Real Downton Abbey Tour

Opening Dates for 2016


26th March – 31st March


1st April – 10th April


1st May - 3rd May


29th May - 31st May


10th July – 31st July (excluding Fridays & Saturdays)


1st August - 31st August


1st September - 7th September

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  • Duration

    - 8 hours
  • Southern England

  • Capacity

    - 6
  • Opening Dates for 2015

    Sunday 29th March – Thursday 2nd April

    Saturday 4th April – Sunday 12th April

    Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th May

    Sunday 24th, Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th May

    Sun 12th July – Thur 10th Sept

  • Dress

    - Smart Casual
  • Departs


    Daily @ 9am when Highclere Castle is open
  • Meeting Location


    Henry's Bar & Cafe, 80 Piccadilly, W1J 8HX

Description

Real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle Car Tour

Winner of best mini-series at the 2012 Golden Globes, Downton Abbey is the most successful British period drama since Brideshead Revisited, with ratings exceeding 10 million viewers, and an estimated cost of £1 million per episode. Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey, and you can visit the stately home in style on the Real Downton Abbey Tour. Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, whose lives were changed forever during the First World War. The world of Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey were changed irrevocably by the First World War.

Downton Abbey Private Tour

Private london tours are a luxurious but affordable solution to sightseeing in style. We take you away from the crowded streets and buses on an intimate tour in a private vehicle, either economy or luxury car or luxury 24 seat coach, guided by your professional chauffeur guide, who gives you personal attention and courtesy throughout the experience, the Downton Abbey Tour includes hotel pick up/drop off in Central London and numerous photo opportunities during the tour, in the gardens of Highclere Castle or inside Highclere Castle, the Downton Abbey Tour gives you a chance to experience each film location at a more leisurely and intimate pace. Make no mistake, there is no better way to travel than with Best Tours!

Downton Abbey Tour Itinerary

  • Highclere Castle The Crawley estate was brought to life at Highclere Castle in the county of Hampshire. It sits on 1,000 acres of parkland and it has been the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon since 1679.
  • Bampton Downton village scenes were filmed in one of the oldest villages in England, mentioned in the Domesday book, and perfectly preserved in all its ancient splendour.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

Downton Abbey tour Review by RMann74
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Had a wonderful time on Sunday afternoon on the Downton Abbey tour. Highclere Castle was a spectacle to behold and Mark the tour guide gave lots of interesting information about the history of the castle as well as the show. Would definitely recommend for fans of history or Downton Abbey.(Posted on 10/5/2015)
Downton Abbey Tour Review by dreamyjeannie
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We were promptly picked up by our tour guide Siddy. She was engaging, entertaining and the best guide for this tour! She explained history of the castle as we were driving there, and as we drove into the lot to park, she put on the Downton Abbey theme on the car stereo, it was a nice touch! She took us around the gardens after the castle tour, and then took us for a wonderful pub for lunch. Then onto the small town to see other sites where the show is filmed. After that she entertained us more pointing out points of interest on our way back to London.(Posted on 10/3/2015)
Terrific day Review by Beachcomber10
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We did the private Real Downton Abby tour. Our guide was Sydey (I hope I spelled this correctly). My wife is a huge fan of the show, so I gave her this trip as a Christmas present. I had expected her to enjoy the visit to High Clere, but had not expected that I would enjoy the day, but thanks to a terrific guide, I also had an enjoyable day. Sydey was great company. She was extremely entertaining. The castle was beautiful, and it was fun to visit the village. The lunch was also excellent. I highly recommend this tour.

Visited September 2014(Posted on 10/3/2015)
Downton Abbey Private Tour by private chauffeur- Priceless Review by Grace952
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I choose this tour for ME!! Downton Abbey Film Locations Private Tour and Chauffeur.
I planned other activities that the rest of the family requested. So I went back and forth trying to decide if I should book this tour because of the cost and I was the only family member that watched the series. I am so Glad I booked it, It was the best experience we had as a family!

