Downton Abbey Cruises - and an ‘Insider Experience’

We are delighted to announce that once again we are offering a number of Downton Abbey cruises along the Royal River Thames aboard Magna Carta, with a tour of Highclere Castle, the real-life setting for the much-loved period TV drama.

The Downton Abbey cruises have proven very popular in the past and it’s sure to be the case again next year with initial departure dates scheduled for – May 3, 24; July 12; August 2, 9 & 16 – further dates TBA

We introduced the tour of Highclere Castle during the Magna Carta cruise back in 2013. Even though the TV series has now ended, Downton Abbey enthusiasts are still excited about walking in the footsteps of the talented actors and actresses who made it such a captivating drama.

The hugely impressive Victorian castle sits on an expansive 1,000 acre estate surrounded by gardens and is the iconic home to the fictional Crawley family on the show. The “real” Downton Abbey has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679, where Lord and Lady Carnarvon still live today.

The itinerary aboard Magna Carta also includes tours of other riverside landmarks that have featured in TV and films, such as Cliveden (‘Scandal’), as well as Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.

And as usual with our cruises along the Thames, there will also be one of our most fascinating ‘Insider Experiences’ – a private tour of Peter Freebody’s 300-year-old boatyard, where your clients can meet the current generation of craftsmen who build and restore traditional River Thames boats.

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