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Our most recommended Hampshire Day Trips

Portsmouth: Hovercraft Flight to the Isle of Wight

1. Portsmouth: Hovercraft Flight to the Isle of Wight

Board your hovercraft for an adrenaline-filled day on the Isle of Wight. When the hovercraft reaches the island, you'll land in a prime sea front position along Ryde's beautiful and inviting beaches. Hop off and enjoy what Ryde and the Isle of Wight have to offer, including the beaches, boutique shops, bars and restaurants, and travel links to elsewhere across the island. After a day of fun on the island, enjoy a same-day return journey back to the Southsea terminal. The journey across the Solent is approximately 10 minutes. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight on the World's only commercial passenger hovercraft service.

From London: Downton Abbey and Village Coach Tour

2. From London: Downton Abbey and Village Coach Tour

Journey by comfortable air-conditioned coach towards the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. Listen to an informative commentary about Downton Abbey and the locations you will visit along the way. Upon arrival in Bampton, take a guided walking tour of the village to see locations from the TV series, such as the post office and the house where Matthew Crawley lived before he moved to the abbey. Continue to Highclere Castle to enjoy approximately 3 hours to explore the house and grounds of the setting for Downton Abbey with the aid of a self-guided leaflet. Use the time to enjoy lunch at the castle (own expense) or purchase some souvenirs at the gift shop.

Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

3. Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

Become Lord or Lady Grantham for the day, as you visit the film locations used in the BAFTA award-winning Downton Abbey period drama. Hear how the global hit TV series was made and about the actors involved and the wonderful history of the places you visit on this full-day tour. You’ll depart central London in the morning on a drive to the charming Oxfordshire village that has been featured in the series as Downton village. Enjoy a guided tour of locations such as Downton Hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and the local church.  Take a short comfort break before continuing on to Highclere Castle, which is the main setting used in Downton Abbey. En route you’ll learn about the thousand-year history of Highclere Castle and life above and below the stairs. Lunch can be purchased at Highclere Castle or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it on the beautiful grounds. Although guided tours are not allowed inside the castle, you’ll be able to explore the above-stairs area of Downton Abbey independently with the aid of a self-guided information sheet. Imagine life as it was over 100 years ago and enter the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as you wander around the estate. The tour ends in central London.

Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

4. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

London: Downton Abbey, Cotswolds, and Highclere Castle Tour

5. London: Downton Abbey, Cotswolds, and Highclere Castle Tour

Depart London by luxury mini-coach on an 11-hour Downton Abbey tour. Stop at Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm) to see filming sites used throughout the TV series. Continue to the Swan Inn at Swinbrook, location of one of the series' most controversial story lines. Next stop is in Shilton, a Cotswolds village inaccessible to larger coaches. See the old stone footbridge, duck pond and the old pump and well, before the short journey to Bampton (Downton village). Head to Highclere Castle, home to the Grantham family in the series. Enjoy the gardens before entering the castle. Take a guided tour of the castle’s opulent rooms. There will also be time to take in the Egyptian exhibition.

Alton Towers Resort: Entrance Ticket

6. Alton Towers Resort: Entrance Ticket

Discover the excitement of Alton Towers Resort with its variety of rides, attractions and entertainment for thrill-seekers, families and kids of all ages! See the Alton Towers Dungeon which was launched in 2019 and is a hilariously hideous journey through Staffordshire’s darkest history. Experience 7 world-class rollercoasters throughout the resort. Ride on the latest addition, "Wicker Man", that brings together wood and fire, as well as "Nemesis" with its iconic twists and turns, "Oblivion" with its sheer vertical drop, and "The Smiler" with its world-record 14 inversions. For those with little ones in tow, explore "CBeebies Land", which is the perfect place to meet some of your favourite CBeebies friends including the Teletubbies, Peter Rabbit, and Postman Pat. Families can also discover Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, learn to drive at Cuckoo Cars Driving School, catch the Runaway Mine Train, or enjoy the spins and thrills on Spinball Whizzer!