The Guide, Sarah was incredible! She was personable, professional and very knowledgeable! She made sure each member of my family enjoyed themselves, very accommodating to what we wanted to do and see. She even posed us for our potential Christmas card photo! Her historical references and stories got the other family members to really appreciate and enjoy the tour! Learning about the real Highclere Castle its families and history, walking through each room and seeing the details in person was grand for this fan of the Downton Abbey series.

After experiences with massive bus tours and striking out on our own during this trip, I found this private tour to be Priceless! It was truly the highlight of our two week trip!
Special Thanks to Sarah, our guide and chauffeur. We would love to plan on going on more tours with Sarah in future visits.

Visited August 2014(Posted on 10/3/2015)
A day to remember! Review by peechez66
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The 8 hour tour from London to "Downton Abbey " with Gillian Harker was even more than a seasoned traveler could expect. Gillian was more accomodating and knowledgeable than most of our guides throughout numerous countries. The tour was exactly as advertised, and Gillian made it the best tour we have had in years. I would highly recommend this tour to any Downton fan.
Nancy B.(Posted on 10/3/2015)
“A day to remember!” Review by peechez66 (a TripAdvisor Member)
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The 8 hour tour from London to "Downton Abbey " with Gillian Harker was even more than a seasoned traveler could expect. Gillian was more accomodating and knowledgeable than most of our guides throughout numerous countries. The tour was exactly as advertised, and Gillian made it the best tour we have had in years. I would highly recommend this tour to any Downton fan.
Nancy B.

Visited August 2014

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 9/11/2014)
“downton abbey tour” Review by joeholland87 (a TripAdvisor Member)
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great day out with tom our guide and chauffeur.as we drove along he gave us interesting facts about downton abbey .he got our tickets ,he then left us to walk around and explore highclere castle on our way to our next stop brampton village ,we stopped on route for lunch,in a nice pottery once at brampton ,tom showed us how the village was transformed with props ,we had alook around bramptom at a leisurely pace .he then returned us to our hotel thanks tom great day

Visited July 2014

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 9/11/2014)
“"The Real Downton Abbey Tour"” Review by CedarKeyFan (a TripAdvisor Member)
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We had a great time seeing Highclere Castle and the village of Brampton where many of the town scenes are shot for Downton Abbey. The house tour was great - we got to see many of the "above stairs" rooms that are familiar from the program. (The downstairs scenes are shot in a studio in London.) Our guide, Gill - pronounced "Jill" - was friendly, informative and accommodating. She picked us up promptly at the appointed time and made sure we got to do everything we wanted during the day-long tour. Her suggestions were helpful and made for a very memorable day. We had a great time chatting with some of the townspeople in Brampton who shared stories about the production of the show. I've done a lot of tours and this one was among the best.

Visited May 2014

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 5/31/2014)
“A day at Highclere Castle with a wonderful guide!” Review by barbararadebach (a TripAdvisor Member)
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The private tour of Highclere Castle, (Downton Abbey), was probably the most expensive tour I had ever booked. So, I was curious to see if it was worth the price. Without a doubt this trip/tour, with this particular guide, Gillian Harker, was worth every penny!
Gillian is very well versed in British history and the lore of Downton Abbey. She was able to accompany us on the tour inside the castle, which made it even more enjoyable. Even though they have docents in each room to answer questions we were fortunate to have our private guide. She knew lots more than the docents are willing to share. Gillian makes it a practice to learn some behind the scenes stories of the tv series.
She suggested a great place for lunch, then a short trip to Bampton. Though this small, quite village is recognizable to viewers, Gillian can show you which places you see on the show. They are not marked as such unless filming is taking place.
If you want to visit Downton, this a wonderful tour and guide!

Visited May 2014

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 5/31/2014)
“The Real Downton Abbey Tour” Review by Jen B (a TripAdvisor Member)
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What an experience! Our tour guide, Siddy, gave us the experience of a lifetime. We had a great time touring the beautiful castle as well as adorable town of Bampton where other scenes are shot for the show. When we left we felt that we had made a friend as well as experienced the unbelievable grandeur of Highclere Castle and it's rich history. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is a fan of Downton Abbey and British history.


Visited April 2014


From TripAdvisor(Posted on 5/1/2014)
“The Real Downton Abbey Tour” Review by tnw (a TripAdvisor Member)
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We had the pleasure of having as our Tour Guide, a lovely young lady named Siddy. Our tour was scheduled on a very busy Sunday (The London Marathon was going on). We had to make our way to a different meeting point than planned. Siddy was right on time. From the moment we got in to her car, we knew we had the right person. We shared our somewhat similar knowledge of Highclere Castle as my son had been married there before the hit show Downton Abbey came into being. I knew some fun things and she knew more. The sun was shining, the skies were blue and when we approached the long drive to the house, it was like a beautiful painting; the magnificent Castle, green rolling hills and sheep grazing. Just what you imagine it to be.

We even had the pleasure of running into the Earl of Carnarvon while there and he was kind enough to pose for a picture with us which Siddy was happy to snap.

After Highclere, we traveled to the little town of Bampton which is used in the television show for the Village scenes, including the Church where Mary and Matthew were married and the home used as the Crawley residence.

Once our tour was over, Siddy had a couple of suggestions for lunch. We chose the Pub option and had a wonderful lunch with her.

We were so pleased we went and had such a fantastic guide with us. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves Downton Abbey.

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 5/1/2014)
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The Real Downton Abbey Tour Review by Karen S
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We had a wonderful tour of Highclere Castle & the Village of Bampton today for the "Real Downton Abby Tour". Our guide & driver, Shaung, was a delightful young lady. She was a Downton Abby fan herself & was full of interesting facts. We thoroughly enjoyed our day. (Posted on 8/29/2013)
“Even better than expected!” Review by Spacityrunner (a TripAdvisor Member)
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From the front door pick up service our driver and guide Alex set the stage for a perfect outing. His knowledge of the family and property AND the Downton Abbey series was impressive. And he delivered the experience in such a laid back and relaxed way. Driving up to the stately home was a sight to see, and the manicured lawns and (not secret anymore!) gardens were in full bloom. Inside the home we got to see more than expected too. After leaving the grounds we were taken about 40 miles away to Bampton, which is used as the Downton village in the series. Top notch tour, top notch guide. We would definitely ask for Alex if we took another your with his company the next time we visit the UK!

Visited July 2013

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 8/8/2013)
“Even better than expected!” Review by Spacityrunner (a TripAdvisor Member)
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From the front door pick up service our driver and guide Alex set the stage for a perfect outing. His knowledge of the family and property AND the Downton Abbey series was impressive. And he delivered the experience in such a laid back and relaxed way. Driving up to the stately home was a sight to see, and the manicured lawns and (not secret anymore!) gardens were in full bloom. Inside the home we got to see more than expected too. After leaving the grounds we were taken about 40 miles away to Bampton, which is used as the Downton village in the series. Top notch tour, top notch guide. We would definitely ask for Alex if we took another your with his company the next time we visit the UK!

Visited July 2013

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 8/8/2013)
“Even better than expected!” Review by Spacityrunner (a TripAdvisor Member)
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From the front door pick up service our driver and guide Alex set the stage for a perfect outing. His knowledge of the family and property AND the Downton Abbey series was impressive. And he delivered the experience in such a laid back and relaxed way. Driving up to the stately home was a sight to see, and the manicured lawns and (not secret anymore!) gardens were in full bloom. Inside the home we got to see more than expected too. After leaving the grounds we were taken about 40 miles away to Bampton, which is used as the Downton village in the series. Top notch tour, top notch guide. We would definitely ask for Alex if we took another your with his company the next time we visit the UK!

Visited July 2013

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 8/8/2013)
“Best tour guide ever!” Review by xxk8_82xx (a TripAdvisor Member)
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My husband, mother and myself did the Downton Abbey tour in May and had a fantastic time. Our driver and guide, Alex Shenton, could not have been more friendlier or informative and made the tour so much fun for us. Thank you so much Alex for the best day!

Visited May 2013

From TripAdvisor(Posted on 6/30/2013)

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Downton Abbey Tour Landmarks and Attractions

  • Highclere Castle
  • Highclere Gardens
  • Bampton Village
  • Bampton Church