The post-Edwardian TV drama Downton Abbey may have ended, but fans of the affluent Crawley family and their servants can still get their aristocratic fix with a tour of the key filming locations in London and the Cotswolds. Here are your options.
Cotswolds Filming Site Tours
Follow the lead of Downton's lords and ladies, and head to the limestone hills of the Cotswolds where much of the period drama's action was filmed. Most tours visit Bampton in Oxfordshire, the real-life location of Downton Village, and the country inns of Shilton and Swinbrook. Cogges' Yew Tree Farm and Greys Court, featured as Downton Place, are also included in most itineraries.
Highclere Castle Tours
The real-life Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is a handsome country estate owned by the family of the Earl of Carnarvon. Tours showcase the upstairs rooms and allow you to walk in the footsteps of the Dowager Countess and the rest of the Granthams.
London Filming Sites
There’s more to Downton drama than Highclere Castle, and a tour of central London filming locations puts the spotlight on the TV series' urban scenes. Most sightseeing experiences focus on Mayfair, Belgravia, and Westminster, where the Ritz London, Belgrave Square, and Bridgewater House all starred as sets.
If you want to make the most of your time and see more of England, combine a Downton Abbey tour with a visit elsewhere, both in the same day. Nearby popular destinations include the university city of Oxford and Blenheim Palace—both sites resonate with history that dates back to the Downton days.