What To Expect
Explore some of Downton Abbey film locations featured in both London and the Oxfordshire countryside. London's highlights include off-the-beaten-track locations full of historical buildings and cobbled streets, as well as grand houses, clubs and restaurants with aristocratic and regal links. Leaving the hubbub of town, your afternoon will be spent visiting Downton Village, Yew Tree Farm and enjoying the picturesque Cotswold scenery and villages.
Travelling by mini coach, 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 Inns of Court, which have been popular sites for filming. See the clinic Lady Edith visited when she discovered she was pregnant and the Russian Refugee church where Prince Kuragin stayed at. Follow the footsteps of Mr. Bricker and Cora when they went for a walk and spotted the cafe where Tom spied Lady Rose out with the Jazz singer, Jack Ross. Other London sites to be visited include exteriors of Lord Gillingham's townhouse, the Liverpool Grand Hotel and Grantham House. After you have explored London Town, it is time to head out to the countryside. The first location that you will visit is about 70 miles out of town.
Upon your arrival at the historic 10th century farmstead, which was featured as Yew Tree Farm in Series 4 and 5, you can enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and jam scone. Lunch can be purchased in the cafe. Following lunch, you will have a guided tour of this location, which was featured as the home of Mr. Drewe, the struggling tenant who agreed 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. 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 visited in Series 1 (Episode 3). Also pass by the pub where Branson and Lady Sybil stayed when they eloped 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, among others.
The tour finishes at Temple Station.
Transport by mini coach
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Infants aged 2 years old and below are required by law to be in a suitable baby booster seat. The local tour operator will not be able to provide these seats and it is the duty of the parent/guardian to bring one so the infant will be able to participate in the tour.
We do not visit Downton Abbey due to the limited opening times of Highclere Castle. The castle exterior is not viewable from any publicly accessible areas.
For Wednesday departures, the day will start instead with the Yew Tree Farm and Downton Place will be replaced by the stunning 18th century Georgian property whose interior became Grantham House, the Crawleys' London town house that was featured at the end of the Season 4 Special.
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