Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) day tours from London 2019

4 guided day tours to Highclere Castle from London in 2019


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)tours from London

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

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Reserve your tickets to this year’s most exclusive Christmas party in a magical setting on 15 December 2018 with an overnight stay in the Carnarvon Arms - a Grade II listed beautiful English countryside inn. The Christmas Ball at Downton Abbey is a unique one-off special event hosted by the iconic Highclere Castle, home of Downton Abbey. We partnered up with Premium Tours to offer an exclusive discount on this special event but hurry, spaces are limited!
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Tour 1: Oxford, Bampton and Highclere Castle 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.

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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.

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Tour 3: Downton Abbey filming locations and Highclere Castle (Small Group)

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

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Tour 4: Highclere Castle special events tours

The special events tours operate 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.

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Highclere Castle opening, tours and tickets 2019

Despite its popularity Highclere Castle has a limited visitor season.

Highclere Castle is open around Easter, the two national holiday weekends in May and a summer opening season from early July to early September. In addition, there are occasional special event days throughout the year.

 

It is not possible to view Highclere Castle when closed, even for a drop by photo opportunity. Highclere Castle is far from public roads out of view. There are local public footpaths where you can glimpse Highclere Castle from far off.


Confirmed opening dates 2019

Summer Opening – 7th - 23rd April, then bank holidays in May. Summer opening: Sunday 7th July to Tuesday 3rd September (open Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week).


Christmas tree in the Highclere Castle

Christmas tree in the Highclere Castle

EXCLUSIVE EVENT: Christmas Ball at Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey fans will know that they are currently filming the first ever feature film at Highclere Castle. At this Christmas Ball on 15 December 2018, you can enjoy exclusive access to Highclere Castle and enjoy a traditional British Christmas in a world-renowned castle.

Highlights of this special Christmas celebration include:

  • Exclusive tour of Highclere Castle

  • Champagne and canape reception

  • Three course traditional Christmas dinner including wine

  • After dinner carol singing around the Christmas tree

  • One-night stay in Carnarvon Arms (bed & breakfast) just outside castle grounds with free shuttle both ways.

  • Free raffle with a chance to win a prize.

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Please note: The dress code for the evening festivities is suit & tie / cocktail dress. Please mention any dietary requirements including vegetarian choice at the time of booking.


Tour 1: Oxford and Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey Tour 2019

Tour highlights:

  • Walking tour of Oxford, home to one of the world's greatest Universities, visit the historic colleges

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

  • Visit Highclere Castle and grounds made famous by the Downton Abbey TV series

  • Signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography.

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Tour itinerary

Oxford

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.

 

Bampton (Downton Village)

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 - in real life, St Mary's Church, which played host to a number of memorable weddings funerals and christenings in Downton Abbey.

 

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. Here you can purchase some Downton mementos of your time in Bampton, such as beautiful cards, prints and mugs (done by a local artist) as well as books of the filming.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle Interior

Highclere Castle Interior

We now visit Highclere and discover an inspiring Highclere 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.

 

As well as the castle, you will have time to explore the extensive grounds, designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown who also designed the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Tea and cake can be taken at one of the tea rooms once you have finished. 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!

 

Prices and 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 red “Book This Tour” button at the top right of the page, which when selected displays a calendar depicting which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process.


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Tour 2: Downton Abbey filming locations and visit to Highclere Castle 2019

Tour highlights

  • Visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm) with private exclusive tour of the house

  • Visit to Downton Village (Bampton) and Downton Church with entry to the building used for Downton Cottage Hospital

  • Entry and tour of Highclere Castle and Gardens

  • Services of a friendly Downton Abbey specialist guide throughout the day on a luxury touring coach.

     

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Tour itinerary

Yew Tree Farm

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 cafe at Cogges, we take a tour and learn of the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners, showing the sites used in filming.

 

Bampton (Downton Village)

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. You will see Downton Cottage Hospital and doctor's surgery (in real life the library), St Mary’s Church (where many wedding and funeral scenes were shot), Churchgate House for exterior shots for the Crawley family home, and the street used for shops, the Post Office and the Grantham Arms.

 

Highclere Castle

In 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

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

  • 7.20am - Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance (nearest Underground Russell Square)

  • 7.30am - International Students House Car Park, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN (nearest Underground Great Portland Street / Regents Park)

  • 7.40am - Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (nearest Underground Marble Arch)

  • 8.00am - Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (nearest Underground Earls Court).

The tour returns to London (Victoria) by 6.30pm.

Prices and 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 loaded from the banner 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. Once we list a date for operation it is guaranteed to run, there are no minimum numbers.

 

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Tour 3: Downton Abbey filming locations and visit to Highclere Castle (small group) 2019

A similar itinerary to Tour 2 but in a small group format, maximum of 18 passengers. Taking bookings for 2019 now.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)  Day Tour From London

Tour 4: Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle special event days


From time to time Highclere host special events for short periods only. We offer day tours from London for these Highclere Special Events when they occur.


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Dates Available 2019

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

2019: Dates available April, May and July to September

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 2:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle

2019: Dates available April, May and July to September

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

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

2019: Dates available April, May and July to September

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

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!