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Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Tour

1. Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Tour

Depart London in the morning, making your first stop at Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm), the home of the Downton Abbey tenant farmers. This beautiful, well-preserved 13th century manor house is situated on the banks of the River Windrush, and was featured in the fourth Downton Abbey series. Beginning with the fifth series, the farm became home to the secret love child of Lady Edith. In the sixth series, Mr. Mason moved in with aid of Daisy. Enjoy a tea/coffee break on your arrival at the farm’s refurbished rustic Cow Shed Café and then take a tour and learn of the encounters between the tenant farmers and the landowners, featured in the TV series. Your private tour of Yew Tree Farm is scheduled before it opens to the public! Once you’ve visited the farm, you’ll continue on to Downton village, which is actually called Bampton, a lovely, well-preserved village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. This village has been featured extensively throughout the popular TV series as its Downton village. The local library served as the Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors’ surgery, and St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church. Churchgate House also featured in exterior shots as the Crawley family home. Now, you will have the chance to walk along these village streets! In the early afternoon, you’ll head to Highclere Castle, the Grantham family home. You’ll have time to explore the Monk’s Garden, the White Border, the Secret Garden, and the Wood of Goodwill, and have time for a light lunch at the café/tearooms in the Castle kitchens. The Carnarvon family have lived at Highclere Castle since 1679. In 1838, the Third Earl of Carnarvon commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the castle into an outstanding mansion. It served as a hospital during the Great War and was returned to private residential use in 1922. The current Earl and his wife, the Countess of Carnarvon, live part of the time in the castle and part of the time nearby in their country home. They remain closely involved in the everyday life of the castle and the plans for its future. Once you have entered the castle, you’ll follow a set route with guides in each state room, including the saloon, library, dining room, music room, drawing room, and smoking room. You can also go up the red stairs to see some of the bedrooms and the gallery, before making your way down the oak staircase back to the saloon in the center of the castle.

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Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Pub and History Treasure Hunt

2. Portsmouth: Old Portsmouth Pub and History Treasure Hunt

On Horatio Nelson's last day on dry land before joining his ship to fight in the Battle of Trafalgar, he stored a valuable diamond necklace in a chest in one of Portsmouth’s many taverns for safekeeping. That night, the tavern was broken into and the necklace was stolen. You must solve the clues, eliminate suspects, and return to the scene of the crime to get to the bottom of this historic mystery. With 18 clues to solve and five pubs to discover, head off in search of the elusive diamond thief. Your adventure begins at the Grand Parade in Old Portsmouth before winding through the old streets and alleys of the old town, passing key historical sights including Portsmouth Cathedral, the Square and Round towers, the Hotwalls Studios, and Spice Island. This treasure hunt is the best way to see the key historical sights in the city, visit the most atmospheric taverns, and soak up true local stories of its most notorious characters and places. The mystery is complete when you return to the scene of the crime and catch the diamond thief who can still be found lurking somewhere in the city.

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Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

3. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

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London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

4. London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

Travel by executive coach from London to the Southampton cruise terminal via Stonehenge on this 6-hour excursion. One of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world, Stonehenge has been described as a temple, as a clock, and by some as a burial site. Enjoy a visit with an audio-guided tour around the world-famous stones. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart on the 1-hour drive to Southampton. When you arrive at the cruise terminal all you’ll need to do is identify your luggage to the porters and then check-in to begin your cruise. The tour price includes travel by executive coach, admission to Stonehenge, the services of a tour manager, and drop off at Southampton Cruise Terminal.

