Christmas Time at Downton Abbey

Enjoy a truly unique opportunity to visit Highclere Castle, filming location of the much loved Downton Abbey TV series, which opens its doors exclusively for our customers on Monday 10th December. Home to the Carnarvon family since 1679, the current castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian castles and at this time of year will be seasonally festooned with garlands on the staircase and a 22ft tree in the Salon. Walk in the footsteps of your favourite characters and explore what it is like behind the scenes of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ at a magical time of year. We’ll also visit the award-winning Bath Christmas Market. Set against stunning backdrops such as Bath abbey, the market is the perfect way to take in the seasonal atmosphere. 

Travel Options

Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel
  • 1 night bed and breakfast at our selected hotel
  • Visit to Bath Christmas Market
  • Exclusive visit to Highclere Castle
  • En-route visit to Tetbury

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Selected Hotel

We’ll stay at a well-appointed hotel conveniently located for our break. The comfortable rooms are en suite and other facilities include a bar and restaurant.

Bath Christmas Market

We head to the picturesque city of Bath and its Christmas Market. Packed with high quality Christmas gifts, homewares, food and drink, jewellery and more, this market focuses on supporting local traders. Take the chance to start your Christmas shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere and the variety of offerings.  

Highclere Castle

After spending the night at our hotel, we head to the world-famous Highclere Castle, residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much loved Downton Abbey television series. Many of the rooms and vistas will be familiar to viewers of the TV series – both the Drawing Room and Dining Room forming the backdrop to the dryly withering put-downs delivered by Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Countess to some poor unfortunate relation. The Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the castle explores the achievements of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922 while outside, the distinctive gardens and spectacular parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown are a delight to explore. The castle also has a gift shop and tea room.


En-route on our way to Highclere Castle or on our way home, we’ll enjoy some time at leisure in Tetbury. A historic wool town in the picturesque Cotswolds, take in the town’s architectural gems like the many wool merchants’ houses which have largely remained unchanged since the 16th and 17th centuries. Admire the town’s seasonal decorations too.