Downton Abbey & The Cotswolds

Staying at the Mercure Newbury West Grange Hotel

2 DAYS | 24th July 2022

Fascinated by TV’s ‘Downton Abbey’? Then jump aboard for our short break to discover the real life locations and world of the Crawley Family! We venture to Bampton in the Cotswolds 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.

Our home will be the Mercure Newbury West Grange Hotel; a friendly and ideally located hotel it is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and has a picturesque courtyard hidden at its centre. The hotel has a lift which provides easy access to all floors and a contemporary bar and restaurant. All bedrooms include an en-suite bathroom, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.

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 for dinner and an evening for you to spend at leisure.

The highlight of our tour, today 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. A display well worth seeing. Mid-afternoon we head for home making a comfort stop en-route. We aim to arrive back in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast; entrance to Highclere Castle and Gardens and Cogges Farm with guided tour

£192.00 per person sharing twin/double
£20.00 single room supplement
£22.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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