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'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the lives and loves of beloved ‘Downtown Abbey’ characters on a full-day tour of the popular period drama’s filming locations from Oxford. With a knowledgeable guide, visit quaint and quintessential villages like Cogges, Bampton, Blado and Swinbrook to see recognizable sites featured in ‘Downtown Abbey.’ In the afternoon, discover the imperial majesty of Blenheim Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancestral home of Winston Churchill, and gain fascinating insight into the history of English aristocracy.
  • Downton Abbey filming locations and Blenheim Palace tour from Oxford
  • Hear all the Downton Abbey gossip from a local guide and learn about members of the cast
  • Visit the Cotswolds village of Bampton and walk past the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley
  • Explore the pretty Oxfordshire filming sites of Shilton, Swinbrook and Bladon
  • Take a tour of UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Entry to Bampton Library
Entry to Cogges Manor Farm
Entry to Blenheim Palace
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

15 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from a centrally located pickup point In Oxford by air-conditioned minivan and admire the beautiful countryside as you travel to your first destination. Be entertained by Downtown Abbey tales and trivia from your guide before stopping at a picturesque farm cradled by the undulating hills of Cogges. Refresh with a steaming tea in the farm’s rustic café (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the area’s notable filming locations. 

Travel onward to Brampton, a gorgeous Cotswolds village used as the setting of the fictional Downtown village. Delight in the charming stone cottages and narrow streets as you discover recognizable Downtown Abbey sites on a guided walking tour; capture photographs of the village church, the Crawley family home and the Grantham Arms pub as you explore. 

Next, head to the historical village of Shilton to admire the medieval bridges and picturesque ponds that decorate the town center. Enjoy a delicious English lunch at a nearby pub (own expense) and hear of the significance the public house bears to a storyline involving Lady Sybil. 

Continue to your final stop after lunch and marvel at the stately splendor of Blenheim House as you approach the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder. Delve into the opulent chambers and landscaped gardens of Winston Churchill’s ancestral home on a guided tour, and then return to your coach for the relaxing journey back to Oxford, where the tour concludes.

This tour is also available from London. If you wish to depart from London please look for the product 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London.
Itinerary
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Tour with International Friends
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cogges
Leave Oxford by air-conditioned minibus, and travel out into the glorious countryside that surrounds the city. On the journey, your guide will keep you entertained with tales and trivia about the Downton Abbey TV series that has a fan base spread all over the world. Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the British period drama of Downton Abbey documents the dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days leading up to and after World War I. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Mary, and discover little-known facts about the shooting locations included on your tour. Stop Cogges Farm, which doubled as Yew Tree Farm in the famous TV series, and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in the farm’s rustic cafe before you check out filming locations around the farm.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bampton Library
Continue to Bampton in the Cotswolds. The stone cottages and leafy, twisting streets in this quintessential English village might look familiar; scenes depicting the Downton village are often shot here and appear throughout the entire series. On a walking tour, see the village church — the site of Lady Mary’s wedding to Matthew Crawley — and the house that was once used as the Crawley family home. Stroll along the main street, spotting shops and the fictional Grantham Arms pub that appear in many episodes. Travel onward to the historical village of Shilton to explore its center, including a quaint village pub that is surrounded by ponds, medieval bridges and wells. From here, we'll journey on and enjoy a quick stop in the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston Churchill and his wife; and finish the tour at Blenheim Palace
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Blenheim Palace
While not used as a Downton Abbey filming location, one can imagine the palace's stately grandeur that would impress the Crawley family, here at Blenheim Palace. Take a walking tour that delves into the history of Winston Churchill's ancestral home, originally given to the first duke of Marlborough as a gift from the English Parliament. Wander through the State Apartments, and then explore a section of the beautiful landscaped gardens that feature the Temple of Diana. Finally, return to your minibus and travel back to the start point in Oxford where your tour finishes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY International Friends

