Downton Abbey & Oxford

Thistle Express Swindon

Departure Date:

No. of Days:

2 days

£109.00 pp

Experience the magic of Downton Abbey

Join us on this great little break to visit the towering spires of Oxford along with the home of the award-winning TV series (and now film!) Downton Abbey. The trip includes comfortable overnight accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, coach travel throughout and entrance to Highclere Castle, more popularly known as Downton Abbey.


Thistle Express Swindon

This comfortable budget hotel is set in the heart of Swindon and offers guests a casual bar and lounge area along with well equipped modern bedrooms.

Day 1

After joining our coach from one of our convenient local pick-up points, we make our way to the historic university city of Oxford. We expect to arrive around lunchtime and you have the afternoon to explore Oxford at leisure. Then rejoin the coach for the transfer to our hotel for the night, which is conveniently located in the heart of Swindon and so offers a wide choice of bars and restaurants for dinner.

Day 2

After a good night's sleep and a tasty breakfast, we check out of our hotel and head for stunning Highclere Castle. Enjoy ample time to roam the grounds and explore this iconic building before reboarding your coach in the early afternoon for your journey back home to Wales.

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle – or Downton Abbey as so many of us know it - has a rich, multifaceted heritage dating back to 749AD and the construction of a beautiful medieval palace and gardens on the park. Since then the palace has been rebuilt as Highclere Place House (1679) and then Highclere Castle in 1842 after ‘Capability’ Brown had re-designed the grounds, water and symmetrical Georgian house at Highclere for the 1st Earl of Carnarvon. Highclere also has a rich history of modern flight with Sir Geoffrey De Havilland making his first flight on the Highclere Estate in 1910 and, of course, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon was made famous by his discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb with trusted colleague and friend Howard Carter. The Castle has also been a wartime hospital and home for evacuees as well as the modern-day setting for one of TV’s most-loved series (and soon to be film…), Downton Abbey


One of our most famous historic cities, take time to discover the history and heritage of Oxford, home to 1,500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history from the 11th century onwards. The centre looks like an enchanted fairytale city – making Oxford is a firm favourite of filmmakers from all over the world, from Harry Potter to Inspector Morse along with having inspired countless famous writers over the centuries. Oxford is flat and compact, with many of its major attractions, such as the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges; Bodleian Library, the museums, and Oxford Castle Unlocked right in the centre – perfect to explore on foot. Just a little out of the centre, you can find large green spaces like Christ Church Meadows, University Parks, the riverbanks and Port Meadow.

  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • 1 night bed & breakfast
  • Excursion to Oxford
  • Entrance into Highclere Castle

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff West
  • Llanelli
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Swansea Central

Don't see your pickup? Don't worry, we have a great fixed rate transfer with Premier Taxi's . Check out the details here.

Find out more about our pickups on our pickup list page here.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.


Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.


Highclere Castle - Admission included

£30 Single room supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.

Other Dates

Departure Date: Sunday 04 Aug 2019
Duration: 2 Days

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