About The Tour
Drive through Oxford to the picturesque village used in the TV series. Set in Yorkshire, Downton Abbey's exterior scenes were filmed in a perfectly preserved village of Oxfordshire, one of England's oldest villages which traces back to the Iron Age. Visit St Mary's Church and the library used for the facade of the cottage hospital in the series, and take photos outside Isobel Crawley's house.
Visit Highclere Castle (providing you have tickets) which was remodeled in the 19th century into its Elizabethan style by Sir Charles Barry - the architect who was responsible for rebuilding the Houses of Parliament. You will recognise the Castle's salon, library, dining room and entrance hall which feature prominently in the series as the setting for the Crawleys' family home.
Should you not get tickets, you can choose to visit instead Basildon Park. Its library was used as the study of the family's London home. Basildon Park is also the setting for Netherfield, home to Mr Bingley in the Pride and Prejudice movie adaptation with Keira Knightley! (Open February to December.)
Alternatively, you could visit West Wycombe Park, a stunning National Trust property in Buckinghamshire, which is used for the interior scenes of Lady Rosamund's London residence. (Open May, June, July, August. Sunday to Thursday, afternoons only.)
You might choose instead to visit Greys Court, the picturesque 16th-century mansion known as “Downton Place” in the third series, where the family proposes to relocate due to financial difficulties. (Open March to December.)
Alternatively ask your London tour guide to take you to visit the Queen’s residence Windsor Castle, or Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace.
Please note if you wish to visit Highclere Castle you must purchase advance tickets for you and your guide. Tickets sell out extremely quickly once released online, so we recommend keeping an eye on the official site:
Please note that there is limited availability for this tour. If possible, please give us a choice of dates when you can travel.