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Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Experience a wealth of England’s rural and historical treasures, and the fictional ‘Downton Abbey’ village, on this full-day trip from London with an expert guide. Marvel at splendid Blenheim Palace, the UNESCO-protected country house where Sir Winston Churchill was born, and discover the enchanting scenery of the Cotswolds, with visits to an idyllic village: either Bibury or Bourton-on-the-Water. Lastly, explore the pretty village of Bampton to see some of the locations where the much-loved TV series, ‘Downton Abbey’, was filmed, and enjoy time for lunch here before returning to London.
  • Full-day trip to Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, and Downton Abbey village from London, led by an expert guide
  • Explore Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir William Churchill
  • Revel in the quintessentially English villages and thatched-roof houses of the Cotswolds from the comfort of a luxury coach
  • Visit the charming village of Bibury or Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the village of Bampton, featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Free WiFi on coach
Vox Headset
Blenheim Palace, State Rooms and Gardens
Optional gratuities
Food and beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RH, UK

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Vauxhall Bridge Road, Vauxhall Bridge Rd, Pimlico, London, UK
Depart Victoria coach station by comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and travel northwest into scenic Oxfordshire.

After approximately 1.5 hours on the road, stop at UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir William Churchill. Head inside, put on your audio headsets to hear commentary from your guide, and stroll around the opulent State Rooms of this magnificent stately house, built in the 1700s. Admire the priceless artworks and tapestries that adorn the walls and view the formal gardens on a leisurely walk in the grounds.

Back aboard your coach, soak up the views of the gorgeous Cotswolds region, where rolling green hills give way to stone-built market towns and thatched villages. Stop in at one of two charming villages: the picture-postcard hamlet of Bibury, to amble past its famous weavers’ cottages, originally built as a wool store in 1380, and the 12th-century St. Mary's Church.

Or, drive on to idyllic Bourton-on-the-Water, sometimes known as ‘Little Venice’ for the series of handsome low bridges that cross the Windrush River that flows through the village center. Amble through the lanes and admire the lush greens, quaint shops, and stone banks along the riversides.

Finally, continue to Bampton, the classic English village that doubled as fictional Downton village in the famous TV drama series of Downton Abbey. View the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were wed and the house that served as Isobel Crawley’s home. Pass the old school that was Downton Hospital and buildings that starred as two village pubs. While you’re here, take the opportunity to relax over lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant or café, and then return to London where your trip finishes at Westminster.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blenheim Palace
This awe-inspiring stately home, the current private residence of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, is perhaps best-known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Admire the stunning details behind the portraits, tapestry and furniture in the lavishly decorated State Rooms, which includes furniture ornate furniture by Boulle, Savonniere carpet and the iconic 'Victories' series of tapestries celebrating the Duke's victory over the French armies of 'The Sun King', Louis XIV, at the Battle of Blenheim. Enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped formal gardens and more than 2,000 acres of parkland, or walk in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill; visit his most cherished outdoor places on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, including the spot where he proposed to Clementine Hozier.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre
Our final stop of the day sees us visit the picturesque village of Bampton; the filming location for many of the famous landmarks featured on the popular period drama television series, Downton Abbey. You’ll see the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church, and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bourton on the Water
Burford is a small medieval town on the River Windrush in the Cotswold hills in West Oxfordshire district of Oxfordshire, England. It is often referred to as the 'gateway' to the Cotswolds. Burford is located 18 miles west of Oxford and 22 miles southeast of Cheltenham, about 2 miles from the Gloucestershire boundary. *Please note that you will show you Bourton on the Water or Bibury*
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Burford Library
Burford is a small medieval town on the River Windrush in the Cotswold hills in West Oxfordshire district of Oxfordshire, England. It is often referred to as the 'gateway' to the Cotswolds. Burford is located 18 miles west of Oxford and 22 miles southeast of Cheltenham, about 2 miles from the Gloucestershire boundary. *Please note that you will show you Bourton on the Water or Bibury*
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note: this tour does not visit Highclere Castle
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 51 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Evan Evans Tours

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 51 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London.

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  • "The trip itself is wisely planned giving you enough time to see the most." See review
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star-1
Cancelked and no refund yet.
97barbarae
, Jan 2020
The trip was cancelled by Viator by email at a time when we were traveling thru Vienna with no service. They have not refunded money yet.
star-3
Downton Abbey and Citswolds + Blenheim Palace a HUGE disappointment!
Alvina B
, Nov 2019
The Cotswolds and Downton Abbey sites were marvelous. Kevin, our guide was very pleasant and a knowledgeable story teller. While Bleneim Palace was impressive, the art exhibit of dead animals, horrific images, and spooky 2nd floor exhibits pretty much ruined the experience. I'm pretty sure Winston Churchill, who didn't want people walking on top of him, and therefore wasn't buried at Westminster Abbey, would be insulted and horrified by this exhibit.
star-5
EXcellent Tour!!
Gjoycegris
, Oct 2019
We so enjoyed this excursion out of the city. Andy Jackson was our guide. His wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm enhanced this tour. The stop in the Cotswolds was a charming village with lots of dining and shopping options. It was fun to see the Downton Abbey Village as a fan of the program. The highlight of the tour was Blenheim Palace. Steve handled the bus expertly and was quick to assist passengers on and off.
star-5
Downton Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Day Trip from London
Trail496869
, Oct 2019
Great Tour Saw alot of the Country Ebnjoyed the Downton Abbey Village Blenhiem Castle was a great visit - a lot of history Guide was great Enjoed the Cotswolds
star-5
A really nice day, despite the weather.
atlantamandoug
, Oct 2019
We had a great time. Rodney was a very knowledgeable tour guide, and our driver was fantastic. I highly recommend this trip.
star-4
Blenheim palace Downton Abbey Villages and Cotswolds
749judithp
, Oct 2019
The Day trip was interesting and informative Bourton on the Water was very pretty and worth the visit More time could have been spent at Bleinheim Palace not enough time to enjoy the Palace to its full potential The driver Barry was polite and his driving ability was excellent
star-4
Downton Abbey a disappointment...
Jenny F
, Oct 2019
We only had 35-40 mins to explore and there weren’t many buildings from the show. The church was lovely and we saw the facades of a couple cottages that were in the show. Bourton on the water in the Cotswolds was beautiful, and so was Blenheim. As a word of advice, Go through the main rooms quickly and then explore the grounds and gardens. We didn’t have enough time for everything but I would return!
star-4
A pleasant day in the country
Adventurer4494
, Oct 2019
The three stops were interesting and varied although allowing an hour and a half for essentially an outdoor visit to Bourton on the water was ill conceived as it poured during our visit forcing one into the Tea Shop for the duration. The coach was comfortable--outfitted with WiFi and power points. The driver was courteous and competent while Kevin the guide was knowledgeable but less than gracious, especially making snide comments about those very few who were only several minutes late returning to the bus. A little more professionalism on his part would have improved my rating.
star-5
Most pleasant day
drpto
, Sep 2019
Kevin our guide was funny and very good at hearding cats. This is a full day and Kevin helped us get the most out it. Great history and funny quirky stories.
star-5
Great tour guide and beautiful towns
Ann M
, Sep 2019
Our tour was great. Your guide very good. Omar. Knowleable and pleasant man Our driver was good and I felt safe Palace was outstanding. The towns we went to were perfect.

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