Private Downton Abbey Tour, Including Bampton, Cogges Farm, and Highclere Castle Tour from London

A Delightful Downton Day Out.

This tour is perfect for any fan of Downton Abbey as it takes in more of the filming locations than most other day tours. With entry to Cogges Manor Farm and Highclere Castle’s House and grounds included in the tour cost, as well as Bampton, Swinbrook, and Shilton, this is the ultimate one-day Downton Abbey experience. Starting and finishing at your London hotel or selected pick up point, the tour makes it easy for you to explore the world of Downton Abbey and the history and filming experiences of the locations that you will visit.

With an expert guide with over seven years of experience in delivering Downton Abbey tours who is also incredibly passionate about the series, all of your questions will be answered by the time you return to London. While on our tour, you will also learn some behind-the-scenes secrets of how the series was filmed and, if you are lucky, meet some of the people who live in the places Downton Abbey also calls home.

The tour includes, but is not limited to:

Cogges Manor Farm Cogges Manor Farm doubles up as Yew Tree Farm in Downton Abbey. Originally home to Mr and Mrs Drew, who take in Lady Edith’s illegitimate daughter Marigold, Yew Tree Farm is now in the hands of Daisy’s father-in-law Mr Mason. Seen throughout series 4, 5 and 6 of Downton Abbey, this location is very close to all our guides hearts (if we’re honest, it’s most of our guides favourite place on this tour) and plays a significant part in Lady Edith’s storyline. When at Cogges, you will be shown around the Manor farm by our expert guide, be taken to the rooms and grounds used throughout Downton Abbey and told the history of Cogges Manor Farm. You will also have time to watch Cogge’s own behind the scenes Downton documentary all about filming at the farm and enjoy, should you wish, some of the light refreshments available. After exploring Cogges, your guide will take you for a drive to some of the lesser-known Downton Abbey locations before driving you to the beautiful village of Bampton.

Swinbrook Swinbrook is home to the Swan Pub, one of the best pubs in the country. Sadly, due to time limits on the tour, we cannot stop here for any length of time, but it’s still worth a visit as this is the pub that Branson and Lady Sybil elope to in series 2. It also has aristocratic links of its own, having been a favourite of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (the late Deborah Cavendish, nee Freeman-Mitford) who grew up in the nearby Asthall.

Shilton Shilton is a stunning picturesque village, and it’s no surprise that the producers of Downton Abbey decided to film a brief but memorable sequence here. Standing in for the Yorkshire village of Kirkbymoorside, this idyllic village was seen in series 2 of Downton Abbey when Anna discovers where Mr Bates has been working after he leaves Downton.

Bampton Bampton is Downton Village! Seen throughout the six series and one film of Downton Abbey, many of us can walk through Bampton’s filming locations with our eyes closed, thanks to how many times we have seen our favourite characters walk its streets. Home to the village hospital (in reality, the local library and a visitor centre which we will visit as part of the tour), the local church (where Lady Mary marries both Matthew and Henry Talbot, and where Edith is both jilted at the altar and marries the man of her dreams – Bertie Pelham), Crawley house where Matthew and his mother Isabell live, and of course the Grantham Arms and Dog and Duck Pubs – which are private, not public houses – Bampton is a place like no other. While in the village, your guide will tell you all about the filming for Downton Abbey, how the local community has responded with being constantly flooded with tourist from across the world and will assist you in taking as many Downton themed photos as you can.

Highclere Castle Highclere Castle is famous throughout the world as the real Downton Abbey. Used as one of the filming locations for the hit TV series and film, this gorgeous stately home is a must-see for any fan of the series or anyone interested in exploring one of the most beautiful stately homes in England. Currently home to the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and his family, the House is open for a limited period every year throughout the spring and summer. Upon arrival at Highclere, your guide will secure your entry to the House, and Grounds enables you to see everything the House has to offer. Once inside the House, you will be able to view the rooms on the ground floor and first-floor levels, all of which are seen in Downton Abbey before exploring the Egypt exhibit, which charts the 5th Earl’s exploits with the famous Egyptologist Howard Carter and their discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Finally, you will have time to explore the stunning grounds before returning home.

 

David & Chris
David & Chris
2020-08-24
Thank you Henry for an amazing day out! We took this tour with Henry a few days ago and really enjoyed it. We're sometimes a bit wary of booking a private tour as a Gay couple (you never know what the guide is going to be like) but Henry made us both feel totally at ease. He collected us from our hotel, provided us with face masks and hand sanitizer, and drove us out to the Cotswolds. We were also really lucky that Henry was able to get us into places that are currently closed to the public, thanks to his relationship with the locations that we visited. He was charming, well informed, and funny. Henry was able to tell us lots of interesting facts about the places that we visited, and told us where to stand to get the best photos. Thanks for an amazing day out, will definately book with Tours of the UK again in the future.
Selina E
Selina E
2020-02-16
I spy with my little eye.... We took this tour with Chris in January whilst we were visiting after Christmas. The tour is really informative, full of great facts and stories, and even included some locations from the James Bond franchise. It was great hearing the history of the British Secret Services and their exploits during the Second World War and The Cold War. We also had no idea that Roald Dalh was a spy and had helped write the Bond films. We'll be back for the Bond Tour next time.
Eric D
Eric D
2020-02-16
Great day out with Dewi We took out grandkids on the tour with Dewi and it was fantastic. The grandkids loved every second of tour and the locations that we visited. Highly recommended for any Doctor Who fan
KingBooScaresYou
KingBooScaresYou
2020-01-30
Absolutely fantastic tour! I had the pleasure of going on the Churchill walking tour today with my guide Karl. As an avid history fan I was in my element seeing the famous sites, and Karl really brought them to life. He couldn't have been more friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic, and evidently has a real passion for history which came across in this tour. I thoroughly recommend Karl and this tour to any fellow history geeks out there! You wont be disappointed! Thanks for an amazing day!!
Karen W
Karen W
2019-12-01
Excellent value Kathryn was a great host very knowledgable about sherlock movies and other movies shot in the area. We went past the sherlock Holmes pub and many more places of interest
Natalie D
Natalie D
2019-11-16
Really fun day out! I went on the Harry Potter tour with Dewi and he was brilliant. Was a really fun tour and so informative. I looooooove Harry Potter and it was so cool learning all the facts and seeing the spots of filming. Would definitely recommend!
Lauren
Lauren
2019-11-15
Absolute riot I went on a hybrid tour with Dewi at the end of the summer and it was such good fun, me and my friend (we’re the folks in the pictures in the header!) got to wander round London being absolute needs and learning about the locations of doctor who and Harry Potter and evening stopping off at some of London’s best drinking establishments. Dewi was very knowledgable and a lot of fun, would recommend in a heartbeat!
Cez1984
Cez1984
2019-11-15
Dewi was a fantastic guide! Brilliant tour around lots of filming sights in London and a chance to recreate famous scenes from the film. Our guide Dewi was really informative and enthusiastic and we had a really good laugh all throughout the whole tour. Highly recommended