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Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

1. Downton Abbey and Village Small Group Tour from London

Become Lord or Lady Grantham for the day, as you visit the film locations used in the BAFTA award-winning Downton Abbey period drama. Hear how the global hit TV series was made and about the actors involved and the wonderful history of the places you visit on this full-day tour. You’ll depart central London in the morning on a drive to the charming Oxfordshire village that has been featured in the series as Downton village. Enjoy a guided tour of locations such as Downton Hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley, and the local church.  Take a short comfort break before continuing on to Highclere Castle, which is the main setting used in Downton Abbey. En route you’ll learn about the thousand-year history of Highclere Castle and life above and below the stairs. Lunch can be purchased at Highclere Castle or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it on the beautiful grounds. Although guided tours are not allowed inside the castle, you’ll be able to explore the above-stairs area of Downton Abbey independently with the aid of a self-guided information sheet. Imagine life as it was over 100 years ago and enter the world of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as you wander around the estate. The tour ends in central London.

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Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

2. Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center. Downton Abbey Village Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured within the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

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Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

3. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

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Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

4. Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

Head away from London and to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire to see key filming sites of the hit series Downton Abbey. The first stop on this full-day tour is Yew Tree Farm (Cogges). After a break for tea or coffee in the delightfully refurbished and rustic Cogges Café, you’ll enjoy a tour and learn about the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners. Next you’ll take a short drive to Bampton, a picturesque Oxfordshire Cotswolds village. The village has been used extensively in Downton village filming. Bampton Library was the site of the Downton Cottage Hospital and doctors’ surgery. St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Churchgate House was used as the Crawley’s family home. Walk along the street that was the scene of shops, the post office, and the Grantham Arms. The stunning town of Burford, traditionally known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, will be your destination for lunch. You’ll have a chance to see the famous Wool Church, built on the wealth of the wool trade, and have time to wander around this medieval market town. After lunch you’ll enjoy a drive through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds countryside, stopping en route at the Swan Inn in Swinbrook. The Swan Inn was the site of the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson, the family’s chauffeur! On the approach to Blenheim Palace you’ll see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill in the village of Bladon. At Blenheim Palace your tour begins with an introduction to the upstairs and downstairs of a class-conscious life. Built in the early 18th century for the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, this historic stately home was the birthplace of Winston Churchill in 1874. Discover how the aristocracy lived and how the state apartments increased in importance, as you move from room to room. After the tour of the house, there will be time for a walk through the landscaped gardens to see the Temple of Diana where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in 1908.

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From Oxford: Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

5. From Oxford: Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

Leaving the beautiful medieval city of Oxford, head south to Highclere Castle for a morning visit of the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Immerse yourself in the history of this 19th century castle, still very much a family home, and explore the grounds and beautiful gardens. Imagine sitting at the grand table in the family dining room with the 'Dowager' Violet, Lady Mary and Lady Cora, being served your lunch by Mr. Carson. After the visit to Highclere Castle, your tour continues to quaint Bampton, one of the oldest villages in Britain. Wander around the part of the village used to film Downton Abbey and visit St Mary's Church, where so many events in the life of the Crawley family took place. From Bampton, a scenic drive takes you to the charming old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds,' with its sloping high street and quaint shops. Enjoy lunch in a typical local cafe or pub. After lunch, go on a panoramic drive through some of the sleepy stone villages of the Cotswolds. Make your last stop in the idyllic village of Swinbrook, which was a film location for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Bridget Jones' Baby.' Delight in a walk through this charming village, before returning to Oxford.

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Downton Abbey Locations & Blenheim Palace Visit from Oxford

6. Downton Abbey Locations & Blenheim Palace Visit from Oxford

Spend the day visiting famous sites associated with Downton Abbey in the stunning region of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.  The limestone villages in this region double up for Yorkshire in Downton Abbey, and during your tour of this delightful area, you will be taken to Cogges Manor Farm, dating back to the 11th century. Downton Abbey fans will know it as Yew Tree Farm where Lady Edith's daughter Marigold is raised. Here, you will get an exclusive private visit before the site opens to the public. Explore the film sites and see a special documentary on the making of Downton Abbey, before enjoying a morning coffee in the old milking barn. You will then head to the beautiful village of Shilton where Anna searches for Bates and the charming Swinford where Lady Sybil and Branson spend a night on their way to elope. The tour then continues on to Bampton, which is the location for Downton Village. During your guided walk, you will be taken to St Mary's church, known as St Michael's church in the TV series, the location of many marriages, funerals, and even a jilting. See Mrs Crawley's house, the village green, the Grantham Arms pub, the post office and the Cottage Hospital. Later on, while exploring some back roads of the Cotswolds you will get the chance to visit the village of Bladon. Here, in the quiet churchyard, is the resting place of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill. Nearby is the bustling, yet pretty, market town of Woodstock where you will have some time for lunch. At the end of the town's main street is an archway that takes you into a different world. Here, you enter the breathtaking landscaped grounds of Blenheim Palace. Home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874. Sir John Vanburgh's architectural masterpiece was built between 1705 and 1724 to rival Versailles. You will be able to tour the magnificent rooms and the stunning gardens landscaped by Lancelot Capability Brown. There will be time to see the Winston Churchill exhibition and enjoy the sheer opulence and incredible beauty of the Palace before returning to Oxford. 

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Private Downton Abbey Filming Locations Tour by Black Taxi

7. Private Downton Abbey Filming Locations Tour by Black Taxi

On this day tour you will explore the main Downton Abbey film locations featured in both Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Leaving the hubbub of London, your afternoon will be spent visiting Downton Village, Yew Tree Farm, and enjoying the picturesque Cotswold scenery and villages. Traveling by traditional London black taxi, the tour will provide you with an insight into the making of the show and uncover stories behind some of the places that you will visit on the tour. Starting in central London, your tour will take you to the first location that you will visit which is about 70 miles out of London. The journey lasts between 1.5-2 hours (depending on traffic). Upon your arrival at the historic 10th century farmstead that featured as Yew Tree Farm in Series 4 and 5, take a guided tour of this location, which featured as the home of Mr Drewe, the struggling tenant who agrees to secretly help raise Lady Edith’s daughter. From here you will set off to the heart of rural Oxfordshire where several villages have been used in the world of Downton Abbey. You will see ‘Kirbymoorside’, where Anna’s bus splashes through the stream outside the pub where Bates worked when he left Downton Abbey. There will be a short stop at the church that Matthew and Edith visit in Series 1 (Episode 3) and you’ll pass the pub where Branson and Lady Sybil stay when they elope in Series 2. Most notably you will visit Downton Village where you will get a guided tour of the village and see familiar sites such as exteriors of Downton hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley and the local church amongst others. Following this guided tour you will be able to explore the village for yourself. From here you will then head to the star of the show itself: Downton Abbey, located in Berkshire. It will take approximately one hour to get to Highclere Castle from Downton Village and upon arrival, you can take lunch and receive a self-guided leaflet which shows you around the main above stairs rooms of the property that have been used in the show. You will also have a chance to explore the beautiful grounds of the property as well. The tour finishes at your hotel in central London.

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Debra was so knowledgable about the Cotswolds and Blenheim, we learned and enjoyed every minute of the day. We learned the back story everywhere. She was also very kind, at the end, talking to each participant to make sure everyone knew how to get “home” Safely. Debra has a wonderful sense of humor and a deep understanding of England’s history. She even told us where to stand to see the Queen on her way to address Parliament Yesterday morning. She was absolutely correct with the time and place. We took video of the procession. What a thrill. We saw the Queen!!!! Thank you, Debra, Michelangelo our driver, and Evans and Evans. What a wonderful tour.

Evans and Evans unfortunately had to cancel my original trip due to lack of bookings but set me up with another trip with no extra charge, and I had an even more amazing time! Debbie, the tour guide, was so knowledgeable, personable, and amazing throughout the entire trip! The company was fantastic, buses were comfortable, and it was an amazing way to get out of London and see a different part of England. 10/10

Amber was the perfect guide, she was friendly and talked to us on our level and was NOT a show-off, and NOT a “I know more then you” kind of guide. It was fun!

It was a very good choice. Cotswold is a nice place to see. Especially when your guide gives you good insights of the place.

Nijel and Kevin are really professional, well organized tour arrangement, I will order again!