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  • £145.00 Adult
  • £125.00 Child (3-15)
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Downton Abbey Filming Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace

Travel to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire Cotswolds to see key filming sites of Downton Abbey with our first stop at Cogges Manor Farm (“Yew Tree Farm” ) to learn of its role in the famous TV series.

Enjoy a visit to the delightful village of Bampton which was extensively used in all the Downton Village filming.

See Bampton Library which was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors surgery then on this guided tour walk along the street which was used for the shops and post office and also see the Grantham Arms pub.

See Sir Winston Churchill’s and Lady Churchill grave in Bladon village before a visit to the fine Georgian town Woodstock, the home of Blenheim Palace.



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  • £145.00 Adult
  • £125.00 Child (3-15)


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Tour Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people and expert, friendly guide
  • Visit the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill
  • Visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges), Downton Village (Bampton), Shilton and Swinbrook
  • Entry and tour of Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
  • Visit the sites associated with Downton Abbey
  • Small group day trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to destinations impossible by large coach
  • Enjoy lunch in the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds
  • Tour of the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace
  • Departures from London and Oxford
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Tour Schedule

Cotswolds

Travel to the beautiful Cotswolds to visit some of the filming sites of the hit series Downton Abbey. We head over to the charming Oxfordshire hills and go in search of Downton filming locations. Our first stop is Cogges Manor Farm with its collection of friendly animals beautifully located on the banks of the River Windrush. We will learn of its role in Downton Abbey as “Yew Tree Farm” where Lady Edith’s daughter Marigold was brought up by the Drewe family. Visit the kitchens, see the farmyard and watch a special presentation video about the farm’s role in the television series.

After a coffee break we continue to explore the region, stopping at Shilton with its shallow ford used in series two. On to Bampton to see St Mary’s church used for so many weddings, a funeral or two and a jilting when it became St Michael’s in Downton Abbey. See the cottage hospital and Mrs Crawley’s house during the guided walk. Visit the village green and see The Grantham Arms pub.

We then head to the village of Bladon to visit the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill before a lunch break in the vibrant and historic Cotswold town of Woodstock.

Blenheim Palace

The afternoon is spent at the majestic Blenheim Palace built for Sir John Churchill between 1705 and 1724. The largest privately owned house in the country saw the birth of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874 and boasts over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens by ‘Capability’ Brown. Enjoy the Churchill exhibition and stroll through the delightful grounds before our return to London.

 



Important Information

  • Disclaimer: Our Downton Abbey day trips and tours are not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Carnival Films, NBC Universal or Julian Fellowes and his representatives.

Inclusions

  • Travel by executive coach.
  • Expert, friendly guides.
  • Visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges), Downton Village (Bampton), Shilton and Swinbrook.
  • Entry to Cogges Manor and exclusive, private tour.
  • Entry to Bampton Library (Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctor’s Surgery in the series).
  • Visit the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill.
  • Entry and tour of Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens.
  • Maximum group size 16 people.

Departure Information

  • 07.20AM Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance nearest tube stations are Holborn Station or Tottenham Court Road Station.
  • 07.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, nearest station is Marble Arch Station.
  • 07.45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance. Short walk from Gloucester Road tube station).
  • 09:15am – Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3AS.
  • Please arrive at your departure point at least 10 minutes before the departure time. This tour is a guaranteed departure, maximum group size 16 people.
  • On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre.
  • This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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