Downton Abbey filming locations day tour from London

Small group tour Visiting Downton Abbey film locations, plus a visit to Blenheim Palace for insights into the era


Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

NOTE: THIS DOWNTON ABBEY THEMED TOUR HAS NO VISIT TO HIGHCLERE CASTLE

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It should be emphasised that this tour doesn't visit Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself - there are separate tours to Highclere but because of the limited availability of tickets these tours are not very frequent and normally sell out very quickly, almost as soon as they become available.

 

This Small Group Downton Abbey Filming Locations tour visits many filming locations used in the Downton Abbey TV series that will be familiar with you if you are a fan.


A visit is also made to Blenheim Palace where you can become acquainted with the upstairs and downstairs of class conscious life of the Downton Abbey era.

 

Discover how the aristocracy lived and see how servants interacted with their masters and employers learning of the strict social standards that needed to be maintained.


Downton Abbey Film Locations Tour From London

 

Small group Downton Abbey filming locations and visit to Blenheim Palace tour highlights

- Private visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm), Downton Village (Bampton), Shilton and Swinbrook

- Entry to Bampton Library (Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctor's Surgery in the series)

- Entry and tour of Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens

- A visit to the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill

- Luxury air conditioned 16 seat purpose built touring bus

- Professional, expert standard, friendly tour guide

- Guaranteed departures, no minimum numbers, maximum group size 16 people


Tour dates and times

Most Mondays (April to early November only). This day trip only operates on Mondays when Highclere is closed. See website for dates.

Pickups in London between 7.15am and 7.45am

The tour returns to London by around 6.30pm


Tour itinerary

Leaving London behind we drive direct to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to see key filming sites of Downton Abbey.

Our first stop is a visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm) which first appeared in series 4 with Mr Drewe as the tenant farmer.


After a tea/coffee break in the delightfully refurbished rustic cow shed Cogges Cafe, we take a tour filled with the sound of animals and surrounded by orchards and ancient ridge and furrow fields, and learn of the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners.


Customers enjoy a private tour of Yew Tree Farm Manor House (Cogges Manor) before it opens to the public.


The Swan Inn A Downton Abbey Film Set

The Swan Inn hosted the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson the family chauffeur

After the tour we take the short drive to Bampton, a beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds village.

 

Bampton Library was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors surgery; St.Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Church Square; Churchgate House was used for exterior shots for the Crawley family home; and we walk along the street which has been used for shops, the post office and the Grantham Arms.


We then enjoy a scenic drive through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, driving by centuries old cottages untouched by the modern world, on roads large coaches would simply never be able to travel on. We take a photo stop in the picturesque historical village of Shilton.


The village, with a few cosmetic adjustments, provided Downton Abbey with a scene for a village pub (in reality this was the forge) as well as some settings for rural scenes. Our guide will explain to you how the forge was transformed into the village pub!


From Shilton we continue to Swinbrook where we stop for lunch in the Swan Inn. The Swan Inn hosted the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson the family chauffeur!

 

We then travel to Woodstock, a fine Georgian town with a distinct Royal Heritage. En route we make a stop in the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill. Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace, is famous for its selection of small independent shops, and a fantastic selection of English pubs and restaurants.


At Blenheim Palace your tour begins with an introduction to the upstairs and downstairs of class conscious life. Discover how the aristocracy lived and how the state apartments increased in importance as we move from room to room. We see how servants interacted with their masters and employers and learn of the strict social standards that needed to be maintained.


After the tour of this great house, there will be time to stroll through landscaped gardens and see the Temple of Diana where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in 1908, before we drive back to London.


Downton Abbey Film Locations Tour From London

Departure Details

The tour makes several pick-ups at key strategic locations through major hotel districts in London

  • 7.15am - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

  • 7.30am - Outside Hard Rock Hotel (Cumberland Hotel), Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

  • 7.45am - Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington

  • 9.15am - Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3AS

The tour returns to London Victoria Train Station by around 6.30pm normally with stops offered in Kensington too around Gloucester Road Underground Station.

Victoria Train Station is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

 


Tour

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Tour 1:
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Tour 2:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle

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Highclere Castle day tours from London are few and far between, normally opening dates are restricted between July and early September and national holidays at Easter and in May.


If you want to visit Highclere on a day tour from London it is not a matter of picking and choosing your tour, it's just grab the tour when available for your dates before it sells out!


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