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The pretty Cotswold village of Bampton was made famous as the setting for the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. Though Highclere Castle in Hampshire was used for the exterior shots of the Abbey, Bampton was used for filming many of the outdoor scenes and fans of the drama can visit the locations featured in the show.
Downton fans will recognise St Mary’s Church, renamed as St Michael and All Angels in the show, as one of the key locations for many big scenes. Churchgate House, the old Bampton rectory, as the house of character Isobel Crawley and the Old Grammar School building which was ‘Downton Hospital’ in the TV series and is now home to Bampton Community Archive. The Archive is well worth a visit and offers a range of Downton memorabilia including cards, mugs, pictures and a town map to help you find you way around.
Bampton isn’t just for Downton fans, it offers up all of the charm you would expect from a Cotswold village and being just a 30 minute drive, or short bus journey, from Oxford it is a great location for day out. Throughout the year there are typical rural pastimes taking place, including Morris Dancing, Flower Festivals and the Great Original Shirt Race which sees villagers race through the Bampton in fancy dress.
To find out more about the village of Bampton and Downton tours visit OxfordshireCotswolds.org
We have a number of properties in West Oxford, perfectly positioned for day trips to Bampton and other Cotswold villages including a stylish two bed, first floor apartment, a beautifully presented two bed, first floor apartment with off road parking or a handsome two bed, first floor apartment located to the west of Oxford city.
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