Day trip

From London: Day Trip to Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton

Activity provider: Premium Tours
Day trip

From London: Day Trip to Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton

Activity provider: Premium Tours

From US$ 191.29 per person

Admire the architectural highlights of Oxford. Stop in Bampton village and enjoy a tour of Highclere Castle with rooms featured in Downton Abbey and receive a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Enjoy a walk around Oxford, home to one of the world's oldest universities
  • Visit Bampton village, featured in the TV drama Downton Abbey
  • Enjoy a tour of Highclere Castle and see rooms featured in the series
  • Receive a copy of Lady Carnarvon's autobiography as a souvenir
Full description

Visit Oxford and top 'Downton Abbey' filming locations on this guided day trip from London. Start the day with a walking tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings. Continue to the Cotswolds’ village of Bampton. Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle with entry tickets included.

Board your bus in London and set out on your tour. Journey in a comfortable bus as you head towards your first stop for the day, the city of Oxford.

Here, embark on a guided walking tour of the city, home to one of the world’s oldest universities and packed with architectural highlights.

Next up is a visit to Bampton, the filming location and setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey.

See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, and 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.

  • Visit to Bampton and Oxford
  • Highclere Castle entry fee
  • Guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned luxury coach
  • A copy of Lady Carnarvon's book
  • Tips
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The tour departs at 08:15 AM from gates 18-20 at Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP. Check-in begins at 08:00 AM. This is a 5-minute walk from the Victoria train station.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The order of sites visited may change from time to time
  • Once the tour is booked there are no refunds unless the local partner is able to resell the tour ticket
  • Gratuities for the guide are not included in the tour and are up to your discretion
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 152 reviews

Review summary

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Lovely guide Carol very knowledgeable but we were behind schedule due to London traffic and the driver Andre drove far too fast through the Cotswold countryside-it spoilt the day really as it was quite scary on the country roads-we would prefer to get there safely rather than not at all.Also on viewing the entrance price to go into Highclere thought that what we paid was very overpriced. Overall had a good day .

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March 29, 2023

James our guide and Chris the driver were both excellent. We had time in Oxford, Bampton and Highclere to explore on our own. It was enough time at Highclere. If you are a slow shopper or I can’t decide what you want it wasn’t enough time in Oxford. But it was a fairly tight time schedule because the high clear time was very defined and we had to be there at a certain time. The tour is very organized and James is a veritable encyclopedia of information! Highly recommended

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March 29, 2023

Karen our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and Chris the driver was also hilarious and drove well! Oxford and the downton abby village stops were brief but that meant a really good about of time at Highclere! Grab some food in Oxford or bring with as there’s not much elsewhere. Really excellent tour and we’ll run! Would highly recommend!

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March 29, 2023

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