Monday 31 July 2017

Downton Abbey Tour with Highclere Castle & Filming Locations

Visit the Main Downton Abbey Filming Locations
Explore Highclere Castle
Visit Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
Walk through the Downton Village of Bampton
See St Mary’s Church
Freel Lunch Pack
Professional Guide
Luxury Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Free Wi-Fi On Board Our Coaches*

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Visit all your favourite Downton Abbey filming locations during this full day tour from London. Travel through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside and to the village of Bampton, used for many Downton Abbey scenes. You’ll also visit Yew Tree Farm (Cogges) and last but not least, magnificent Highclere Castle. 

Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
The first stop on your Downton Abbey filming locations tour is Yew Tree Farm (Cogges). This farm first appeared in series four with Mr. Drewe as the tenant farmer! You will learn about the developing storyline between Charles Blake, handsome government advisor, and Lady Mary, now entrusted with the running of the estate following Matthew’s death. 

At Yew Tree Farm, enjoy a short tea break in the rustic cow shed Cafe at Cogges before exploring the great house and traditional farm buildings. You’ll recognise the location of the now famous ‘pig scene,' featuring the characters of Charles Blake and Lady Mary!

The tour will then take a short drive to the Cotswolds village of Bampton. This lovely village has been used extensively throughout the series of Downton Abbey and has many beautiful 17th and 18th-century houses. Bampton Library was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and doctor’s surgery, St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Church Square, and Churchgate House was used for exterior shots of the Crawley family home! 
You will be able to walk along the street used for shops in the show and see the post office and Grantham Arms, where Tom Branson lodged for a short while.

Highclere Castle
The spectacular end to your Downton Abbey-inspired tour is a visit to Highclere Castle; home of the Grantham family. Visits to Highclere Castle are hugely sought after, and the Castle is only open to the public for a short period each summer. 

You will arrive in the early afternoon, leaving plenty of time to explore the beautiful gardens and visit The Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and Wood of Goodwill. The Carnarvon family have lived at Highclere since 1679, and the castle has seen a number of refurbishments in recent years. 

On entry to Highclere Castle visitors follow a route through the Castle with guides in each State room. The State rooms include the Saloon, Library, Dining room, Music room, Drawing room and Smoking room. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery, before walking down the Oak staircase back to the Saloon in the heart of the house. You will recognise some of the rooms from key Downton Abbey scenes and follow in the footsteps of the actors as the guide leads you through this breathtaking home. 

After departing Highclere Castle, the tour will then return to London for approximately 6.30pm.
Additional Information
Entry to Highclere Castle
Visit Bampton
Drive through Shilton
Entry to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
Professional guide
Return transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities (optional)
Food and drink, unless stated otherwise
Hotel return
Please note:
*During peak periods, additional vehicles without Wi-Fi may be used
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