Downton Abbey in Oxfordshire
The Oxfordshire Cotswolds and its picturesque villages frequently appeared in the popular TV drama Downton Abbey. Visit the filming locations across Oxford; see the home of the Crowley’s and let your imagination bring you back into the early 1900s fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey.
The charming village of Bampton was used to film the village of ‘Downton’ and is therefore one of the most popular places to visit for Downton Abbey fans.
Fans should especially recognise the St. Mary the Virgin Church situated at the centre of an ancient parish, as this church was used in various occasions during the series. It was the place where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley and also the place where sweet baby Sibyls christening took place. Visitors can see backstage pictures from the filming, hanging on the entrance walls of the church. Opposite site the church you will find the Grantham Arm, which resembled the lodge where Branson stayed after he was dismissed from his chauffeur job.
When enjoying the view from the church you should be able to recognise the area as the entrance to ‘Downton Village’. A few metres away from the church is Churchgate House, a Grade II listed building, which resembled the outside of Isobel Crawley’s house in the TV drama.
Another recognisable venue in Bampton is the gate next to the town library, also known as the entrance to the cottage hospital of ‘Downton’.
Located in Rotherfield Greys you will find Greys Court, a magnificent Tudor House. This Manor House appeared in the series when the Crawley family visited the property, known to them as ‘Eryholme’.
The Old Forge was used as ‘The Red Lion’ public house in the village of Kirbymoorside, where Bates was found working as a barman.
The Swan Inn can be recognised as the place where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed before their attempt to elope to Gretna Green.