Take a trip back in time to the set of Downton Abbey on our full-day tour to Highclere Castle and the Cotswolds. Our tour departs from Oxford and takes you first to Highclere Castle, the splendid home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. You have a chance to visit the castle and see where the filming took place and also to visit the beautiful castle grounds. We then take you to the delightful village of Bampton which was the backdrop for the village of Downton. Enjoy lunch in one of the many pubs or cafes in Burford, followed by an enchanting drive through some of the idyllic villages of the Windrush Valley before returning to Oxford.
Your tour begins with a drive through the medieval city of Oxford en route to Highclere Castle. Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and is now famous for being the location of the popular television series 'Downton Abbey'. Enjoy visiting the castle and the gardens and seeing where scenes from 'Downton Abbey' were filmed. The castle also has beautiful grounds which you will have time to explore.
We leave Highclere Castle and return to Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, starting with a visit to the charming village of Bampton, with its quaint stone houses and cottages. Bampton was the location for the village of Downton in 'Downton Abbey'. You will have time to visit St Mary's Church and the Bampton Library and Archive, both of which were used in the filming of this much-loved television series.
Our stop for lunch is in the delightful market town of Burford with its old coaching inns and antiques shops. Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘wool-bale’ tombs at the Church of St John the Baptist. After lunch we take a scenic drive through some of the old quarrying villages of the Windrush Valley and then head to the village of Swinbrook with its riverside pub which was used as an inn in Downton Abbey.
Our return journey to Oxford takes us through the pretty villages of Asthall (home to the Mitford sisters) and Minster Lovell with its thatched cottages and ruined hall.