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Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

The Swan Inn at Swinbrook used for the filming of Branson and Lady Sybil's elopement in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey film locations

Locations within the Oxfordshire Cotswolds have featured prominently in the popular TV drama Downton Abbey, particularly Bampton, which doubles as the fictional village of Downton. There are a number of companies offering tours of the locations.

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Locations

Bampton

This charming village will seem oddly familiar to Downton Abbey fans, doubling as the fictional Yorkshire village of Downton, supposedly somewhere between Ripon and Thirsk!

Many scenes, including some of Downton Abbey's key events, have been filmed in and around the church in Bampton, the main location for filming. 

The set locations for Downton Abbey have become stars in their own right and are as much a character in the series as any of the actors.

[ * Please note that access to the Downton filming locations is not suitable for large vehicles and there is little parking. Please visit the Find Us page of the Bampton website for drop-off and parking information. * ]

As well as a variety of buildings that have been used as pubs, shops and the post office, the main film locations in Bampton are:

  • Churchgate House, the old Bampton rectory, used for the exterior shots of Isobel Crawley's house
  • The old Grammar School building, which now houses Bampton Community Archive, which served as ‘Downton’ hospital. The Archive has a selection of Downton Abbey memorabilia including cards, mugs, pictures and a town map
  • St Mary’s Church, renamed as St Michael and All Angels in Downton Abbey, has hosted a number of dramatic ‘Downton’ events including weddings, funerals, christenings and even a jilting at the altar!
  • Church View has appeared regularly throughout the series and is home to two fictional pubs - The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck - both featured in various episodes. It was also the site of Downton Fair.

Swinbrook

A beautiful village, two miles east of Burford.

  • The Swan Inn, an idyllic old Cotswold pub, is where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed whilst planning their elopement, a major storyline in series 2.

Cogges

Close to Witney, Cogges is an important heritage site with a 13th century manor house and historic farm buildings.

  • Used as Downton Abbey's Yew Tree Farm, host to farming scenes in series 4 and home of Mr Drewe, the tenant farmer. In series 5 the farm buildings, including interiors, featured regularly as it is here that Marigold, Lady Edith's illegitimate daughter, was being brought up
  • Cogges has a visual display showing the way that its buildings were transformed into 'Yew Tree Farm' for filming, a collection of photos taken during filming and some interesting Downton memorabilia, including Marigold's birth certificate!

Shilton

A picturesque village, two miles south of Burford, with a ford across the brook that runs through it.

  • The Old Forge, set beside Shill brook, was transformed into The Red Lion public house, where Mr Bates went to work after he left Downton Abbey in series 2. Across the brook is a pretty 18th century hump-backed bridge which also featured.

Tours

There are a number of companies offering 'Downton Abbey themed' tours to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. These include:

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