aug 2022
Informative tour guide. Excellent driver. Appropriate rest area stops. Would have love to have spent more time in Oxford but I understand the limitations. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great tour with a great guide!
Verena_H
, Aug 2022
It was a great and magical tour with a great guide! I was able to see all the highlights of Oxford, thanks to the kind and knowledgeable guide. Of course highclere castle was the real highlight of the day and there was enough time to see the castle and the grounds.
star-5
Our Oxford and Highclere experience
Jake_K
, Aug 2022
James was an excellent guide and gave an informative and interesting narrative during the day. The guided tour through the centre of Oxford was excellent. The Bampton visit was very interesting, especially for Downton Abbey fans and the highlight of the tour was the visit to Highclere Castle
star-5
Amazing experience
Karen_E
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Carol, and our driver, Noono, were amazing. So incredibly kind, knowledgeable and attentive. They really enhanced the experience for me as a huge Downton fan but also made sure non-fans got a lot out of the tour too!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was a fun filled day!!!
Lee_K
, Aug 2022
The whole excursion was planned very well The guide Frank was very funny and knowledgable. We are Downton Abbey fans so it was so fun for us . We enjoyed tea and scones at the castle also!!!
star-3
Okay. But just okay
Audrey_M
, Aug 2022
In my opinion, the almost 2 hours in Oxford was just killing time to fill the day and justify the higher cost of this tour. Frank was fine as a guide, but not exciting
star-5
Well travel route design...
jing_q
, Aug 2022
Well travel route design and professional guide. Lots of history learned. Definitely amazing day out!
star-5
Fun Experience
Vladimir_S
, Jul 2022
Frank and Andre were absolutely great. Provided a lovely tour through Oxford and Highclere castle. Thank you both again!
star-5
Our tour guide Frank was...
Atoosheh_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Frank was amazing!He was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. He was caring for the group needs.
star-4
Downton Abbey tour
loshion
, Jul 2022
The tour was great. The guide Frank was very informative which made the tour worthwhile. The driver, Edwardo was brilliant in keeping up time and bring us back to London well ahead of schedule. Highly recommend the tour and I would like to do this again the winter.
star-5
Oxford and Highclere castle tour
SheriLynn_H
, Jul 2022
James our tour guide was fabulous. He had wonderful information at all the stops and even what underground to take when we got back. Oxford was lovely and so was Highclere castle. I would highly recommend this tour
star-4
Overall, it was a lovely...
Hannah_F
, Jul 2022
Overall, it was a lovely tour. Oxford was beautiful and a great lunch stop. Bampton was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, our bus driver got lost on the way to Highclere Castle, so our time at the Castle was reduced to only an hour. We arrived after the Castle closed, but the staff stayed open for 30 minutes so that we could quickly see inside. I wish that the day was in a reversed order as I would rather lose time in Oxford should there be an issue.
star-5
English tradition
CARMEN_D
, Jul 2022
A great experience we would love to spend the entire day at the Downtown Abbey. Oxford unfortunately we had very short time 1.20 h . What can one do in such a short time in a place like Oxford full of tradition and history ? Keep in mind less it’s more!
star-5
We had a wonderful time...
Chris_G
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful time on this tour! The tour guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable; the rides were filled with interesting facts about London, Oxford, the Cotswolds, and of course Downton Abbey and its various filming locations. She did a masterful job coordinating our large group (over 60 people) all on her own, making sure we knew how long we had at each stop, how to get ourselves to and from our checkpoints, and how to plan our food and bathroom needs. Personally, we would have preferred a little more time in Oxford and at Highclere Castle and a little less time in Bampton, but we felt like we had adequate amounts of time at each location.
star-5
DountonAbbey and Oxford
Noreen_S
, Jul 2022
The tour guide James was outstanding and our driver Andre was very good. Janes’s information was outstanding
star-4
Great trip & guides, consider changes to locations.
Matthew_M
, Jul 2022
Your guide Karen & driver Carlos we're fantastic. Carlos navigated the streets beautifully and ensured we were on schedule and comfortable at all times. Karen was extremely welcoming and friendly, providing detailed commentary as we travelled about what we could see, the history and more. At locations, she gave great information and was excellent at communicating with the group to keep us on schedule but also happy. 1 suggestions for the tour would be to consider how to provide more time in Oxford. The village of Bampton was small and so we had been able to quickly take a look before waiting around for the coach. Where as oxford provided so much to do and very little time to explore. Otherwise, the trip was great!
star-5
Call me after 24 of Julay
IOANA_O
, Jul 2022
I’ll be back Is exceptional place Suggestion : Stop for one night and for one day is a trip to long When you come back in London is hard to be in hotel easy
star-4
Good but could be excellent
Eg_M
, Jul 2022
Guide James and driver Carlos are very nice people and professionals. I liked that we had lots of time in Highclere but think that we could use visiting at least one of colleges. The trip to Oxford was too “observant”.

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