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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit Oxford and top 'Downton Abbey' filming locations on this day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings, and then continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton, which is also known as Downton village in the award-winning British TV series. Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle, known in the show as 'Downton Abbey,' in Hampshire.
  • Full-day Downton Abbey tour to Bampton and Highclere Castle
  • Explore Oxford and Oxford University
  • See Matthew Crawley's mother's house in the picturesque village of Bampton
  • Go to Highclere Castle, and explore its gorgeous grounds
  • Walk through rooms frequented by popular characters in the TV series
  • Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This accessible tour makes it easy to explore two top UK destinations—Oxford and Highclere Castle—in one day.
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Highclere Castle
Walking tour of Oxford and a village of Bampton
A copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography
Upgrade to include an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina" written by Lady Carnarvon
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle with WI-Fi on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Victoria Coach Station , Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

Located approximately 7 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Railway station. Tour departs inside the building at Gate 19 at 8:15am (Boarding starts at 8:00am).

8:15 AM
Gloucester Road Station , Gloucester Road Station, Gloucester Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4SF, UK
Depart from central London by coach and travel to the historical city of Oxford. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you visit during your comprehensive walking tour.

On arrival, follow your guide along the timeworn streets, and check off top sights like the Bridge of Sighs. Then enjoy free time to sightsee independently.

When the time comes, return to your coach and relax on the journey to Bampton village in Oxfordshire, which is featured in 'Downton Abbey' as Downton village. Pass recognizable sights like the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wed and Grantham Arms. Go to the Bampton Community Archive, as well as a local exhibition about the village’s history.

Afterward, continue on south to Hampshire, where the grand Highclere Castle awaits. The estate, which dates back to the Victorian eta, is set amid 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of rolling parkland and was featured as Downton Abbey on the show. Tour the castle’s opulent rooms with your guide, and see the main hall and library—all used in the filming of 'Downton Abbey.' Hear about your favorite Downton characters and the real-life family who owns Highclere.

Make the most of some free time before jumping back in your coach for the return drive to London.

Upgrade to include a signed copy of “Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” book written by Lady Carnarvon plus an additional book “Lady Catherine” OR "Lady Almina."
Itinerary
Stop At:  
University of Oxford
A walking tour of this beautiful city, home to universities since 1196.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Visit the central location from the TV series Downton Abbey. Home to Lord and Lady Carnarvon and recieve a signed copy of Lady Carnarvon's book.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St Mary's Church
Visit the Old Grammar School Building and St Mary's Church both used as locations in the TV series
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "This was a very nice tour and even though it takes 90 mins or so to get out there, it is well worth it; I encourage people to go see it" See review
  • "If you're a fan of the show, it's a must do!" See review
  • "Some tours advertise Downton, but don't get you into the home, which has to be SO disappointing when people don't realize this until too late." See review