London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

7. London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

Travel by executive coach from London to the Southampton cruise terminal via Stonehenge on this 6-hour excursion. One of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world, Stonehenge has been described as a temple, as a clock, and by some as a burial site. Enjoy a visit with an audio-guided tour around the world-famous stones. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart on the 1-hour drive to Southampton. When you arrive at the cruise terminal all you’ll need to do is identify your luggage to the porters and then check-in to begin your cruise. The tour price includes travel by executive coach, admission to Stonehenge, the services of a tour manager, and drop off at Southampton Cruise Terminal.

From Oxford: Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

8. From Oxford: Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

Leaving the beautiful medieval city of Oxford, head south to Highclere Castle for a morning visit of the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Immerse yourself in the history of this 19th century castle, still very much a family home, and explore the grounds and beautiful gardens. Imagine sitting at the grand table in the family dining room with the 'Dowager' Violet, Lady Mary and Lady Cora, being served your lunch by Mr. Carson. After the visit to Highclere Castle, your tour continues to quaint Bampton, one of the oldest villages in Britain. Wander around the part of the village used to film Downton Abbey and visit St Mary's Church, where so many events in the life of the Crawley family took place. From Bampton, a scenic drive takes you to the charming old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds,' with its sloping high street and quaint shops. Enjoy lunch in a typical local cafe or pub. After lunch, go on a panoramic drive through some of the sleepy stone villages of the Cotswolds. Make your last stop in the idyllic village of Swinbrook, which was a film location for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Bridget Jones' Baby.' Delight in a walk through this charming village, before returning to Oxford.

From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off

9. From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off

After meeting your tour guide and driver, the tour will begin the journey into the limestone country, complete with rolling hills and honey-colored cottages, before edging westwards into the Mendip Hills towards Bath, a city popular for over two thousand years, owing to the hot thermal springs that attracted both Celtic Kings and a while later, Roman aristocracy and is still a popular destination today. On arrival, there will be a full tour followed by optional entry to the Roman Baths, a testament to the cult of Sulis Minerva, both a God of healing and of the underworld. Walk along the original Roman paving, admire the ruins of the ancient temple, and steaming baths. After the city tour there will be free time for lunch before the tour departs for its next stop, Royal Windsor. Over 900 years of Royal history awaits you at the majestic Windsor Castle, a favorite home of the current Queen, and the largest inhabited castle in the world. You will have the option of entering the Castle (except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) where you can see the state apartments and the Royal Chapel of St.George. The town of Windsor sits alongside the River Thames with royal parks, traditional shops, and typical English pubs, making it one of England's most popular destinations. Departing Windsor the coach will begin the drop-offs to selected Heathrow hotels, all Heathrow airport terminals, selected mainline train stations and any centrally located London accommodation. Drop-offs at Heathrow begin between 5:15 PM and 5:45 PM, and the tour aims to drop off in London between 6:45 PM and 7:30 PM. All timings are approximate and subject to traffic and other delays.

London: Transfer to Southampton with Windsor Castle Visit

10. London: Transfer to Southampton with Windsor Castle Visit

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in London or Heathrow, then heads towards Windsor Castle where over 900-years of royal history awaits you. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world, and the official home of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. At the castle, enjoy the chance to explore the lavish state apartments, the Grand Reception Room, and the Royal Chapel of St George, which is the resting place of former Kings and Queens and also the setting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding. After your visit to Windsor Castle, begin the 90 to 120-minute journey to Southampton. Upon arrival in Southampton, head straight to the cruise terminal check-in desk where the porters will take care of your luggage and ensure it is delivered to your cabin. Please make sure that you use the luggage label in your cruise package to facilitate this. Drop-off at the terminal will be between 1:30 and 2pm.

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What people are saying about Hampshire

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 14 reviews

It was amazing to see the locations of the Downtown Abbey series! The guide was very attentive and gave information throughout the tour. The transport left on time and everything went according to plan.

Andrew was a joy to have as our tour guide. Not only is he knowledgeable but he can convey a multitude of historic tidbits that are so interesting. I hope I can take a tour with him again.

Staff friendly and helpful. Good fun. Road signing to reach the terminal in Southsea is confusing. Once you do get there it actually points you away from the terminal !!!

Amber was a wonderfully knowledgeable tour guide. An amazing house. We’ll worth the visit.

Quick easy boarding, smooth flight excellent staff.