From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch
- Enjoy a country pub lunch in one of the Cotswold's finest pubs
- Take the scenic route through the back-roads to see stunning hamlets and villages including Minster Lovell and Swinbrook
- Explore the stunning Blenheim Place and Gardens, the birthplace of Winston Churchill
- Discover the villages of Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold
- Benefit from a small group experience with a maximum of 16 people per tour
Take a guided walk to the historic church, then after further exploration, continue to the Coln Valley and the charming Bibury, once described as the prettiest village in England. Stroll through the water meadows and see historic Arlington Row, a group of ancient weaver's cottages. It's then onwards to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, all the while taking in the leafy, winding country lanes that big coaches cannot travel on.
After that, enjoy lunch at a traditional country pub. Menu choices include Pan Roast Chicken Breast, served with Potato Cake, Roast Carrots & Tarragon Cream, or Chef's vegetarian special of the day; examples are Caramelised polenta cake, served with aubergine caviar, confit shallots, rocket & Parmesan (v) OR Goats Cheese and Sun Blush Tomato Croquettes. Then explore the beautiful village before the tour departs for the final and perhaps most impressive stop, Blenheim Palace.
Next, head over to Blenheim Palace, the largest privately-owned house in Britain, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874. The house was designed by Sir John Vanburgh over 300 years ago, to rival the Palace of Versailles. You will be able to tour the magnificent rooms, stroll around the stunning gardens, see the Winston Churchill exhibition, all the while enjoying the sheer opulence and breathtaking beauty of the Palace before returning to Oxford.
- Admission to Blenheim Palace and Gardens
- 1-course lunch in a traditional country pub
- Round-trip transport from Oxford
- A scenic drive through the back-roads to see stunning hamlets and villages around the Cotswolds region