Downton Abbey Premier Tour

Downton Abbey Premier Tour

Please see our Downton Abbey front page for Highclere Castle opening dates.

Premier tour itinerary includes:

  • Private transport just for you and your group
  • Personal tour guide who will share anecdotes and inside knowledge about the cast, filming and production.
  • Guided tour of Downton village and explanation of scenes filmed there
  • Tour of Highclere Castle – see the castle interior, grounds and gardens
  • 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, or Charlbury railway station.

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 leaving for Downton Abbey itself (journey time – 1 hour).


Downton Abbey house and gardens

The afternoon visit will take in Downton Abbey house and gardens ~ Highclere Castle itself.

You will be able to have lunch and/or afternoon refreshments (not included) either before or after your house tour.

Your guide will point out all of the filming spots, via headsets so as not to disturb other visitors to the house 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.


We depart from Highclere by 4pm to return you to either your hotel or train station for your onward/homeward journey.





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


Cost per person is £197 and includes:

  • your driver guide,
  • private vehicle
  • collection from and return to a pre arranged point, either your hotel or train station in Oxford preferably
  • All entry fees

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
  • Lunch 
  • Refreshments
  • 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 deliver tours to filming locations used in British costume dramas, such as Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice (1995 & 2005) and Jane Eyre, amongst others.

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