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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A lot of fun!
Passport12494648880
, Oct 2019
Amber was a fun and enthusiastic tour guide. She really knew her stuff. Nothing felt rushed and we had a great small group.
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This was a small group of 5. The...
Paula J. M
, Oct 2017
This was a small group of 5. The guide was fantastic, not a spot unvisited or story untold. A must tour.
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Wonderful and almost private tour...
Elizabeth M
, Jul 2017
Wonderful and almost private tour through the countryside and the most beautiful locations. Deb has lived Downton Abbey for years and knows all the folks who run the places where we stopped. Felt like we lived there as well. Daniel drove the comfy van through the tricky path and was just as nice. Any entry tickets were included in the prices so the tour was very convenient. Not to divulge anything, we saw the Farm which was a totally working farm, as gorgeous as it looks on screen. We saw Bampton, which is Downton village and stopped by lots of the familiar places like the pub, the church, the post office - visualized so many scenes. We then toured through the countryside to see other sites that all fans would recognize, the inn where a forbidden wedding was going on, another pub and all of the gorgeous Cotswold scenery between. If you want a tour of the Cotswolds, I'd recommend taking another specific tour, even though we drove through the south end. The Highclere wasn't available that day - but I booked the tour specifically to see Winston Churchill's home. It was amazing. The property is enormous with super lovely grounds. You could spend a whole day there enjoying it. There was a lot of history about the family and its a great example of the Manor House and how it ran. Deb covered a lot of the English history as well. The whole day was wonderful, and well planned so you can see so much. I highly recommend it for history buffs or Downton Abbey fans.
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This was a full day tour -- as is...
Barry S
, Jun 2017
This was a full day tour -- as is noted, it does not include the Downton Abbey home, but rather a number of the sites used in the series. The guide was quite informative and there was also a fair amount of free time at a couple of the sites for tourist gawking and camera use. The second half of the tour was Blenheim Palace -- we'd been there before but enjoyed the tour quite a bit. Also we had time to walk in part of the gardens. Weather was a bit iffy, but no fault of the tour. The tour also included a stop at the grave site of Churchill -- it was raining quite a bit there but we had umbrellas to hand. A good tour, with a good guide -- would have been a bit more fun had the weather cooperated.
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Our tour guide, Debbie, was a...
Deborah C
, Oct 2016
Our tour guide, Debbie, was a delight! She was brilliant in describing what went on not only with the Downton Abbey filming but also what it was like in the day...fascinating. The Bleinheim Palace is worth going to...off season is better...less people. We went in Sept/Oct. and we loved it. Flowers still in bloom and very few tourists.
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It was a very nice day out in the...
Rachel S
, Sep 2016
It was a very nice day out in the Cotswolds. Our guide was friendly and knowledgable and also a fan of the show which helped! My only complaint was that this tour advertisement should have been more clear that this tour didn't actually go to Highclere Castle. I might not have spent so much money for a tour, even for a nice day out, had I known.
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I didn't watch much of Downton Abbey...
Norma M W
, Jul 2016
I didn't watch much of Downton Abbey but still the Cotswold towns and country, and Blenheim Palace.
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Andrew our guide was the most...
Alexis S
, May 2015
Andrew our guide was the most energetic that we met on the tour, Very helpful, and very involved. The Cotswolds is not an area one should miss while in UK.
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First the ad said that there were no...
Barbara W
, Oct 2014
First the ad said that there were no pick-ups from London hotels, After we had spent 107 pounds on train fare to Oxford, missed prepaid breakfast at our hotel and arrived at the London station at 6AM'we found out that a couple on the same tour were staying at our hotel in London and were picked up there and delivered back. Additionally, the tour seemed to have little to do with Downton Abbey. We spent little time in the Cotswolds and a lot of time at Blenheim where any meaningful tour was blighted by the lack of a guide and the distracting "art" of Wei Wei. This was the most expensive tour we took while in England and Scotland and the most disappointing.
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The tour was fabulous! Tour guide...
Sandra M
, Sep 2014
The tour was fabulous! Tour guide was knowledgable, engaging and delightful. The tour provided a wonderful opportunity to see a great deal in a short period of time at a relaxing pace with the right blend of group led and individual time.
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