Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Highclere Castle Christmas Special

This is an exclusive Christmas opening at Highclere castle. Your only chance to see this magnificent castle with seasonal decorations.

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Tour Highlights

  • Return transportation by luxurious coach
  • Fully guided tour with a professional tour guide
  • Entry to Highclere castle
  • Guided visit to 'Downton Village' - Bampton
  • Entry to Cogges Manor Farm with mulled wine and mince pies provided
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Tour Schedule

Downton Abbey

We will leave London in the morning to make our way directly to Highclere castle – the Grantham family home in Downton Abbey. You will be able to see the Library, Drawing Room, Music Room and the Smoking Room in real life but filled with festive decorations! We then make the short drive to Bampton. A delightful village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds which was used extensively in the Downton Abbey TV series for filming. The Village Library was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctor’s surgery whilst St.Mary’s Church was the ‘Downton Church’ and Church Square. Churchgate House was portrayed for the exterior shots of the Crawley family home too. You will also have time to walk around this little village to explore the local shops, Post Office and the Grantham Arms, which were all featured in the popular TV series. The last stop will be Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm) where you can sample some delicious mulled wine and mince pies. There will be time to explore the farm that became home to Lady Edith’s love child in series 5 and to Mr.Mason in series 6. After an exclusive tour we make our journey back to London. The perfect Christmas day out for any Downton Abbey fan!!

Important Information

  • Important note about cancellations – Due to the limited availability of Highclere Castle tickets all bookings for this day trip are 100% non-refundable.
  • Disclaimer: Our Downton Abbey day trips and tours are not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Carnival Films, NBC Universal or Julian Fellowes and his representatives.


  • Return travel by executive coach.
  • Entry and tour of Highclere Castle and Gardens.
  • Expert, friendly Downton Abbey specialist tour guide.
  • Entry to Yew Tree Farm with mulled wine and mince pies.
  • Visit to Downton Village (Bampton).

Departure Information

  • 07:20am – Great Russell Street, outside British Museum. WC1B 3DG.
  • 07:30am – Great Portland Street tube, outside International Student House, London W1W 5PN.
  • 07:40am – Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch. W1C 1LZ .
  • 08:00am – Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborogh Place, London.
  • Return to London.
  • The coach will drop off at Victoria coach and train station, which has excellent transport links for your connecting trains/buses throughout London and beyond.
  • We usually arrive back in central London by 18.30pm depending on traffic conditions.
  • Only available on Saturday 09 December, 2017.


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essential Trips

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.