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Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle...from £319pp

Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle...from £319pp

Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th August - Visit Highclere Castle, the location of the popular TV series Downton Abbey, including the house, gardens and Egyptology exhibition with free time in Bampton

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Highclere Castle,

Highclere Castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. Built on an ancient site, the original house was recorded in the Domesday Book. The present day Castle was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect also responsible for building the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

 

The Castle’s history also includes a fascinating connection with ancient Egypt, as the 5th Earl, with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. The Castle now houses an exhibition that commemorates this historic event, including some rare antiquities from the 5th Earl's earlier Egyptian excavations.

 

In more recent history, Highclere Castle has become the location of Downton Abbey. The hugely successful drama series has over 11 million viewers in the UK and is now shown in over 100 countries around the world. From the pen of Oscar-winning ('Gosford Park') screenwriter Lord Fellowes, it has an all-star cast led by Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton and many other leading actors and actresses.

 

Also on this 3 day break included is tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery and free time at Clarks Village or Wells.

 

Blunsdon House Hotel****

The Blundsdon House Hotel is a favourite of Tally Ho and is set in 30 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside near swindon, overlooking the Vale of Crickdale with views of the Cotswolds.   You'll be surrounded by picture postcard villages and ancient landmarks, and has been owned and run by the Clifford family for over 50 years.

 

Your short break includes:

 

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & full English breakfast

  • Visit to Bampton & entrance to Highclere Castle

  • Tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

  • Time in Wells or Clarks Village

  • Use of hotel leisure facilities including indoor heated swimming pool

  • Coach travel by Tally Ho

  • Accompanied by our tour manager

 

Price £319 per person sharing a twin/double room.   Single supplement £55.

 

Sunday 9th August

Leaving Devon we travel to our hotel near Swindon, on route you will have the choice to stop at either Wells or Clarks Village for free time before we continue to The Blunsdon House Hotel in time for dinner.

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Monday 10th August

This morning we visit the picturesque village of Bampton where most of the outdoor scenes for 'Downton Abbey' wer filmed, including St Mary's Church, the village pub and Matthew Crawley's house. We then travel onto Highclere Castle, the real 'Downton Abbey', and home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The current design of Highclere was completed in 1938, when the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon brought in Sir Charles Barry to transform his classical Georgian mansion into a grand mansion that would impress the world. We take a self-guided one-hour tour of the public rooms, including the state rooms and bedrooms where scenes for the show are filmed. You can also explore the 'Egyptian Exhibition', located throughout the cellars, celebrating the 5th Earl of Carnarvon's discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

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Tuesday 11th August

After a full English breakfast we return home to Devon via Laverstock Mill to enjoy a tour of the famous Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, which was a paper Mill for 300 years with over 1000 years of history. Renovating Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has taken the upmost care to preseve the natural ecology and heritage of the site. The award-winning sustainability measures in design and construction are at the heart of this state-of-the-art distillery. PLEASE NOTE: This is a working distillery so guests must wear suitable footwear. Guests wearing open toed shoes or high heels will not be able to enter the Still House.

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D=Dinner, FE=Full English Breakfast

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Brixham Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church
Buckfastleigh Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
Dartmouth Dartmouth Marks & Spencer
Exeter Exeter Motorway Services
Ivybridge Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage
Kingsbridge Quay Kingsbridge Quay
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot opp Railway Station
Others Other pick up points are available
Paignton Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library
Plympton Plympton St Marys opp Church
Plymstock Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel
Torquay Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre
Totnes 7 Stars 2 Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons
Totnes KEVICC Totnes KEVICC
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