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Highclere Castle Express from London

Greater London, United Kingdom
Highclere Castle Express from London

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Calling all fans of iconic British TV show, ‘Downtown Abbey’, this full-day tour takes you to Highclere Castle—the grand abbey home to the fictional Grantham family. Alongside your guide, explore the manicured gardens surrounded Highclere Castle before discovering the opulent interior of the stately home. Visit the lavish dining room, drawing room, and library, and recognize filming locations from the series. Entrance fees and round-trip transport from a central London location are included.  
  • Ideal for fans of the hit British drama, 'Downtown Abbey'
  • Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding Highclere Castle
  • Tour the castle's opulent interior and visit 'Downtown Abbey' filming locations with a guide
  • Entrance fees and round-trip transport from London are included
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Round trip transport by executive vehicle
Entry to Highclere Castle
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
This service includes transfers & entry ticket to Highclere Castle. This service is not guided.

Departure Point

Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, London W1H 7DL, UK

Departure Time

11:15 AM

Return Details

London SW1W 0AH, UK
 Your coach departs from outside of the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch. Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 10 minutes before the coach is due to leave.

During the journey, your guide regales you with stories and gossip relating to the hit British period drama, 'Downtown Abbey,' and details the various uses of Highclere Castle throughout history.

On arrival at the grand residence, you’ll begin your tour by exploring the beautiful castle grounds, which play host to the Monk’s Garden, the Wood of Goodwill, and the White Border. Then, head inside the castle to admire the opulent décor of the State Rooms: the dining room, smoking room, music room, and drawing room are all covered.

Your guide points out rooms used to film episodes of 'Downtown Abbey,' and refers to precise scenes during which drama unfolded. Before returning to London, you’ll have time to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea (own expense).

The tour concludes with drop-off at Victoria Coach Station.
Stop At:  
Highclere Castle
Depart London and drive away from the city towards the South West of England, a journey that takes approximately 90 minutes from London. On arrival at Highclere Castle there will be time to enjoy the beautiful gardens; The Monk’s Garden, White Border, Secret Garden and Wood of Goodwill. There will be time for lunch, or a snack in the Tearooms where you can enjoy light lunches or afternoon teas made in the Castle kitchens, (please note that food and drink are not included) before entering Highclere Castle for an afternoon visit. You will have approximately 4 hours at the Castle. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679. Major rebuilding work was carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in 1838, the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon brought in Sir Charles Barry to transform his home into a truly stunning mansion. During the First World War the Castle was transformed into a hospital, returning to a private home in 1922. To this day the current (8th) Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live partly in the Castle and partly nearby, but remain closely involved in the Castle's day to day life and future. On entry to Highclere Castle visitors follow a route through the Castle through with guides in each State room. The State rooms include the Saloon, Library, Dining room, Music room, Drawing room and Smoking room. Visitors can then go up the Red Stairs to view some of the Bedrooms and the Gallery, before walking down the Oak staircase back to the Saloon in the heart of the house. Many of the rooms from the series can be seen on the tour including the Parlour where the Crawleys take tea, the bedrooms and of course the Dining room (scene of many family arguments!). Return to London, the coach will drop off at Victoria coach and train station, which has excellent links for forward travel throughout London and beyond. You will arrive back in central London by appropriately 4.30pm, depending on traffic conditions.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note: this trip is not accompanied by a professional guide. On entry to Highclere Castle there are staff available in selected rooms to answer questions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY International Friends

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Highclere Castle Express from London?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Highclere Castle Express from London?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Highclere Castle Express from London?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Highclere Castle Express from London?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Highclere Castle Express from London?
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Tour Ticket issuer couldn’t be bovvered
, Aug 2019
The bus was a little late but to be expected due to London traffic. Once it arrived, it was very clean and comfortable on both the drive there and back. Once we arrived, I think Ashely stated she would meet us under a tree to give us tickets. There was a group of about 15 that could not find anyone. They had left before we made it to that tree. The ticket issuer (a girl under 20 years old) ran halfway across the property to get our tickets. Question, if you get 65 tickets and you have 18 tickets left to give...did you leave them behind before moving on? Who does that?
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Driver was 30 minutes late
, Aug 2019
Driver was late so we had less time at the castle. There was no one waiting at the pick up with a sign like it was stated in the ad. The driver did not give any instructions or information about the tour or drop off location.
Downton Abbey
, Aug 2019
Loved seeing the fully furnished rooms and the docents were a wealth of info. The chicken with mushroom gravy in the tearoom was hot & delicious. The Egyptian exhibit in the cellar relates to the Lord of the castle that discovered tutankamens tomb. Catch the talk at the seaman’s statue. Would have been nice if the bus driver would have put a DVD about the castle.
Well done
, Jul 2019
Expected a big bus. Got a small congenial group and an excellent driver/guide. the castle was well run and not too crowded to be able to move and see things. I was glad they did not sell so many tickets that a line was created on the hottest day of the year. We got right in. I did not need nearly as much time as the others in my group but I never walk slowly lest my back begin to ache. If I were to go again i would get myself there ad go when I am done. I did not tour the grounds because it was well over 90 degrees F that day and I would not have enjoyed it.
An emotional experience
, Jul 2019
If you are a fan of the Downton Abbey series, you´ll really enjoy visiting HIghclere Castle and feeling the atmosphere where the series was filmed. Being there is totally different from being in any other Castle. It was definitely worth out while.
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Highclere Castle
, Jul 2019
This tour was vey nice. Our driver was friendly. The whole experience was wonderful. I would recommend this tour to anyone that has see Downton Abbey.
This was an excellent tour with a...
Marcus J
, Aug 2016
This was an excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide who provided additional information in addition to the tour itself.
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