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Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) Day Tours From London 2016

4 Fully Guided Day Tours To Highclere Castle From London


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Tour 1: Oxford, Bampton and Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey Tour

Combine a visit to Highclere Castle in the afternoon with a morning visit to Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasting one of the world's greatest, and oldest universities as well as Bampton used for outdoor scenes from the TV series.

Tour 2: Downton Abbey Filming Locations and visit to Highclere Castle:

Visit the filming sites associated with Downton Abbey in the morning, and enjoy an afternoon in Highclere Castle, the Grantham family home in the series. Includes Yew Tree Farm, plus a visit to Downton Village and Downton Church.

Tour 3: Downton Abbey Filming Locations and visit to Highclere Castle (Small Group):

A similar itinerary to Tour 2 but in a small group format, maximum of 18 passengers)

Tour 4a: Highclere Castle Special Events (Small Group) Tours:

The special events tours are similar itinerary to Tour 3 but operating on dates outside the normal opening season of Highclere Castle.

On these special event dates travellers will typically enjoy exclusive access to the Staterooms, Gardens and Grounds of Highclere Castle, accompanied by expert guides with drinks/light refreshments provided and often much more besides.

Tour 4b: Highclere Castle Express Tours:

Highclere Castle Express tours are where we have been able to at the last moment acquire some tickets through cancellations and returns from other operators in sufficient quantities to put on a tour consisting of coach transport between London and Highclere Castle with admissions included and around 4 hours at Highclere.


Highclere Castle Tours 2017

We have had several enquiries from people planning their 2017 vacation in the UK who want to make a visit to Highclere a highlight of their trip and are all too aware of the ticket and tour scarcity.

Dates for 2017 Highclere Castle tours will be made available at various times starting September 2016. Highclere Castle opens for very limited periods during the year, typically based around the Easter and Summer School holidays in Britain, plus Bank Holiday weekends.


Based on 2016 opening times/dates (note these are not confirmed dates and are for indicative purposes only) we are expecting 2017 opening dates to be:

Easter – Open from around Sunday 9th April to Thursday 20th April.

Early May Bank Holiday – Sunday 30th April to Tuesday 2nd May.

Spring May Bank Holiday – Sunday 28th May to Tuesday 30th May.

Summer Opening – Sunday 9th July to Thursday 7th September.


In addition to the above in previous years the Castle has in the past opened for special events for selected dates in February, May, June, October and November. These tend to be one off events, or events based over a 2-5 day period.


Tour 1: Oxford and Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey Tour 2016

Tour Highlights:

- Visit Oxford and soak up the atmosphere at Oxford and hear about life in the university town

- Visit Bampton Village used for outdoor scenes from the TV series Downton Abbey

- Visit Highclere Castle made famous by the Downton Abbey TV series

- Signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography


Tour Itinerary

First stop after around 75 minutes is Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world's greatest - and oldest - universities, as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe.

The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries.

A walking tour of Oxford with our guide is included before some free time to grab a bite to eat.


Next we head for the beautiful village of Bampton in Oxfordshire Bampton is the setting for exterior village scenes in the ITV series of Downton Abbey.

Visit The Church; see Matthew Crawley's mother's house, the hospital, (series two) and current people's homes, which are transformed into the Post Office as well as various pubs. In the "hospital", which is the public library, there is also the Vesey room where the Bampton Archive is housed and various local exhibitions are set out.

Downton memorabilia... Beautiful cards, prints and mugs (done by a local artist) as well as books of the filming are all on offer to purchase.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

We now visit Highclere and discover an inspiring Castle set amidst Lawns and Gardens of tranquillity and beauty.

It has been home to the Carnarvon Family since 1679 and the present Earl and Countess still live here.

Long-standing friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period.


Visitors follow a route through the Castle though rooms with guides in each State room happy to share anecdotes and information. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery before walking down the Oak staircase to the Saloon in the heart of the Castle.

As well as the castle, the extensive grounds are rewarding to explore. A signed copy of Lady Carnarvon autobiography will also be given to every customer on the tour. It makes for fascinating reading and is a unique souvenir to remember the day!!


