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HIGHCLERE CASTLE, BAMPTON & OXFORD: 2019 –
- Visit Highclere Castle where the Downton Abbey TV series was filmed.
- Visit to Bampton Village setting many of the outdoor scenes from the TV series.
- Signed copy of Lady Carnarvon’s autobiography
- Upgrade to include an additional book “At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at The Real Downtown Abbey” written and signed by Lady Carnarvon (Upgrade option must be selected at the time of booking – Tour 03DX)
- Walking tour of Oxford and independent time for Lunch.
Leaving London we head for the University town of Oxford.
Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world’s greatest – and oldest – universities, as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries.
A walking tour of Oxford with our guide is included before some free time to grab a bite to eat.
Why not try out a pub lunch at one of the many famous inns of Oxford.
Next we head to Bampton the setting of various village scenes from the Downton Abbey series. Visit the Church, Mathew Crawley’s mother’s house, the hospital and more. The village itself is quintessentially British and one of Britain’s hidden treasures.
Leaving Bampton we now head for Highclere Castle made famous by the Downton Abbey TV series.
Built by Sir Charles Berry who also built the houses of Parliament, this is the countryseat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent public main hall, the library and sitting rooms in addition to other rooms featured in Downton Abbey.
Why not spend some time enjoying the enjoying the parklands created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown who also designed the grounds of Blenheim Palace or indulge yourself with tea and cake at one of the tea rooms once you have finished touring the Castle. A signed copy of Lady Carnarvon autobiography will also be given to every customer on the tour. It makes for fascinating reading and is a unique souvenir to remember the day!!
Departing Highclere Castle we head back to London and arrive back at approximately 7pm.
Dates available are as follows for 2019
Apr: 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23
May: 5, 6, 7, 28
Jul: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31
Aug: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28.
Sep: 1, 2, 3
DOWNTON ABBEY PRIVATE TOURS are also available on other dates (Apr, May, Jul, Aug and Sep 2019). In addition tours are available to Downton Country locations on other dates
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The hotly anticipated fifth series of Downton Abbey continues with the focus still firmly set on affairs of the heart.
Meanwhile, the season sees happier news for widower Branson and his sister-in-law Lady Mary who finally find love again.
In the previous series, Lady Edith became separated from the father of her child Michael Gregson, with whom she was happy until he failed to return from Germany.
Edith entrusted Drewe, who is a local tenant on the grounds, with the care of her baby, but whenever the aristocrat is allowed to visit her child, she finds it hard to be separated again, putting a strain on the arrangement.
The Crawley family still aren’t aware of Edith’s secret heartbreak, which in turn leaves widow Lady Mary with no sympathy for her miserable sister.
BEST TOUR FOR DOWNTON ABBEY
‘See top filming locations from the award-winning ‘Downton Abbey’ television series and several Harry Potter films on a full-day tour from London. This tour leaves London and heads to Highclere Castle in Hampshire – the real life Downton Abbey. Here you’ll get a real taste of Edwardian England, learning about popular characters from the much-loved period drama, as well as the real-life family who have owned the castle since the 17th century
Visit the filming locations of the successful British TV show
Discover the real Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle in Hampshire and explore its gorgeous grounds
Visit the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Bampton
Vist Oxford and Christchurch
Our ‘Downton Abbey Tour’ is a best seller and must be booked well in advance!
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Highclere Castle in Berkshire (South East England) is the real castle that plays the role of Downton Abbey. Set in 1,000 acres of parkland, this Victorian manor is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, whose family have lived on the site since 1679. Downton Abbey author, Julian Fellowes is a longstanding family friend and had Highclere in mind while penning the series.
Britain’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey has been taking the world by storm of late, so get your top hats and teacups at the ready, and prepare to get a taste of Edwardian-era England.
Downton Abbey: 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
Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland
The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years Visitors follow a route through the Castle though rooms with guides in each State room happy to share anecdotes and information. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery before walking down the Oak staircase to the Saloon in the heart of the Castle. As well as the castle, the extensive grounds are rewarding to explore
Make a trip in 2014 when the castle is open to visitors and experience Downton life first hand: sip tea at the café, stroll the gardens and admire the sumptuous rooms, many of which are used during filming. Buy tickets and book tours in advance to avoid disappointment.
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