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Small Group Day Trip from London: Downton Abbey, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace

IFDOWNTON Blenheim Lake Palace view

Visit the sites associated with Downton Abbey, enjoy lunch in the beautiful Cotswolds and end the day with a tour of the home of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace.

  • IFDOWNTON Blenheim Lake Palace view
  • IFSPIRES Cotswolds village
  • IFDOWNTON Shilton
  • IFLACOCK Minicoach small roads
  • Minicoach cotswolds
  • IFDOWNTON Bampton St.Mars Church
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  • 07:10-07:50 Pick-up and Tour Departure
  • Depart London to explore Oxfordshire, Cotswolds and Downton Abbey filming sites
    Minicoach side view copy Depart London and drive away from the city to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire Cotswolds to see key filming sites of Downton Abbey.
  • Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
    Your first stop is a visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges), which first appeared in series 4 with Mr. Drewe as the tenant farmer. In series 5 the farm appears regularly as Mr & Mrs Drewe secretly raise Lady Edith's love child.
  • Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
    IFDOWNTON Shilton You will also learn of the developing storyline between Charles Blake, the dashing government adviser sent in to advise Downton and surrounding estates on how to survive changing times, and Lady Mary, now entrusted with the running of the estate following Matthew's death.
  • Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
    After a tea/coffee break in the delightfully rustic and refurbished cow shed Cafe at Cogges, get the chance to explore the great house and historic farm buildings at Cogges, filled with the sound of animals and surrounded by orchards and ancient 'ridge and furrow' fields.
  • Private tour of Yew Tree Farm Manor House before it opens to the public!
    Learn of the relationship between land owners and tenant farmers and the workload that shifts and changes within the yearly cycle. Hear stories and see the sights of Downton Abbey filming at Yew Tree Farm. Take a private tour of Yew Tree Farm Manor House (Cogges Manor) before it opens to the public!
  • See Bampton, a beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds village
    IFSPIRES Cotswolds village The village of Bampton has been used extensively in all series for Downton Village filming. Bampton Library was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors surgery; St.Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Church Square; Churchgate House was used as the exterior shots of the Crawley family home.
  • Bampton
    IFDOWNTON Shilton Whilst in Bampton, you will walk along the street which has been used for shops, the post office and the Grantham Arms.
 The town itself has many beautiful 17th and 18th century houses, and St.Mary's Church spire dates back to the 13th century.
  • Drive through the Oxfordshire Cotwolds
    IFLACOCK Minicoach small roads Enjoy a scenic drive through the Oxfordshire Cotwolds, travelling by centuries old untouched cottages untouched by the modern world, on roads large coaches would simply never be able to travel on. Take a photo stop in the picturesque historical village of Shilton.
  • The village of Shilton provided Downton Abbey with a scene for a village pub
    The village, with a few 'cosmetic' adjustments, provided Downton Abbey with a scene for a village pub (in reality this was the forge) as well as some settings for rural scenes. Your guide will explain to you how the forge was transformed into the village pub!
  • From Shilton continue to Swinbrook and stop at the Swan Inn
    From Shilton continue to Swinbrook and stop at the Swan Inn. The Swan Inn hosted the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson the family chauffeur!
 This was one of the key, and most controversial, storylines of Downton's second series.
  • The village of Swinbrook
    The village of Swinbrook itself, a truly magical, picturesque Cotswold village, is more usually associated with the notorious Mitford Sisters, well known socialites of their day, and not short of the occasional scandal themselves! The Swan Inn was owned by Debo, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
  • Drive to Woodstock for lunch (not included in the tour cost)
    Minicoach cotswolds A short drive to the town of Woodstock for lunch, and en-route we make a stop in the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill. Woodstock is a fine Geogian town with a distinct Royal Heritage.
  • The town of Woodstock is also home to Blenheim Palace
    The Domesday book of 1086 describes Woodstock as a Royal Forest, King Henry I established one a zoo here in 1110, and the Black Prince (son of King Edward III) was born here in 1331. Nowadays, it's famous for small independent shops and a fantastic selection of English pubs and restaurants.
  • Blenheim Place
    IFDOWNTON Blenheim Lake Palace view Your palace tour begins with an introduction to the 'upstairs and downstairs' of class conscious life. Built for the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill with interiors by Sir Christopher Wren, this historic stately home was also birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874.
  • Discover how the aristocracy lived in Blenheim Place
    Discover how the aristocracy lived and how the state apartments increased in importance as we move from room to room. After the tour of this great house, stroll through landscaped gardens and see the Temple of Diana where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in 1908.
  • 18:00-18:30 Check-out
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Why choose this Small Group Day Trip from London: Downton Abbey, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace?
  • On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! The purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. The itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road. As travel in conducted in smaller vehicles, you will normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, the group sizes are smaller and you are able to spend more time out of the vehicle. This tour also offers the very best driver/guides!
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  • Any cancellations made between the booking confirmation date to 18:00 local time, 28 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 20% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made between 18:00 local time, 28 business days to 18:00 local time, 15 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 18:00 local time, 15 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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Language English
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Duration 10.5 - 11.5 hour(s)

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by: Jackie
My husband and I throughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Tony, was great. He was very knowledgeable about Downton Abbey and London in general. We also liked going on a smaller tour. The maximum size is...more
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