Day trip

From Oxford: Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Cotswold Exploring
Day trip

From Oxford: Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Cotswold Exploring

From US$ 122.32 per person

Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Highclere Castle, a key location for the popular TV series, Downton Abbey. Take a scenic drive through some of the movie locations in the Cotswolds.

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Duration 9 hours
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Enjoy visiting Highclere Castle, the charming family home forming the central location for 'Downton Abbey'
  • Explore the pretty village of Bampton, with its quaint church, the location for the village of 'Downton'
  • Delight in a scenic drive through the sleepy stone villages and old market towns of the Cotswolds
Full description
Leaving the beautiful medieval city of Oxford, head south to Highclere Castle for a morning visit of the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Immerse yourself in the history of this 19th century castle, still very much a family home, and explore the grounds and beautiful gardens. Imagine sitting at the grand table in the family dining room with the 'Dowager' Violet, Lady Mary and Lady Cora, being served your lunch by Mr. Carson. After the visit to Highclere Castle, your tour continues to quaint Bampton, one of the oldest villages in Britain. Wander around the part of the village used to film Downton Abbey and visit St Mary's Church, where so many events in the life of the Crawley family took place. From Bampton, a scenic drive takes you to the charming old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds,' with its sloping high street and quaint shops. Enjoy lunch in a typical local cafe or pub. After lunch, go on a panoramic drive through some of the sleepy stone villages of the Cotswolds. Make your last stop in the idyllic village of Swinbrook, which was a film location for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Bridget Jones' Baby.' Delight in a walk through this charming village, before returning to Oxford.
  • Entrance to Highclere Castle and Gardens included
  • Blue Badge tour guide and dedicated driver
  • Food
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the coach bays in front of Taylorian Institution in St Giles. Look for a dark blue minibus with 'Explore Oxford and the Cotswolds' written on the sides.

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Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Tour will go ahead in all weathers
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September 8, 2022

August 25, 2022

I had a great day exploring Highclere and the Cotswolds. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative.

August 1, 2022

Product ID: 384843