DOWNTON ABBEY TOUR

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Full day tour with car service, visiting Downton Village, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and Basildon Park (Grantham House) - costs £650

If you are one of the millions of TV viewers who have been captivated by the exploits of the Earl of Grantham, his family and below-stairs servants, this tour is for you.

Although the series is set mainly in the northern county of Yorkshire, you will find that its primary locations are all in the South of England and easily reached from London in a day.

Please note that Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey itself) currently has only limited opening hours so, if it is not accessible during the time you have available, we will aim to visit Basildon Park instead.

Our first port of call is to the village in Oxfordshire (not Yorkshire!) which plays the village of Downton in the hugely-popular TV series and was clearly chosen as the location for its tranquility and picturesque charm. It is a place where time has stood still and where you can believe you are following in the footsteps of the shepherds and wool merchants who put it on the map in the 13th century.

We visit the parish Church, subject to availability, the setting for several of the series’ dramatic events including weddings, christenings, funerals and even a jilting at the altar. The old rectory stands in for the exterior of Lady Isobel Crawley’s house, while the local Church View has appeared as both the Grantham Arms and the Dog and Duck pubs.

Returning to the car, we head off to a 13th century manor house, now better known as Yew Tree Farm, where Lady Edith’s daughter Marigold was brought up. And where better to stop for lunch than the idyllic Cotswold pub where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed while planning their elopement?

Set among 1000 acres of Hampshire (still not Yorkshire!) parkland and woods, Highclere is one of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings. The Carnarvon family (the 5th Earl, along with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt in 1922) has lived at Highclere since the 17th century.

The present building, however, was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, who was also responsible for the Houses of Parliament in London. In the TV series, the Castle is used for the exterior shots of Downton Abbey and for much of the interior filming although the kitchen, servants’ quarters and some of the bedrooms were actually constructed at the Ealing Film Studios.

The interiors of Basildon Park (situated near Reading in Berkshire) are used as the Crawley family’s London residence, Grantham House. In the season five finale, the elegant Georgian mansion was at the heart of Lady Rose’s wedding to Atticus Aldridge and played host to many of the regular characters from the show.

A visit to Basildon Park gives you an insight into what it was like to transform the house into a working television set.

£650.00 per tour

``Glyn guided us on the tour of Arundel Castle, then booked us at the Black Rabbit for lunch then on to Brighton Beach. He was a wonderful guide, full of knowledge as he was a retired police detective in London so we asked him a lot of questions! I would most certainly book him again. Wonderful, patient, nice, funny......``

mydonna

“Glyn Jones Tour to Brighton and Arundel Castle”

Prices are based from a start point in central London.

Pick up point – Your guide will meet you at an agreed meeting place, usually at your hotel or apartment.

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INCLUDED

  • FULL DAY TOUR YES
  • HALF DAY TOUR NO
  • CAR SERVICE YES

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