On this magical day tour you will explore some of the film locations used in the hit TV series Downton Abbey including Downton Village, Yew Tree Farm and some of the houses owned by the Crawley family.
This tour will showcase some of the picturesque scenery, villages and historic properties that you will recognise from Downton Abbey. The tour will provide you with an insight into the making of the show and the stories behind some of the places that you will visit on the tour.
You will depart from central London by mini coach and take a 60 minute (approx) journey out of London to the first stop of the day- the 16th century house and grounds that featured as Downton Place in Series 3.
From here you will set off to the heart of rural Oxfordshire where several villages have been used in the world of Downton Abbey. Most notably you will visit Downton Village where you will get a guided tour of the village and see familiar sites such as exteriors of Downton hospital, the village pub, the former home of Matthew Crawley and the local church amongst others. Following this guided tour you will be able to take lunch and have some free time to explore the village for yourself.
The next Downton Abbey location that you will see is ‘Kirbymoorside’, where Anna’s bus splashes through the stream outside the pub where Bates worked when he left Downton Abbey. There will be a short stop at the church that Matthew and Edith visit in Series 1 (Episode 3) and you’ll pass the pub where Branson and Lady Sybil stay when they elope in Series 2.
You will finish the day with a tour and a cup of tea and jam scone at the historic 10th century farmstead that featured as Yew Tree Farm in Series 4 and 5. This is the home of Mr Drewe, the struggling tenant who agrees to secretly help raise Lady Edith’s daughter.
For Wednesday departures, the day will start instead with Yew Tree Farm and Downton Place will be replaced by the stunning 18th century Georgian property whose interior became Grantham House, the Crawleys’ London town house that featured in the end of Season 4 Special.
The tour ends at Gloucester Rd Station.