Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

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Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

From $207.35 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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  • 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
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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.
  • 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
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance, London, WC1B 3DG.

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    4.3 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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    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

    This tour was fantastic for Downton Abbey fans & UK history buffs.

    My daughters and I really enjoyed the Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour. One of my daughters and I are big fans of the Downton Abbey programs and enjoyed seeing many places used to film the series. My other daughter really enjoyed the visit to Cogges Farm and Blenheim Palace. The driver did a wonderful job keeping us safe and on time to each location. There was a bit of stress at the beginning of the tour as the driver was slightly late arriving to meeting location. We did not know there were multiple pick up points for tour and another one of those would have been more convenient and closer to our lodging. The guide, while enthusiastic about all things Downton Abbey, was a bit of a braggart about all she had seen/done during the filming of the series and since. At first this was exciting but our enthusiasm for it waned long before the end of the tour. I would certainly recommend this tour for others but would also prepare others for similar experiences.

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    July 11, 2016

    Friendly service but not much guidance.

    The highlight was seeing the countryside viewed from a native and although our guide was knowledgeable about the Downton Abbey village film locations, she appeared a bit too star strucked in bragging about her connections to Highclere and the film staff. Would have liked more background on Blenheim. Too much time spent on food breaks which unneccesarily cut into the tour time. However, driver and guide were accommodating.

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    June 1, 2017

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