November 1st 2019

One Final Chance!

It has been several years since Downton Abbey's final television episode aired, capturing millions of devoted fans, but while it left our screens, it never left our hearts.

The movie version has rekindled our affection for the Crawley family and all things quintessentially English - so what else could we do, but bring back our much-loved Downton Abbey Walk, for one final time?

We have arranged it for a terrific late-summer, early-fall departure, when the countryside will be looking wonderful and the golden stone of Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey, will be positively glowing.

This is a steady Level 2 Walk in the lush Shire counties of middle-England, with so much to see and do.

Movie Downton Abbey - One final chance

Downton Abbey - we've missed you!

So hurrah for this year's triumphant return when

Downton Abbey: The Movie debuted on the big screen this fall.

So what's next? If you are a real Downton Abbey fan, why not visit the real life location of where the series was filmed?

We have brought back our popular Downton Abbey Walk in the heart of gracious England for one final encore in 2020.

The popular period drama is filmed at Hampshire's Highclere Castle. Set within 1000 acres of parkland, the castle and its grounds double as the Downton Abbey estate, home to the fictional Crawley family.

Imagine gliding down the grand oak staircase at Highclere like Lady Mary did on her wedding day, or take in the state dining room where many of the Dowager Countess' wonderfully acerbic lines were delivered by Dame Maggie Smith.

The home of the real-life Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the castle has a fascinating heritage.

But there's much more. Our Walk has a distinct "Upstairs, Downstairs" theme, from impossibly pretty Cotswolds villages, crammed with honey-colored thatched cottages, to the very stately home and elegant gardens of Bowood House.

Bampton village in Oxfordshire will seem oddly familiar to Downton fans, doubling as the fictional Yorkshire village of Downton, supposedly somewhere between Ripon and Thirsk!

Many scenes, including some of Downton Abbey's key events, have been filmed in and around the church in Bampton, the main location for filming.

Bampton church

And for more literary and dramatic links we visit beautiful Lacock, a village virtually unchanged for centuries and mostly owned by the National Trust. It featured in the BBC' s Cranford and Pride and Prejudice.

On the trail through the ancient Savernake Forest we'll be close to Wolf Hall, home of Jane Seymour, featured in Hilary Mantel' s eponymous bestselling novel.

And the stone circles at Avebury's UNESCO World Heritage Site are a wonderfully mystical reminder of the even older communities of this rich landscape.

Places are limited on this one-off Walk, so contact us now to secure your booking.

Fun Facts!

  • Isis the dog (who passed away in series 5) is actually Lord and Lady Carnarvon's real family pet.
  • The castle is a popular stopover for the Queen when she visits the nearby Newbury races.
  • Only the 'upstairs' scenes are filmed at Highclere. The servants' quarters are all filmed at a studio in Ealing.
  • Lord Julian Fellowes actually had Highclere Castle in mind when he wrote the first series.
  • Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson reportedly turned down the part of Lady Grantham.
  • Hollywood actor Harrison Ford once asked Julian Fellowes for a guest slot on the show. In the past George Clooney, Shirley MacLaine and Richard E. Grant have all made cameos.
  • It's not just Downton Abbey that's been filmed at Highclere Castle. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Eyes Wide Shut and The Secret Garden have all been shot there too!

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