From the Countess to the Ladies Maid: discover their lifestyle with the behind the scenes tour of the real Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

From the Countess to the Ladies Maid: discover their lifestyle with the behind the scenes tour of the real Downton Abbey.

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Downton Abbey is set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey in the post Edwardian era between 1912 and 1926 and depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants.

The series includes real events that has effects on theirs and the lives on the British social hierarchy. Some of the events include news of the Titanic sinking, the outbreak of world war one, the Spanish influenzas pandemic and many other world wide historical events. The sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints at the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.

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All of our guests who have visited Highclere Castle have been thrilled by its magnificence and splendour, and delighted with the feeling of intimacy. Since becoming one of the stars of Downton Abbey, the castle is being enjoyed in its full glory.

We are delighted to be able to offer you a private or public tour where you can experience a guided tour of the beautiful State Rooms, Castle Bedrooms and Egyptian Exhibition. Your expert guide will have exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture with plenty of anecdotes.

After the tour, we can arrange a private lunch in the formal dining room or a fabulous afternoon tea or lunch at a traditional country pub.

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Highclere Castle is the eponymous Downton Abbey, home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and their family since 1679. Highclere is undoubtedly one of England's most beautiful castles set amid spectacular parkland.

The current castle was largely rebuild in the mid 19th century by Sir Charles Barry, the architect who redesigned the Houses of Parliament. The majestic Victorian gothic edifice, standing in grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, is a testament to Britain’s pride and self-confidence of the time.

Immerse yourself in the glamour, the emotion and the beauty of Downton Abbey as you follow in the footsteps of the Crawley family and their servants.

We are delighted to be able to offer you a private or public tour where you can experience a guided tour of the beautiful State Rooms, Castle Bedrooms and Egyptian Exhibition.

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This beautiful, well-preserved 13th century manor house is situated on the banks of the River Windrush and was featured in the fourth Downton Abbey series. Beginning with the fifth series, the farm became home to the secret love child of Lady Edith. In the sixth series, Mr. Mason moved in with the aid of Daisy. Enjoy a tea/coffee break on your arrival at the farm’s refurbished rustic Cow Shed Café and then take a tour and learn of the encounters between the tenant farmers and the landowners, featured in the TV series. Experience a private tour of the grounds featured within Downton Abbey by the Director of Cogges Heritage Trust, who was present throughout the filming of Downton Abbey. You will be able to experience how this magnificent manor house was transformed into the ‘Yew Tree Fam Manor’ featured in the series.

Your next destination is Bampton, where many of the locations of Downton Village can be found. Here your guide will take you to some of the most iconic places from the show. You will see St. Mary’s Church, the setting for many christenings, funerals, weddings, and not to forget the jilting of Lady Edith at the altar. You’ll also be brought to Churchgate House, recognisable as the residence of Isobel and Matthew Crawley.

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J Cunningham

Thank you for your wonderful service in arranging the dinner cruise to the Waterside Inn and the Midsomer Murder tour. We thoroughly loved the boat ride and the food at the restaurant was out-of-this-world. The tour was perfect, our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We will highly recommend you to anyone travelling to the area.

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