Downton Abbey Tour & Experience (3 Days)
Fans of Downton Abbey will have a chance to fully immerse themselves in life above and below stairs.
This small group tour will take in all of the main locations featured in the show as well as giving you the chance to experience aspects of Edwardian life in a Downton style setting.
You will get to hear anecdotes about the cast, filming and the production and also step back in time and taste life as an Edwardian aristocrat. Places are strictly limited to 11 per tour.
Depart from central London. The day will start with a guided tour of the location used as the grand interior of Haxby Park, the grand mansion that very nearly became the home of Sir Richard Carlisle and Lady Mary. We then visit Downton Place, another picturesque location that offered an alternative home for the Crawleys for when the money ran out to stay at Downton Abbey. From here we go to Oxfordshire to the beautiful village used as the setting for Downton village and where you’ll see locations such as the hospital, post office, local pub, church and the home of the Crawleys are situated. Dinner will be held at the same restaurant where Lady Edith and Michael Gregson have a romantic dinner date. Accommodation will be in a period 4* hotel in London.
The day begins with a guided tour of London film locations that include the Ripon riot scenes; the exteriors of Matthews law firm as well as his ‘Manchester home’; the park where Mary tries to decide whether or not to marry Matthew; Anna’s hunt for Mr Bates’ address and more. You’ll then make your way to an authentic Edwardian train experience on the Blue Bell railway where you can enjoy afternoon tea and a scenic journey on a real steam train. You’ll be travelling along the same line that was used for scenes when Bates first came to Downton and see the station where Mary gives Matthew a lucky charm. Accommodation will be in a period 4*hotel.
The day will start with a visit to the home of the Dowager Countess, where you’ll be served tea in the ‘Downton room’. Then the grand finale of your 3 day Downton tour is Downton Abbey itself. You will have a chance to take lunch and tour around the house and grounds of Highclere Castle before finally heading back to London.
Sun 10 Aug – Tue 12 Aug 2014 at 9am
3 days (2 nights)
Shared room – £697 per person
Single room – £747 per person
Professional guide, driver, transport by mini coach, all entry fees, 3-4* accommodation and breakfast meals.
Gratuities (optional), entry to the Egyptian exhibition at Highclere Castle is available for £5 on the day