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Southampton–London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

5. Southampton–London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

The first stop on your excursion is Salisbury, boasting one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in Britain, built in the 13th century, and a stunning medieval town center. You’ll spend an hour in Salisbury before departing for mysterious Stonehenge. The drive from Salisbury to Stonehenge takes you through some beautiful English countryside and villages, passing historic churches and thatched cottages. Before arriving at Stonehenge your guide will tell you about the many myths, legends, and facts surrounding this prehistoric structure. Stonehenge has been described as one of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world. Was it a temple, a clock, a burial site, or something else? On arrival you’ll have time for a visit and an audio-guided tour around the world famous stones (admission fee not included), or time to browse the gift shop. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart for Royal Windsor, where you’re scheduled to arrive in time for a late lunch. You’ll then have some time to explore the city and castle. Windsor Castle is the largest continuously occupied castle in the world and your guide will tell you about its history from William the Conqueror to the current Queen (admission not included, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). If you opt not to enter Windsor castle, enjoy a stroll through the old town and Eton. The coach departs Windsor at 16:00 and passengers will be dropped off at major Heathrow hotels beginning at 16:45. When booking, please specify your hotel and the terminal, if applicable. Drop offs are also provided at terminals 1-5. A drive into London is next, which is less than an hour from Heathrow. The guide will manage the hotel drop offs, where additional vehicles or taxis may be used (included in the price) to ensure the hotel drops are completed as quickly as possible. Drop off options include 250 London hotels and selected main line London train stations.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

6. Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

This full-day tour from the London area takes you on a scenic drive to the historic naval dockyards of Portsmouth. Not only does the harbor feature a number of museums, you’ll see the famous ships that attract visitors from around the world as well. On your tour of several historic Royal Navy ships, the highlight will undoubtedly be HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar. Learn what life was like for these brave sailors, climb the decks, and see where Nelson lived and died. Another highlight is the Mary Rose, the flagship of King Henry VIII. The ship sank on its maiden voyage, just outside the harbor wall. It was raised from the seabed in the 1980s and is now housed in a brand-new museum along with thousands of artifacts. You’ll also see HMS Warrior, the most powerful ship of its time in the 19th century. If weather allows the trip also includes a harbor tour by boat, so you can see actual modern-day Royal Navy vessels in dock and many others visiting the huge natural harbor. Enjoy a complimentary packed lunch and drinks. You may also like to treat yourself to some fish and chips by the harbor!

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From London: Bombay Sapphire Gin & Winchester Tour

7. From London: Bombay Sapphire Gin & Winchester Tour

Departing from London in the morning, you’ll head straight for one of England’s most history-rich cities, Winchester. Ambling the paths and lanes of the ancient city, you’ll have free time to stop by the glorious cathedral, the ancient mill, a bevy of cute cafes, and more than enough museums. After you’ve explored the picturesque town, it’s time to head for the boozy destination of the day –  Laverstoke Mill, where one of the world’s most popular gins, Bombay Sapphire, is distilled. But it’s not just the booze that’s brilliant at the Laverstoke Mill; the exhibition and Victorian architecture are as interesting as they are beautiful.  Once you’ve had enough gin for the day, it’s time to head home. The tour makes a short stop for refreshments at the quaint riverside town of Runnymede, before arriving back in London in the evening.

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What people are saying about Hampshire

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Thoroughly enjoyed our Old Portsmouth pub and History treasure hunt. It is great that the hunt takes you to look at little jewels of interest and gives you facts about the area in which we have lived, but not known. We were able to talk to a couple of residents who were very friendly. Standing outside the school reading about the history I suddenly became aware that it might be the wrong place to stand. We would thoroughly recommend the adventure with a couple of relaxed stops at the various pubs, alcohol not mandatory

An excellent tour covering the filming locations for Downton Abbey. Andrew our guide was a fund of knowledge and he was so friendly and engaging, like a friend chatting. Javeed, the driver was very good and was also extremely friendly. This was the first time we’ve used GetYourGuide and it certainly won’t be our last. Would wholeheartedly recommend

This was very enjoyable and good fun. It was well thought out and not too heavy. We loved looking for the clues, saw some interesting historic things we would have completely missed and learnt fun historical facts. Visited some really great pubs too! Thoroughly recommended.

A very engaging couple of hours, lots of fun and lots of history. The clues were a nice mix of the difficult and simple, so even young children could join in. My teenage son was captivated.

Very well planned and definitely gets you thinking!