Come and visit the famous out door scenes on our Cotswold and Downton Abbey Tour (duration 7 to 9 hours). We have all seen bits of the classic Downton Abbey – maybe like me some of you have watched it all ?! – but here is an opportunity to go and visit the now famous village of Bampton where they filmed much of the outdoor scenes of Downton Abbey!
Churchgate house a few metres from the Church was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar school served as the Downton Cottage Hospital.
If you look in front of Mrs Crawley’s house (left) you can see the green where many a conversation took place and also the sight of the War Memorial, organised by Lord Grantham and Carson!
Visit St Mary’s Church, scene of weddings, funerals, christenings and even the jilting at the altar to poor Lady Edith
Finally Church view in Bampton was home to the Grantham Arms and the Dog and Duck, and also the site of the Downton Fair
Our Cotswold and Downton Abbey tour is specially designed to give you the best of both worlds – Cotswold villages and also outside scenes for Downton Abbey. We will also visit one of Englands prettiest villages – Castle Combe, – Bibury, the lovely Market town of Tebury and one of my favourite Cotswold towns, Burford.
One of our destinations for lunch is the Swan at Swinbrook, recently visited by our very own Prime Minister David Cameron, a beautiful setting by the river Windrush and lovely spot to have some great food! Its also famous for the Downton Abbey scene where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed whilst planning their elopement, a controversial storyline in series 2!
In addition to this tour, we could cut a few corners and also include a visit to Highclere Castle in the afternoon? The pre- booked tickets are already sold for this year but I have been told by the Highclere management that we can still get in if we turn up on the day – preferably in the afternoon.
So we could still get a good visit to the Cotswolds, Bampton and surrounding villages where they filmed the outdoor scenes to Downton Abbey, then go onto Highclere Castle which is about a 45 minute drive. Please look at their website – http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk