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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

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Highclere Park, Newbury, West Berkshire RG20 9RN, Highclere, London

The Basics

Highclere is a popular day trip from London. You can go as part of a group tour by bus, in a small-group tour by minivan, or on a private tour by luxury vehicle or even black cab. Afternoon tea is offered in the castle’s tea rooms in the coach house, though you must book in advance. Some full-day tours from London incorporate stops at otherDownton filming locations, such as the charming Cotswolds village of Bampton, which is used to portrayDownton in the show. Other tours include non-Downton destinations such as Oxford, home to the esteemed university.

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Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
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$189.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth it!
Oxford and Highclere Castle did not disappoint but we also enjoyed our tour guide and driver who were extremely friendly and helpful!
Todd_W, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Southampton

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Fabulous tour of our beloved show!
Frank_V, Sep 2021
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle Tour from London
Actually seeing where this series took place was amazing! We loved the grounds and felt connected to the show.
star-5
Loved Highclere Castle!
bmac678, Sep 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
My absolute favorite part of this tour was seeing Highclere Castle, not just touring inside but spending time on the grounds after the tour. Lady Carnarvon was even there talking about the history of the castle during our tour! Oxford was very neat to see, but there wasn't enough time to truly tour the campus and town.
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Downton Abbey Oxford tour...great
Rachel K, Aug 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
We loved this tour. Oxford was lovely, you have 2 hours there. 30 min walking guided tour and 1.5 hours for lunch, sight seeing, and shopping. Its tight on time but we managed. Highclere castle is fantastic. Great information sheets and guides all through the house. Our tour guide for the day was Karen. She was informative. Pleasant, and knowledgeable. We ran on time and felt the tour was fun, comfortable bus, and great tour guide. Highly recommend if you are a Downton fan.
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A Very Downton Day
Trek26293044454, Jun 2019
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle Tour from London
So fun to see Downton Abbey locations, including the real-life farm that stands in for Yew Tree Farm in the show, the town where the village scenes were filmed, and of course Highclere Castle itself. The tour was well-organized and our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Tour bus was comfortable, with cushioned seats and large windows for easy viewing. We had a great time!
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Downton Abbey and Oxford- Highly recommend!
arizzo0528, Jul 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Outstanding Tour Host and Driver! Loved the Oxford and Brampton town visits. Just enough time for quick tour and time on our own. Enjoyed seeing everything from Highclere Castle and the surrounding grounds. Also a highlight was meeting the Countess! Nothing i would change about the tour except for the pickup experience at the terminal. Too much commotion and overcrowding for all the different tours leaving from that small area.
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Wonderful!
yasnaborne, Jul 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Great tour. I loved it! Oxford was interesting and beautiful. The Highclere castle was wonderful. We had tea (we paid for tea and sandwiches) and they have a gift shop (for fan people like me) at the end of the visit. Great time!
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Excellent tour! Our tour guide...
John P, Jun 2016
Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour
Excellent tour! Our tour guide Steve was knowledgeable, humorous, and very very personable. He got to know us and we him and we had a great 9 hours together. He took us to all the sites we wanted to see and gave us inside stories wherever he went. His black cab was immaculately clean and roomy. He left us with great memories on the last day of our British Isles vacation. We loved it. Thank you Steve!
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Hi I had a great trip, lived our...
Nathalie N, May 2015
Downton Abbey and Highclere Castle Tour from London
Hi I had a great trip, lived our guide Andy he was funny and gave us a lot of info on the cast and the locals. The bus was very clean and the driver was very good, his name was Idris I believe. The castle was fantastic and now I can check this off my bucket list. The weather was not very good but hey that's life. I would strongly recommend this tour. Will book other tours with Viatour. Thanks again for a great time.
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Highclere
aa11242019, Aug 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Would have liked to skip Oxford and stay longer at Highclere to enjoy the inside of the house 🏠 and the gardens more. Also, to have the opportunity to have high tea ☕️.
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Downton Abbey
Sheila P, Aug 2019
Private Downton Abbey with Castle Taxi Tour
We had a lovely day visiting the Downton Abbey film locations it was wonderful despite being very busy as it was fathers day. would highly recommed to Downton Abbey fans
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A lovely day in the English countryside
donnavickroy, Jul 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
We absolutely enjoyed this excursion. The town of Bampton is just lovely and the people are so gracious to let visitors walk the lanes a pose for photos in front of cottages. Highclere Castle is impressive and we especially liked the gardens. We are fans of the TV series and it was great fun to see the filming locations. Our guide, Carol, was wonderful and tried to tailor the trip to everyone's needs.
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Well Worth It!
Adventurer611014, Jul 2019
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
It's a very long day, but worth it. Jack our guide and Malcom our driver were the best. Loved Jack's stories and was in awe of how Malcom maneuvered that big coach in VERY tight spaces. 2 1/2 hours at Highclere Castle was a bit long, especially without a formal tour through the castle, but Oxford and Highclere will bowl you over with their history and magnificence.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Day trips from London typically last between eight and 11 hours.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothes.

  • Most organized tours include guided visits around the house.

  • Most areas of the castle—namely the ground floor and the Egyptian Exhibition—are accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Trains from London Paddington station depart approximately every hour and bring passengers to Newbury station, situated about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of the castle. From Newbury, it’s a 15-minute taxi ride to Highclere Castle. Newbury-bound National Express buses depart from London Victoria.

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When to Get There

Highclere Castle is open to the public for about 65 days a year: for two weeks around Easter, during the two May bank holiday weekends, and from early July to early September. Entry is ticketed, with morning and afternoon time slots available. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to book well in advance. Walk-up tickets are also sold at Highclere; arrive early to ensure you get one.

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Special Events at Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle hosts various seasonal events throughout the year including special castle tours, concerts, and parties. During the holiday season, the estate is the setting for festive fairs and carol services. In summer, the castle’s events program includes garden parties, during which guests don period dress and enjoy picnics and Pimm’s on the grounds.

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