The Real Downton Abbey Tour with Best Value Tours

Depending on your starting location your day begins about 7am and heads out towards the stunning Oxfordshire countryside ready to visit Highclere Castle (famed as ‘Downton Abbey’)

We allow plenty of time to try and reach Highclere nice and early which is the best time to visit before the large coach groups arrive there, giving you maximum enjoyment and comfort to be able to explore this magnificent house relaxed and without crowds

If traffic has been kind to us, there maybe time for a quick Tea or Coffee stop before going in at Highclere

Next is an amazing scenic journey to the stunning ‘stopped in time’ village of Bampton which you will immediately recognise as ‘Downton Village’. From the famous green to streets and shops it is like stepping back in time straight into the world of ‘Downton Abbey’

Downton Abbey

Winner of best mini-series at the 2012 Golden Globes, Downton Abbey is the most successful British period drama since Brideshead Revisited, with ratings exceeding 10 million viewers

Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey, and you can visit the stately home in style on the Real Downton Abbey Tour

Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, whose lives were changed forever during the First World War. The world of Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey were changed irrevocably by the First World War

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland

The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years

For more information see link – Highclere Castle

Bampton

Will be better known to avid Downton Abbey watchers as ‘Downton Village’ the famous film location of the fictional ‘Village’ regularly seen in most episodes

Whilst this makes it all the more interesting a place to visit, it is in addition to its ‘Downton’ fame a wonderful, quaint and unspoiled village where time has stood still

It is one of the oldest villages in England, mentioned in the Doomsday book, and perfectly preserved in all its ancient magnificence A must see rural splendour, a beautiful English Village at its best Whilst there you will see numerous settings which feature in Downton Abbey, from the picturess streets to the village green – other highlights are

Bampton Library, Church View

Downton Cottage Hospital seen in Series 2

St Mary’s the Virgin Parish Church

This was the ‘Downton Village Church’ and featured regularly throughout the series

For more information – see link

Lunch

We keep up the ‘Downton’ theme with a visit next to the equally spectacular village of Swinbrook, set in the beautifully stunning, Oxfordshire country side where it is time for lunch at the delightful, traditional village pub

The Swan Inn

Once settled in side. Perhaps trying one of the locally brewed ale, you will soon notice this is no ordinary pub and you are dinning in the familiar setting, treading in the footsteps of ‘Branson and Lady Sybil’ and this is where they eloped to in the second series

There is a fantastic choice of excellent meals for lunch, at great value and topped with superb and warm local hospitality of a local English Pub known locally as; “A boutique Cotswolds Inn on the banks of the River Windrush.”

Famed as stock local beers and lagers from the Cotswold Brewing Company, real ales, such as Hook Norton Best which you’ll find have consistently featured in the Good Beer Guide

For more information see link – The Swan Inn

West Wycombe Park and Village

Next we head through beautiful Cotswolds and Buckinghamshire countryside to visit the Country House, which is West Wycombe Park and Village Chilterns countryside

West Wycombe Park is one of the most theatrical and Italianate of all English country houses and the Dashwood family home for over 300 years. Set in 45 acres of landscaped park, the house as we see it today is the creation of the 2nd Baronet in the 18th century

This Palladian gem is frequently featured in screen adaptations of literary classics such as Cranford and Little Dorrit and more recently in the television series, Downton Abbey

West Wycombe is a historic village with bags of charm. Its streets are lined with cottages and inns of varying architectural styles, dating from the 16th century through to the 18th century

For more information see link – West Wycombe Park and Village

mire tour information here:  http://bestvaluetours.co.uk/search-highclere-castle-downton-abbey-special-private-tour-282

Travel Editor
Best Value Tours

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