Downton Abbey London Filming Locations: Private Half-Day Tour | La Vacanza Travel

Downton Abbey London Filming Locations: Private Half-Day Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 3 hours
  • London
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Yorkshire may have been the setting for the earlier episodes, but London started to hog the limelight as the show clocked its later innings. Remember Lady Edith’s risqué romance with that old smooth-talking magazine editor Michael Gregson?

Flashback to the popular scenes set at the city’s iconic landmarks. Play guessing games to jog your memory. Buckingham Palace, Lancaster House, Bridgewater House, Belgrave Square, Criterion Restaurant, Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park, Albert Memorial, Astor House, St. Pancras Station, and these are just for starters. How many could you count?

Be bowled over by a few secret locations, including Lord Grantham’s London stately home. Our accredited Private Driver Guide happens to be a Downton Abbey fanatic. Brace for non-stop peppy conversation, not crisp commentary.

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Stop At: London, London, England

Accredited London Private Driver Guide (who is also a Downton Abbey fanatic) will provide you with a panoramic sightseeing trip with a running commentary – punctuated by stops for stand up presentations at London’s Downton Abbey movie site locations. Downton Abbey fans will know that the early series of the drama was mostly set in Yorkshire, with a Christmas Special set in Scotland – but in later series London became a real star of the show!

London really started to hog the limelight once Lady Edith’s risqué romance with that old smooth-talking magazine editor Michael Gregson got going. Inevitably we shall also get to view and stop at MANY of London’s iconic landmarks plus a few secret ones (including Lord Grantham’s London stately home):

Buckingham Palace + Houses of Parliament + Big Ben + Palace of Westminster + Parliament Square + St James’s Palace + Lancaster House + Bridgewater House + St. James’s Square + Spencer House + Green Park + The Mall + Admiralty Arch + Belgrave Square + Downing Street + Caxton Hall + Criterion Restaurant + Ritz Hotel + Saville Club + Trafalgar Square + Piccadilly Circus + Marble Arch + Park Lane + Hyde Park + Royal Albert Hall + Kensington Palace + Astor House + Temple Place + Lincoln’s Inn Fields + Hoxton Hall + Chepstow Villas + St. Pancras Station.
We shall also walk in the footprints of those stars of the series (many of whom hail from the London area):

Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham) is from Blackheath
Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) from Romford)
Maggie Smith (Violet Crawley, the Dowager) from Ilford
Dan Stevens (Mathew Crawley) from Croydon (which is not far from Crawley!)
Lilly James (Lady Rose) from Esher
Jessica Brown-Findlay (Lady Sybil Crawley) from Cookham
Samantha Bond (Lady Rosamond Painswick nee Crawley)
David Robb (Dr. Clarkson) the Scotsman, also hails from London, although he grew up in Edinburgh.

Final set-down point for this tour can be any preferred Central London location of choice – so let us know if you would like our Concierge Team to make an Afternoon Tea reservation for you! Please contact us separately should you be interested in a bespoke ‘Downton Abbey in the English Countryside’ experience – which includes Highclere Castle + Bampton Village + Enchanted Manor House at Basildon Park (scene of Lady Rose’s wedding).

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Host for the Grand Balls enjoyed by Lord Grantham’s daughters.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Lancaster House, Stable Yard, London SW1A 1BB England

Stately Home used by the award-winning movie drama series for the interior shots at Buckingham Palace - this one holds a secret that Downton Abbey fans will love!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. James's, St. James's, London, England

London neighbourhood of the Grantham Family and their Stately Home.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HS England

An amusing Downton Abbey ‘blooper’ happened here!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HR, UK

Criterion Restaurant is where Edith had her clandestine dinner dates with Michael.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Notting Hill, Notting Hill, London, England

This swish neighbourhood was home to Michael Gregson - the employer and lover of Lady Edith Crawley.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH England

Filming location in this Royal Park.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kensington Gardens, The Magazine Storeyard Magazine Gate, London W2 UH England

Scene for the family picnic and location where Lady Mary broke up with Lord Gillingham.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Albert Memorial, Princes Gate Kensington Gore, London W8 England

‘You will know it when you see it’ was advice given to the staff unsure of where to find the location for their picnic.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA England

Lord Grantham would have spent many afternoons in the House of Lords - and possibly falling asleep in those soft padded seats!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Statue of George V, Abingdon St, London England

The British monarch in Edwardian London looks over to where his Government declared war on Germany in 1914.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD England

Centre of power in Edwardian times.

Pass By: Downing Street, London SW1A 2AL England

London Residence of the British Prime Minister.

Pass By: Thames River, London England

The lifeblood of the City of London.

Stop At: Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD England

Location for the celebrity wedding between Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP England

London’s largest public square was popular scenery with the Downton Abbey movie-makers.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Pancras International Station, St. Pancras Station Euston Road, London N1C 4QP England

Railway terminus where Lady Edith was reunited with her editor and love interest Michael Gregson.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Mayfair, London England

Elegant neighbourhood and playground for Edwardian aristocratic society - which has the most expensive real estate in London.

Stop At: Savile Row, London England

Beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Mayfair - which doubled-up as the Jazz Club where Lady Rose first flirted with Jazz Singer Jack Ross at the Lotus Club.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Belgrave Square, London SW1X England

Residence of Rosamund Painswick in the movie.

Pass By: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN England

World class Art Gallery - where Lady Grantham meets with Simon Bricker.

Stop At: Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, England

Vibrant neighbourhood which includes the restaurant where Edith went to meet Michael to consider writing for his magazine.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Soho, London England

London’s night life district which featured the Blue Dragon Jazz Club in the drama.

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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • COVID-19 Special Measures. The health and safety of our guests is always our top priority here at BCHT. We are putting in place some extra special measures for all future tour activities: All our vehicles will be sanitised with disinfectant cleaning by their owner drivers immediately after each service. Presentation stops will be conducted in quiet open air locations – away from crowded hotspots. Driver Guide hosts shall wash and sanitise their hands on a frequent basis throughout each service. Hand sanitiser will be available to all of our guests at all times while on tour. Standard measures which enhance your protection: The transparent partition screen provides a unique private passenger compartment for the passengers. A safe distance exists between guests and their Driver Guide hosts – exceeding the current minimum 2 metres set by government guidelines. The passenger compartment has a separately controlled air-conditioning system.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Embankment, London WC2N 6NS, UK
Traveler pickup is offered
We offer hotel pick up from any Central London location within a 5 km radius.

If your hotel is outside this area, the recommended meeting point where we will pick you up is Embankment Tube Station.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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User's Reviews


20 Mar, 2022

We had a great morning with our guide William. He is obviously an expert on the city. I loved all his info on filming locations for downton abbey and other things. We had a gorgeous day and I would absolutely do this tour again.

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