Day trip

Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

4.8 / 5

74 reviews

Activity provider: Brit Movie Tours

Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

Activity provider: Brit Movie Tours

From US$ 183.55 per person

Enjoy a full-day excursion from London on a small-group tour that takes you to visit top filming sites from the global hit TV series, Downton Abbey. Explore Downton village and Downton Abbey and relive aristocratic life of a century ago.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a fully guided walking tour of Downton village
  • Explore Downton Abbey itself and see the above-stairs rooms where many dramatic scenes took place
  • Spend some time on the grounds of the estate and imagine what aristocratic life was like a century ago
  • Enjoy the tour with up to 15 others plus a guide and a driver
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Transportation
  • Admission fees to Highclere Castle House and Gardens
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission to the Egyptian exhibition (GBP 5.00)
  • Car/booster seats for children under 3 years of age

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Meeting point

Gloucester Road Tube (London Underground) station, next to the station exit, outside the flower shop (Flowers Inc.)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 74 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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This was a well organized and lovely excursion. Logistically: instructions for meeting location spot on, departed and returned on schedule, stopped mid-way through bathe drive for a “bio break”, comfortable & clean coach, and very informative. Both the tour guide and driver were friendly and helpful people. The village tour was a lot of fun and we had plenty of time. Our guide, Emma, provided a lot of information about the locations used for filming and a bit of history. We also had plenty of time allotted to tour inside and wander the grounds (which I was expecting and they were spectacular). I would recommend this excursion and your company. I had a really nice day.

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September 17, 2022

Nice outing for Downton Abbey fans. The 2 guides were very nice and set the mood for Downton Abbey in the bus (film clips, music, anecdotes). What we found a pity that we actually had to explore everything on our own at the castle itself (3 hours). We would have hoped for more commitment from the travel agent. The price for that was quite high.

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August 7, 2022

Central meeting point, close to a metro station. Very knowledgeable and pleasant guide. We were able to watch episodes on the bus to get in the mood. 3 hours to visit the castle was a bit too long. Luckily the weather was nice, we were able to rest in the park.

August 2, 2022

Product ID: 58561