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star-3
Side trips a bit too long and tiring…!
dlrwest
, May 2022
The main objective was of course HighClere Castle, but it was the last and short part of the tour. I enjoyed the trip, but an hour or two shorter might have been a bit less tiring.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well organised and worth it
Emma_H
, May 2022
Frank our tour guide was brilliant and knew everything about the places we were visiting as well as Downton. Well organised and we managed to cram a lot of sightseeing into one day worst feeling rushed. Fabulous day out.
star-5
A must for a Downton Abbey fan!
Paola_A
, May 2022
The Downton Abbey village and Highclere Castle. I would have loved to spend more time at the castle and gardens. Our guide Carol and our driver Nuno were wonderful!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Enjoyable tour of Oxford and High Clere castle
Sharon_W
, May 2022
Fantastic day in Oxford, Bampton and High Clere castle. Our tour guide Carol told us informative and fun tidbits of information along the way.
star-5
Great
Michael_M
, May 2022
Frank was awesome. Carlos and he created quite a team! I also felt very safe with Carlos driving at the helm.
star-4
Highclere Castle was...
Kaylee_B
, May 2022
Highclere Castle was amazing. Beautiful. Although, I wish we hadn’t stopped in Oxford and I had had more time at Highclere. I wasn’t able to see everything I wanted to at the castle. Oxford didn’t relate to this tour at all, and it’s included in so many other tours. I’d rather not have stopped and just focused on Bamptom and Highclere. By having 3 locations, you didn’t have enough time in any of them.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful
Beverly_M
, Apr 2022
We got to see the real Mr.Carson. Everyone was so nice. The house and tour was amazing. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Totally worth the drive.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
soldbystaceya
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Carol was excellent. She gave us all kinds of information about each location. Highclere castle was amazing to see in person after watching the series’s. Highly recommend
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it!
Todd_W
, Aug 2021
Oxford and Highclere Castle did not disappoint but we also enjoyed our tour guide and driver who were extremely friendly and helpful!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Do it on your own
Michael_L
, Sep 2019
Very poorly run tour. One of the worst I have ever done. we were gone for 12 hours and only spent 90 minutes at Highclere Castle. The driver was 25 minutes late picking us up in Oxford, which was a totally unnecessary part of the tour. No explanation was given for his disappearance. You can do this on your own by train and taxi in half the time and then do Bampton as part of a cotswolds tour. Also the tour guide lied to everyone about souveniers. She told us that the only place to get Downton souveniers was in Bampton which is not true at all! There is a large gift shop at Highclere Castle. This was clearly designed to motivate us to buy good in Bampton, which you should do, but she should not have lied about it! Highclere Castle is wonderful and well worth the visit, but we did not have enough time to explore the grounds. If you want to do this site as part of a tour, please find another provider. Premium Tours is terrible! Also look for one that does not do more than Highclere and Bampton. Oxford is lovely but it was nothing more than a way to kill 2+ hours on this tour. I do not like to give bad reviews, there are too many of them out there, but no tour I have ever taken was even close to as bad as this was. One of the most anticipated days of our trip to the UK was ruined by this company and I think anyone choosing this tour should be made aware.
8 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Loved Highclere Castle!
Breck_M
, Sep 2019
My absolute favorite part of this tour was seeing Highclere Castle, not just touring inside but spending time on the grounds after the tour. Lady Carnarvon was even there talking about the history of the castle during our tour! Oxford was very neat to see, but there wasn't enough time to truly tour the campus and town.
star-4
Highclere
Angela_A
, Aug 2019
Would have liked to skip Oxford and stay longer at Highclere to enjoy the inside of the house 🏠 and the gardens more. Also, to have the opportunity to have high tea ☕️.
star-5
A wonderful day
Elaine_C
, Aug 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide made the trip so worthwhile. Her explanations of the history were very good and she made sure we were well informed about where to meet and when. Each of the stops was just right to see everything without being rushed. A thoroughly enjoyable day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Day
Pioneer369769
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide was brilliant. So kind and knowledgeable we had more than enough time in each place. Our driver was also absolutely marvelous.
star-5
Highclere Castle
Penelope F
, Aug 2019
Guide was well informed and helpful. Highclere could have included some information on the castle. The complimentary book gives insight as to the history of the inhabitants.
star-5
Worth the trip
Amy_H
, Aug 2019
This was a very nice tour and even though it takes 90 mins or so to get out there, it is well worth it; I encourage people to go see it
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Downton Abbey!
Eric S
, Aug 2019
This tour was great! If you're a fan of the show, it's a must do! We had Frank as our guide and a Christian as the driver. Frank was knowledgeable, friendly, whitty, and a pleasure to listen to! Christian made sure we were everywhere that we needed to be in a safe and timely fashion! Thank you to you both! We had a great time!
star-5
A great combination of interesting destinations!
Clayton_W
, Aug 2019
What a treat to enter "Downton Abbey", Highclere Castle! Gorgeous while being a family's home as well. Those who are fans of the series will love the opportunity to see the castle as well as the small town which served as the locale of other scenes. Not everyone, of course, knows the program, but it's still wonderful to see. For some, of course, the town & colleges of Oxford are the draw. Time to choose which places to tour there, with good suggestions from the well informed, positive & energetic guide. Our bus driver, Andreas, was amazing on the tight roads & roundabouts. It's a long day, but interesting in a number of ways. Some tours advertise Downton, but don't get you into the home, which has to be SO disappointing when people don't realize this until too late. This is the real deal, with plenty of time to savor the house & lovely acres of surrounding land and gardens.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Downton Abbey Oxford tour...great
Rachel K
, Aug 2019
We loved this tour. Oxford was lovely, you have 2 hours there. 30 min walking guided tour and 1.5 hours for lunch, sight seeing, and shopping. Its tight on time but we managed. Highclere castle is fantastic. Great information sheets and guides all through the house. Our tour guide for the day was Karen. She was informative. Pleasant, and knowledgeable. We ran on time and felt the tour was fun, comfortable bus, and great tour guide. Highly recommend if you are a Downton fan.
star-5
Downton Abbey and Oxford- Highly recommend!
Anthony_R
, Jul 2019
Outstanding Tour Host and Driver! Loved the Oxford and Brampton town visits. Just enough time for quick tour and time on our own. Enjoyed seeing everything from Highclere Castle and the surrounding grounds. Also a highlight was meeting the Countess! Nothing i would change about the tour except for the pickup experience at the terminal. Too much commotion and overcrowding for all the different tours leaving from that small area.

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