Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) day tours from London 2019

5 guided day tours to Highclere Castle from London in 2019


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)tours from London

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Visiting Highclere Castle is like walking into history.

It is a magnificent example of an English Castle but is now most famous as Downton Abbey in the popular TV series. A Highclere Castle tour is now a popular and interesting experience for fans of history and of the Downton Abbey TV series and the upcoming film.


Tour 1: Oxford, Bampton and Highclere Castle Tour - £132

2019 tour operating dates:

April: 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23    May: 5, 6, 7

July: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31

August: :1, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20 ,21, 25, 27, 28

September: :1, 2, 3


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 Downton Abbey TV series.

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Tour 2: Downton Abbey filming locations and visit to Highclere Castle - £159

2019 tour operating dates:

April: Every day 7th to 23rd except 19th & 20th    May: 5, 6, 7 and 28th

July: Every day 7th to 23rd except Fridays and Saturdays

August: Every day except Fridays and Saturdays

September: :1, 2, 3


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) - £189

2019 tour operating dates:

April: Every day 7th to 23rd   
May:
5th to 7th, 12th to 18th and 26th to 28th

July: Every day 7th to 23rd except Fridays and Saturdays

August: Every day except Fridays and Saturdays

September: :1, 2, 3


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

Downton Abbey filming locations and Highclere Castle Small Group Tour - More Details


Tour 4: Highclere Castle Express tours (half day) - £99

2019 tour operating dates:

April: Every day 7th to 23rd

July: Every day 7th to 23rd except Fridays and Saturdays

August: Every day except Fridays and Saturdays


As you explore this page you will realise that most tours to HIghclere Castle last for a full day.

This tour is a half-day tour and is available every day that Highclere Castle is open in 2019.

This makes it unique and fulfil a different purpose to the fully guided tours that explore Highclere Castle and additionally the Downton Abbey filming locations nearby over the course of a whole day. This tour spends 4-hrs at the Castle giving you ample time to explore the rooms, learn the history through the in-room guides, walk in the gardens and even have a bite to eat before your return to London.

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Tour 5: Highclere Castle Art & Architecture themed special event tour - £209

2019 tour operating dates:

May: 12th and 13th


The special events tours operate on dates outside the normal opening season of Highclere Castle.

Restricted to a small number of people with expert talks on the Art & Architecture of the castle and followed by a guided tour of the rooms as seen in Downton Abbey. Enjoy the Castle and Gardens with refreshments included, and after visiting the Castle we include a visit to Downton Village before returning to London

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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 national holidays in May. Summer opening: Sunday 7th July to Tuesday 3rd September (closed Fridays and Saturdays).


Highclere Castle by public transport

There is no public transport available to Highclere Castle. A bus service from Newbury runs 3 or 4 times a day except Sundays to the small village of Burghclere about a 30 minute walk from Highclere Castle, but timings are not good for a visit.

From London you can take trains to Newbury from Paddington Station from where it is about a 20 minute taxi ride to Highclere.



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

Note: check your date availability on the calendar after click through as the small group tour (Tour3) below has many more dates available in 2019 and may be more suitable.

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

London Cruise Shuttle Bus Q&A Forum

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

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

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

  • 7.45am - Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road. Please wait at the bus stop by the road, not outside the hotel entrance.

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 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.

This tour has many more available dates in April, May, July and August than the standard tour.


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Tour 4: Highclere Castle Express Tour - Morning and Afternoon tours available

Tour details

Essentially this tour offers you a round trip transfer from Central London to Highclere Castle, home to Downton Abbey, entrance tickets to the Castle and beautiful grounds as well as the Egyptian exhibition. You'll be at the Castle for 4 hours giving you ample time to explore the gardens, the Monks Garden, Secret Garden, White Border and Wood of Goodwill before you enter the Castle and begin your exploration inside. You'll follow a route through Highclere Castle that takes in the State Rooms including the library room, saloon, dining room, music room, drawing room and smoking room. Here you willl find a knowledgeable guide ready to give you an insight into each rooms uses and history. You will also be able to go up the red stairs to view some bedrooms and the gallery before returning back to the saloon.

 

If your a Downton Abbey fan then many of the rooms featured in the series and the upcoming Downton Abeey film can be visited. The Egyptian exhibition completes your tour with a fascinating display of artefacts and history. There is still time though to enjoy afternoon tea, a light lunch or snack before returning to London.

 

You can select a morning or afternoon tour but it is worth noting that the morning tour actually gives you slightly more time at Highclere Castle than the afternoon session, the afternoon tour also leaves London before lunchtime.

 

Tour timings and departure information

Morning -

Pick up is between 7.15am & 7.45am in Central London at one of the locations listed below. You'll arrive at Highclere Castle at 9.30am. You will leave Highclere Castle at 2pm and arrive back in London Victoria at 4pm.

 

Pick up points in the morning are outside the British Museum on Great Russell Street (7.15am), outside the Cumberland Hotel , Marble Arch (7.30am) and outside the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum on Cromwell Road (7.45am).

 

Afternoon -

Pick up is between 11.00am & 11.30am in Central London at one of the locations listed below  You'll arrive at Highclere Castle at 1pm. You will leave Highclere Castle at 4pm and arrive back in London Victoria at 6pm.

 

Pick up points in the afternoon are outside the British Museum on Great Russell Street (11.00am), outside the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (11.15am) and outside the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum on Cromwell Road (11.30am).

 

Prices and tour reservations

This tour only runs on everyday that Highclere Castle is open in 2019. Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets, bookings for this trip are 100% non refundable. Prices shown on the banner are current prices and by clicking the banner below you can select your preferred date, morning or afternoon and book your place on this Highclere Castle Express tour.

 

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Tour 5: Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle special event days - 12-13 May 2019

Special event tour details

Join an exclusive all day event at Highclere Castle, home of Downton Abbey. This special tour allows a small number of people (max 16) into Highclere Castle where you can enjoy expert talks on the architecture and art of the castle as you discover for yourself the Castle's unique history. Every year Lady Carnarvon changes the focus of these special events and this year art and architecture at Highclere take centre stage. A fascinating opportunity to learn all about the Castle and the historic art hung on its walls. There will be plenty of time to explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants.

 

In the afternoon, after lunch you'll visit Bampton Village or rather 'Downton Village' to see St Mary's church and enjoy a guided walk that takes in the village green, Cottage hospital, post office, Grantham Arms pub and Mrs Crawley's house.

 

Tour timings and departure points

This tour leaves Central London at 7.45am and arrives at Highclere Castle at 9.30am. It departs Highclere Castle at 1.30pm and arrives at Bampton at 2.30pm. Finally after two hours exploring Bampton it leaves at 4.30pm and arrives back in London Victoria at 6.15pm.

 

Pick up points in the morning are outside the British Museum on Great Russell Street (7.15am), outside the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (7.30am) and outside the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum on Cromwell Road (7.45am).

 

Prices and tour reservations

This tour only runs on the 12-18th May 2019. Due to it being a special event and having short availability status it is expected to be popular. Due to the very limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets, bookings for this day trip are 100% non refundable. Prices shown on the banner are current prices and by clicking the banner you can select your preferred date and book your place on this unique special event tour.

 

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Tour

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

Tour 4:
Highclere Castle Express (half day tour - AM & PM slots)

2019: Dates available everyday that Highclere is open

Highclere Castle Express Tour From London

Tour 5:
Highclere Castle Special Events Tour

2019: Dates available 12-13 May only

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!