Experience the lives of the Crawley family on our popular short break coach holiday to Downton Abbey, otherwise known as Highclere Castle. With its wonderful Victorian architecture and stunning location in the Hampshire countryside, Highclere Castle remains one of Britain's most impressive inhabited castles. Our great value short break enables you to enjoy this truly fantastic setting in over 1,000 acres of grounds and to take time to explore the setting of the hugely popular drama series Downton Abbey. With your included entry ticket you can walk in the footsteps of the Crawley family, explore the luxurious interiors which have been sumptuously decorated in a variety of period styles and its magnificent gardens where the aristocratic family and their servants' lives unfold to over nine million viewers each week. Your ticket also includes entry to the sumptuous gardens and a fascinating Egyptian Exhibition displayed in the cellar of the castle itself.
On day one, we visit historic Oxford, famed for its beautiful architecture and prestigious university, where you will have time at leisure for sightseeing, shopping and relaxation. Enjoy a walk or punt along the river, explore some of the 38 colleges or the locations where Harry Potter was filmed.
We also include a visit to Bampton. This pretty village might be familiar to you as it doubles as the fictional town of Downton. Highlights include Churchgate House (the Crawley family home), Downton hospital and the church used for St Michael and All Angels.
Day 1 - Oxford. Journey by coach to the historic city of Oxford. Early evening we depart and journey to our hotel.
Day 2 - Bampton/Highclere Castle. After breakfast we begin our Downton day at Bampton before continuing to Highclere Castle. Late afternoon departure for the journey home.
You will stay for one night at the three-star Holiday Inn Express Oxford Kassam Stadium, or similar, within easy coaching distance of all the excursions of the tour. All hotels used have en-suite bedrooms as well as a bar and restaurant where breakfast will be included.
With more than 180 convenient local joining points, travelling by coach couldn't be simpler.
All our tour coaches offer comfortable reclining seats, drinks facilities, dvd entertainment system and on-board toilet as a minimum. As we whisk you away to your chosen city break, themed or event tour, you can relax knowing you won't have to do any of the driving and your coach will be available for all the included transfers throughout your holiday, enabling you to make the most of the few days away.