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Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

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Activity provider: International Friends

Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

Activity provider: International Friends

From US$ 179.85 per person

Spend a day visiting the sites associated with Downton Abbey in the scenic Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Enjoy lunch in the picturesque village of Burford, and end the day with a tour of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Duration 1 day
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit some of the key Downton Abbey filming locations – Yew Tree Farm, Downton village, and more
  • Discover stunning villages in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds
  • Tour Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill
  • Travel by luxury mini-coach to locations inaccessible by larger vehicles
  • Enjoy a small group tour for a maximum of 16 people
Full description
Head away from London and to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire to see key filming sites of the hit series Downton Abbey. The first stop on this full-day tour is Yew Tree Farm (Cogges). After a break for tea or coffee in the delightfully refurbished and rustic Cogges Café, you’ll enjoy a tour and learn about the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners. Next you’ll take a short drive to Bampton, a picturesque Oxfordshire Cotswolds village. The village has been used extensively in Downton village filming. Bampton Library was the site of the Downton Cottage Hospital and doctors’ surgery. St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Churchgate House was used as the Crawley’s family home. Walk along the street that was the scene of shops, the post office, and the Grantham Arms. The stunning town of Burford, traditionally known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, will be your destination for lunch. You’ll have a chance to see the famous Wool Church, built on the wealth of the wool trade, and have time to wander around this medieval market town. After lunch you’ll enjoy a drive through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds countryside, stopping en route at the Swan Inn in Swinbrook. The Swan Inn was the site of the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson, the family’s chauffeur! On the approach to Blenheim Palace you’ll see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill in the village of Bladon. At Blenheim Palace your tour begins with an introduction to the upstairs and downstairs of a class-conscious life. Built in the early 18th century for the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, this historic stately home was the birthplace of Winston Churchill in 1874. Discover how the aristocracy lived and how the state apartments increased in importance, as you move from room to room. After the tour of the house, there will be time for a walk through the landscaped gardens to see the Temple of Diana where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in 1908.
Includes
  • Transportation by executive mini-coach
  • Visit Downton village (Bampton)
  • Visit Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
  • Photo stops at Oxfordshire Cotswold villages
  • Admission to Blenheim Palace
  • Full-day professional tour guide services
  • Visit to Highclere Castle
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Please wait at Bus Stop GV on Cromwell Road (Ashburn Gardens Stop). The nearest tube station is Gloucester Road.

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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Tony was an excellent and entertaining guide! He was brimming with knowledge about the history of the sites we visited. He engaged with us in the bus while traveling, and entertained with stories and historical facts. We never felt rushed or as if we had to cut our time short. In spite of a mix-up from GetYourGuide about the pick up location, Tony did everything RIGHT. Highly recommend.

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October 17, 2022

We had a fantastic day with our guide, Amber! She was energetic, knowledgeable, and very adaptive to the interests/needs of our group members. The sights were great! Our driver, Lee, was also wonderful. The tour got off to a late start due to an unforeseen accident that delayed the bus getting to the pick-up point, they managed to help us feel relaxed, like the situation was handled, our tour guide was entertaining and made good use of our "down time" while we waited for the bus, and we managed to see and do everything as planned and be back in time. A very enjoyable experience all around.

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June 1, 2022

Great

Our guide Amber was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She made a point of learning each of our names and engaged with us all throughout the day helping to make the group feel more connected and comfortable. She was also was helpful with recommendations for places to eat on the tour and in London - it’s clear she was a foodie. Our driver was equally as fantastic. A very skilled driver who made us feel safe throughout our rainy travels. The two of them worked very well together, shared great banter with the group and were both very professional.

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October 1, 2019

Product ID: 46030