Day trip

From London: The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

Activity provider: Evan Evans Tours
Day trip

From London: The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

Activity provider: Evan Evans Tours
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From US$ 97.86 per person

Likely to sell out

Embark on a full-day escorted trip in the English countryside. See Blenheim Palace; birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, 2 beautiful Cotswold villages, plus a walking tour of 'Downton Abbey' village.

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Duration 1 day
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  • Visit Blenheim Palace State Rooms and walk through the magnificent gardens
  • Embark on a panoramic tour of the enchanting Cotswolds
  • Discover two Cotswolds villages including Bampton, the Downton Abbey village
  • Travel by first-class luxury motor-coach and enjoy the services of a professional guide
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Tick off some of southern England’s top attractions on a guided day trip by bus from London to Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds villages, including the Bampton filming location of the TV show Downtown Abbey. If you prefer exploring historic towns over attractions, enjoy the flexible tour option.

Board your coach in London and head out of the city and towards your first stop at Blenheim Palace. Witness this masterpiece of English Baroque architecture which was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Visit the stunning State Rooms, brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries (if option selected), and admire the 754-hectare gardens, including an exquisite water garden.

Next, head into the charming Cotswolds region for a stop at the authentic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Explore this picturesque location, complete with many attractive bridges crossing the gently-flowing river at its center. Complete your experience with a trip to Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured in the popular Downton Abbey TV series.

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.

  • Tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • Blenheim Palace entry (if option selected)
  • Visit to Bampton, the Downton Abbey village
  • Headset
  • Food and drink

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Important information

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  • The order in which the attractions are visited may vary for operational reasons
  • This tour does not visit Highclere Castle
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 237 reviews

Review summary

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The guide was excellent. Katja knew her stuff and was engaging. The overall trip was a bit long, however. The best part is the visit to Blemheim - wish it could have lasted longer. Visits to two villages was one too many, in my opinion. We could have stayed an extra 60-90 minutes at Blemheim, an extra 30 minutes at the 1st village we stopped at, skipped the third village, and been back to London about an hour earlier, and the tour would have been perfect.

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February 28, 2023

It was all very well organised. Our guide Chrissy was very nice and made sure everyone was alright during the trip. Blenheim palace is really worth the visit! I might have enjoyed more time to spend in Bourton on the water but it was all very manageable. Our driver Yves was also very reliable. All in all it was a very good day!

January 7, 2023

It was a smooth, seamless tour. David and Richard were kind and excellent guide and driver. David was a wealth of information on history and expert on the Ins and outs of our tour. Richard was a safe and professional driver. One bit of advice, review your meeting point directions and get there early! Also know that rules regarding late arrivals and late arrival to meeting times on the bus between tour routes are strictly enforced as per travel company protocols. The guide and driver cannot veer from them!

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October 27, 2022

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