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Bampton Village: A Beautiful Downton Abbey Location

Downton Abbey locations in Bampton Village: pretty!

Though best known for the iconic mansion setting of Highclere Castle, this Downton Abbey location doesn’t fall far from the charm of the main house. Walking through the streets of Bampton Village really feels like stepping into another time. The villagers take pride in their status as a filming location and are more than happy to share their stories of what they’ve seen on set.

Downton Abbey locations in Bampton Village: pretty!

This must be one of those silly soap operas…

When we both moved to Cardiff, Wales in the autumn of 2013, we decided to pick up some “really British habits”. Aside from drinking more tea, trying to get the hang of scones and completely falling in love with Welsh cakes, we also picked up the first season of Downton Abbey from the local HMV.

Downton Abbey Filming Location: Bampton Village

As anyone who has any idea of what the show is like might well guess, we were completely hooked and obsessed after just the first episode. Nope, this was not a soap opera. This was something completely different. A brilliantly written, beautifully shot, amazing show full of complex, lovable characters.

Downton Abbey Location: Bampton Village

We got absolutely obsessed; there was no going back. We watched the first season within the first two days and went back for more. We laughed, we cried, we loved every single actor on the show and by that time, it was clear that we needed to visit every Downton Abbey location possible.

Downton Abbey's Matthew in front of his mother's house in Bampton

Discovering our first Downton Abbey location…

Now, these days it’s pretty easy to discover the filming locations of any popular TV show or movie. The internet is your friend – just google the show’s name and add “filming locations” at the end of it, and you’ll have a really good chance in finding out where to go. That is what we did.

Downton Abbey filming location: Bampton Village, UK

A mere hour and 40 minutes from London, this place is definitely a must-visit for any Downton Abbey fan.

The location of Bampton Village, a Downton Abbey locationBampton Village on Google maps

We did that too, and the rest of history. Some months later we were standing in the middle of Bampton Village full of fangirl happiness and excitement.

Visiting Bampton Village

Once you get there, you’ll soon realise it’s a pretty small village, which means the community is quite tight too. But everyone we’ve met during our two visits have been super friendly and absolutely welcoming.

Start off at St Mary’s Church and make sure to visit Bampton library which houses a photo exhibition of Downton Abbey filming. There’s also a small shop where you can buy Downton Abbey postcards and other art. They also sell (for a very reasonable fee) a map displaying all the spots throughout the village that have featured in the series.

Useful links

Bampton Official Website

Bampton village on Google Maps

Bampton on Wikipedia

Tiia / Fangirl Quest
Tiia / Fangirl Quest
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