Depart from London by coach around 8:30a.m., and travel to the historical city of Oxford, roughly 1.5 hours away. As you travel, hear about the world-famous University of Oxford whose ivy-strewn buildings you’ll visit during your comprehensive walking tour.
On arrival, follow your guide along the timeworn streets, and check off top sights like the Bridge of Sighs. Then enjoy free time to sightsee independently.
When the time comes, return to your coach and relax on the journey to Bampton village in Oxfordshire, which is featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village. Pass recognizable sights like the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wed and Grantham Arms. Go to the Bampton Community Archive, as well as a local exhibition about the village’s history.
Afterward, continue on south to Hampshire, where the grand Highclere Castle awaits. The estate, which dates back to the Victorian eta, is set amid 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of rolling parkland and was featured as Downton Abbey on the show. Tour the castle’s opulent rooms with your guide, and see the main hall and library — all used in the filming of Downton Abbey. Hear about your favorite Downton characters and the real-life family who owns Highclere.
Make the most of some free time before jumping back in your coach for the return drive to London.
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