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  • Duration

    - 8 hours
  • Southern England

  • Capacity

    - 6
  • Opening Dates for 2017

    Easter: Friday 7th April – Sunday 23rd April CLOSED on Friday 14th APRIL Spring: Sunday 30th April, Monday 1st May, Tuesday 2nd May Sunday 28th, Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th May Summer Sunday 9th July - Wednesday 6th
  • Dress

    - Smart Casual
  • Departs

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

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


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.

Downton Abbey Tour Landmarks and Attractions

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

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“The Real Downton Abbey Tour”
By tnw (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
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.

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Downton Abbey Private Tour by private chauffeur- Priceless
By Grace952 on October 3, 2015
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
“A day at Highclere Castle with a wonderful guide!”
By barbararadebach (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 31, 2014
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

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“"The Real Downton Abbey Tour"”
By CedarKeyFan (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 31, 2014
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

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“Even better than expected!”
By Spacityrunner (a TripAdvisor Member) on August 8, 2013
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

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