Downton Abbey Tour & Experience (3 Days)
A new Downton Abbey Experience is available from 2013 allowing fans of Downton Abbey to fully immerse themselves in life above and below stairs.
The 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. Edwardian costume hire is also available (at an additional cost).
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. Accommodation will be in a period 4* hotel.
The day will begin with a guided tour of locations that include the Ripon riot scenes, Matthews law firm as well as his ‘Manchester home’, Lady Rosamund’s home and many others. Lunch will be at the home of the Dowager Countess where a picnic style lunch will be served in the ‘Downton room’. Here you will also have the opportunity to dress in authentic Edwardian costume (optional). You’ll end the day with an authentic Edwardian train experience on the Blue Bell railway where you can enjoy a scenic journey on a real steam train, in fact the same line that was used for scenes when Bates travels to Downton for the first time. Accommodation will be in a period 4*hotel.
The day will start with a visit to Petworth House, a 17th century mansion located in East Sussex where you will get a guided tour and see an authentic below stairs kitchen. Accommodation will again be in a period 4* hotel. Finally we finish at 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.
Private Tours available – see bottom of page.
3 days (2 nights)
Shared room - £697 per person
Single room - £747 per person
50% deposit required to reserve a place
Professional guide, driver, transport by luxury air-conditioned 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, optional hire of Edwardian costume for the duration of the tour (approx £75)
1 – 4 persons: £3500
5 – 6 persons: £4300.