WVIA Travel Club
Tour To The Abbey
Live the Fantasy...
Join WVIA Public Media and Sterling Silver Tours for a trip sure to delight Downton Abbey fans. The journey, which takes place between August 10-16, 2015, gives Downton devotees an exciting opportunity to experience the PBS hit in a whole new way while also enjoying popular London sightseeing and culture.
A three-hour motor coach tour providing an overview of the city. Take in London's most famous sights; including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, the London Dungeon, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. This jaunt will give you the opportunity to decide which places you want to return to during your free time.
A day trip to Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the primary filming location for the series' "Upstairs" scenes. Take a self-guided tour of the country estate, chat up docents, stroll the gardens and woods, treat yourself to lunch in one of the castle's casual tea rooms and bring home mementos from the gift shop. The castle also includes an optional Egyptian exhibition.
A post-Highclere jaunt to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to see the small quaint village that serves as another filming location. The visit includes behind-the-scenes anecdotes from a local resident.
A private walking tour of the sprawling costume warehouse that has supplied garb for Downton Abbey clothing designers and numerous other high-profile stage and screen productions. The excursion includes a chance to watch costumers at work on bespoke garments for various shows and highly entertaining behind-the-scenes secrets of dressing stars.
A breezy discussion with one of the UK's top etiquette consultants that will make you posh enough to rub elbows with the Crowleys. Well, maybe that's a stretch but you'll never hold a teacup the same way again.
An exclusive audience with author and speaker Jessica Fellowes, who wrote three companion books about the show, the latest release is "A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey". Ms. Fellowes is also the niece of Julian Fellowes, who created and writes the series. The lighthearted talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
An optional opportunity to experience a vital part of London's culture with a trip to the theater. Take in a stage show in the bustling West End.
Sample hearty snacks from the Downton era with a food historian. Even fastidious Mrs. Patmore would approve.
A rare chance to go beyond the guards at Buckingham Palace where Lady Rose had her "coming out." The palace is only open a few weeks each year. Go at your own pace with an audio tour as you stroll through the art galleries and staterooms, and get insight into the lives of the royals.
A traditional afternoon tea at Byfleet Manor in Surrey. The private residence doubles as the Dowager Countess' home on the PBS hit, so make sure to bring some one-liners.
*DISCLAIMER: Sterling Silver Tours is not an official ‘Downton Abbey’ event and is not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly by Carnival Films, NBC Universal or Julian Fellowes and his representatives.