Staying at The Hilton Hotel, Newbury
2 DAYS | 7th April 2017
Fascinated by TV’s ‘Downton Abbey’? Then why not join us on our short break and discover where it was filmed! We venture to Bampton in the Cotswolds the location of Downton Abbey and to the fabulous Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself, one of England’s most impressive inhabited residences. We follow in the footsteps of the show’s cast, explore the beautiful grounds and uncover the Castle’s fascinating history.
We will be staying in the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Newbury North; a modern hotel boasting a lounge/bar, restaurant offering traditional favourites. There is a health centre with indoor pool. All bedrooms have recently undergone a complete makeover and now have 32” LCD TVs, cosy Serenity beds, soft lighting and stylish furniture, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities.
We depart Macclesfield in the morning calling for coffee en-route to Cogges Manor Farm, a beautifully preserved collection of Cotswold stone farm buildings that have been used as locations in Downton Abbey. We get an insight into the filming with a guided tour, short film and a collection of filming photographs. There will be time for lunch before we continue on to Bampton, the village which was used for many of the outdoor locations of Downton Abbey. After a short stay we head to Newbury and our hotel. Dinner and evening at leisure.
Now for the highlight of our tour, we visit Downton Abbey, or rather Highclere Castle, to see where the star-studded cast acted out the fortunes of the fictional aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Wander the rooms as the knowledgeable guides reveal the house’s many treasures. You then have time to explore the vast grounds designed by Capability Brown. Highclere also boasts an Egyptian Exhibition, commemorating the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Well worth seeing and the entrance is payable to the exhibition on the day. Mid-afternoon we head for home making a comfort stop en-route. We aim to arrive back in the Macclesfield area early evening.
£142.00 per person sharing twin/double
£20.00 single room supplement
£15.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT