Downton Abbey Premier Tour

Downton Abbey Premier Tour

Dates for 2019 as follows:

7th – 18th April – Closed on Good Friday April 19th

5th, 6th, 7th May plus 26th, 27th, 28th May

CLOSED during June

Reopens for summer:

7th July – 3rd September (closed on Fridays and Saturdays)

Highclere is closed to the public during June and on Fridays and Saturdays during July to September

We can host tours just for you on any of the above dates.

Premier tour itinerary includes:

  • Guided tour of Downton village and all filming sites
  • Lunch at a venue near to Highclere Castle (about an hour from Downton Village)
  • Your transport to and from Highclere Castle – see the castle interior, grounds and gardens
  • Our Expert tour guide who will share anecdotes and inside knowledge about the cast, filming and production.
  • The tour also takes in beautiful English countryside.
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You will be met by your guide at  either your nearby hotel (near, or in Oxford, ideally), Oxford Station or other convenient location for you.

Downton village

You begin your tour in Downton village where you will see all the external locations used in the village connected to the great house of Downton, including the Crawley house, the village hospital, the two Downton pubs, site of the funfair, and the church where many important scenes take place – the weddings, funerals and christenings of the Crawley family and their staff.

You will spend about 45 minutes here, so there will be plenty of time to visit the small library exhibition, and buy a few souvenirs, please note; there are no Downton Abbey themed souvenirs on sale at present at Highclere Castle, so it is recommended you buy souvenirs from the village library, to avoid disappointment later in the day.

You will also have time to take those all important photos of the village sites and sights before departure.


You will then go for a pub lunch about an hour from Downton Village but just a short drive away from Highclere Castle.

A table will be booked for you and your guide – your lunch is included along with a sparkling glass of Prosecco!

Downton Abbey house and gardens

After lunch, the final stop of the day is Downton Abbey house and gardens ~ Highclere Castle itself.

Your guide will point out all of the filming spots, and you will have time to enjoy the grounds at your leisure and visit the shop after the formal part of the tour.

You will be able to pay a supplement

on the day if you wish to go into the Egyptian exhibition, which is highly recommended, but is not included in this tour.

You will also have afternoon tea here in the castle grounds before returning to Oxford or at a mutually convenient point for your homeward/onward journey.


We depart from Highclere by 4pm





Highclere Estate offers private tours exclusively for your group at certain times, please contact us for more information about this.

Optional Extras

Option 1- Arrive in style

Arrive in style at Highclere Castle in a 1920’s Vintage Motor Car. After lunch, your party will be collected from the lunch venue and be driven in a classic Vintage Motor car as seen in Downton Abbey, for a short drive and then on to Highclere Castle. The cost per person is £97 and based on a group of 4 .

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Option 2 – High Tea

Following the tour, we can take you for an English Afternoon Tea Experience at The Vineyard, only 20 minutes from Highclere, to enjoy the various delicious pastries, sandwiches, teas… and Champagne too if you’d like! The perfect way to end the day for only £40 per person.



Cost per person is £197 and includes:

  • your driver guide,
  • collection from and return to a pre arranged point, in Oxford preferably
  • entry fees
  • either morning or afternoon refreshments
  • lunch with Prosecco

For solo travellers or groups of 6 or more, please contact for more details

Easy payment terms available, please contact us for more details before booking.



  • Cost of travel to tour start and from tour end
  • Refreshments, other than those stated
  • Optional gratuities to guide,
  • Souvenirs

Hotel Information

If your tour is due to take place on a Sunday, it is best to book overnight hotel accommodation (on Saturday evening) near to Newbury, as you will visit Highclere Castle in the morning.

Otherwise it is best to book your overnight accommodation prior to the tour, near to Oxford.

Contact us for more information about hotels in these areas, that our previous clients have used and have been very happy with.


These tours are unlicensed and unauthorised tour of sites featured in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’ produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBCUniversal International Limited.

Classic British Drama Tours Ltd and this tour does not have any association with, or connection to, the television series ‘Downton Abbey’, Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.

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Classic British Drama Tours aims to give our clients an insight into the world of literary dramas from the likes of Charlotte Bronte, Shakespeare and of course Jane Austen.

We also host tours to popular TV dramas such as Downton Abbey, Emma and Poldark, plus films such as Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl and Shakespeare In Love, to name a few.

Costume drama is our passion and we love to host tours to these sometimes little known, but beautiful locations.

OPENING HOURS                                            Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm  (Except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May and August Bank Holidays)
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday: Closed