London Day Tours Hotel Pick-Up Map

Tour Hotel Pick-Up List

Morning Hotel Pick Ups & Completion

The Oxford and Highclere Castle tour has a courtesy pick up service. Pickups operate between 07:00 and 8:00, covering all the main hotel districts in Central London. The tour is scheduled to Leave London Victoria at 08:15, returning to London around 19:00.


The link below lists all the pick-up hotels and current times they visit. If your hotel is not on the list and its in the centre of London then its almost certain there will be another pick-up hotel very close by.

If you are still unclear where the best pick-up point is or you are coming from outside the centre we have a blog where on this linked page you can discuss one to one the best solution for you.

Tour Hotel Pick-Up List & Map With Question & Answer Facility

Prices & Tour Reservations

Prices are displayed on the banner link below. Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation.

The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour, there are no paper tickets.

On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a calendar control at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process.


The Real Downton Abbey Tour Tickets

Tour 2: Downton Abbey Filming Locations and visit to Highclere Castle 2016:

Tour Highlights:

- Visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges) and Downton Village (Bampton)

- Entry and tour of Highclere Castle and Gardens

- Services of a professional tour guide throughout the day on a luxury touring coach.


Tour Itinerary

Our first stop is a visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm), home of the tenant farmer Mr.Drewe.

The historic farmyard and 13th century manor house sits on the banks of the River Windrush and first appeared in Downton Abbey in series 4.

After a tea/coffee break in the delightfully refurbished rustic cow shed Café at Cogges, we take a tour and learn of the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners, showing the sites used in filming.


After the tour we drive to Downton Village, real name Bampton, a beautiful village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The village of Bampton has been used extensively in all series of Downton Abbey for Downton Village filming.


n the early afternoon we make our way to the Grantham Family home, Highclere Castle. On arrival at Highclere Castle there will be time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. There will be time for lunch, or a snack in the Tearooms before entering Highclere Castle for an afternoon visit.

Departure Details

Tour Pick-Up Points In London

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

  • 8:00 a.m. - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

  • 7:30 a.m. - International Students House Car Park, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN (nearest Underground Great Portland Street / Regents Park)

  • 7:40 a.m. - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

  • 8:00 a.m. - Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (nearest Underground Earls Court)

The tour returns to London (Victoria) by 6:30 p.m.

Prices & Tour Reservations

Prices displayed on the banner link are the current prices for this tour. Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation. The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour, there are no paper tickets.


On the tour detail page from the link below, there is a date drop-down at the top right of the page, which depicts which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process. One we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)  Day Tour From London

Tour 3: Downton Abbey Filming Locations and visit to Highclere Castle (Small Group):

A very similar itinerary to Tour 2 but in a small group format, maximum of 18 passengers.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)  Day Tour From London

Tour 4a : Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle Special Event Day (Small Group):

A very similar itinerary to Tour 3 but includes attendance at Highclere Castle on a special event day outside the normal opening season of Highclere Castle.

Current special event with availability is:

Highclere Castle October Special Events Days (Oct 13 through to Oct 18) - These days are designed to allow a limited number of people to explore Highclere Castle and Grounds. The day will begin with a visit to Highclere Castle, a tour of the Castle and grounds, lunch and light refreshments provided followed by an afternoon tour of Downton Abbey filming locations close to Highclere.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)  Day Tour From London

Tour 4b : Highclere Castle Express Tour:

Depart London and drive direct to Highclere a journey of approximately 90 minutes.

On arrival at Highclere Castle there will be time to enjoy the beautiful gardens; The Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and Wood of Goodwill.

There will be time for lunch, or a snack in the Tearooms where you can enjoy light lunches or afternoon teas made in the Castle kitchens, before we enter Highclere Castle for an afternoon visit.

We plan to spend 4 hours at the Castle.

Entry to Highclere Castle and Gardens included.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)  Day Tour From London
Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) Tour Availability From London 2016

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, its just grab the tour when available for your dates before it sells out!.

Tour

Dates Available 2016

Link To Tour Detail Page

Tour 1: Oxford and Highclere Castle:
The Real Downton Abbey Tour

Aug 25, Sep 1,4,6

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 2: Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle

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Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 3: Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle (Small Group)

Aug 25

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 4a: Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Special Event Day (Small Group)

Oct 13,14,15,16,17,18

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 4b: Highclere Castle Express

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Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

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