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Operator looks forward to Downton Abbey return

8th September 2011


Grand UK Holidays anticipates a surge of interest in its ‘Lark Rise to Downton Abbey’ escorted tour when Downton Abbey returns to our screens this month.

The second series of the hugely successful ITV costume drama starts on 18th September, chronicling the characters during World War One.


Over-55s specialist Grand UK expects the series to boost interest in its new ‘Lark Rise to Downton Abbey’ tour, which has already proved a hit this summer.

The five-day coach touring holiday takes customers to visit Highclere Castle, the stunning backdrop to Downton Abbey. 

There is also a trip to Chavenage House, portrayed as Candleford House in the TV drama Lark Rise to Candleford. 

The holiday features an excursion to picturesque Lacock, which has been widely used in period dramas, from Cranford to Pride and Prejudice.

Also on the itinerary is Oxford, itself the backdrop to many popular TV dramas including Inspector Morse.


Sales director Harold Burke said: “Downton Abbey was a TV blockbuster last year, regularly attracting more than 10 million viewers – and our holiday has also been a hit this year.

“We were delighted to find out when the second series was starting as it will increase interest in our own holiday to the site of the show.

“We also feature other escorted tours to the sites of popular TV shows, and these are always popular with the mature market.”


The five-day escorted holiday costs from £299 per person including coach travel, half-board accommodation and excursions.


For bookings, call 01603 619933 or see



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