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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Blenheim Palace Tour and The Cotswolds Custom Day Trip from London

Discover England’s outstanding beauty and rich historical and cultural heritage on this day trip from London. In the company of an expert guide, get up close to the grandeur of Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO-listed Baroque manor house where Sir Winston Churchill was born. Then, enjoy a panoramic tour of the Cotswolds, with stops at two of the region’s most beautiful parishes. End your tour with a trip to Bampton, the quintessential village that featured as Downton village in hit TV show 'Downton Abbey.'


  • Full-day trip to Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Downton Abbey village from London, led by an expert guide
  • Explore Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the birthplace of Sir William Churchill
  • Revel in the quintessentially English villages and thatched-roof houses of the Cotswolds from the comfort of a luxury coach
  • Visit the charming villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the village of Bampton, featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included

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What You Can Expect

Blenheim Palace Tour and The Cotswolds Custom Day Trip from London

Stop in the picturesque Cotswolds on this tour

Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located London hotel, or make your own way to Victoria Coach Station to meet your guide. Settle into your seat aboard a luxury coach, then relax on the journey to Oxfordshire, a picturesque county roughly 1.5 hours away.

Make your first stop at the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace (entry not included), the birthplace of Sir William Churchill. With your headset switched on to ensure you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly, set off on a tour of the lavish State Rooms. Delve into the history of the 18th-century manor house, and get up close to priceless works of art and tapestries. Then, enjoy a stroll through the landscaped gardens.

Next, hop back inside your coach and gaze out of the window as you journey through the Cotswolds, a region of outstanding natural beauty characterized by charming parishes and thatched villages. Stop in Bilbury, and walk with your guide to Arlington Row, a set of pretty cottages that date back to the 14th century.

Continue on to the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water. Have your camera ready as you wander down the high street, lined with shaded greens. Then, feel the tranquility wash over you as you head across arched stone bridges for views of River Windrush. You'll also have the opportunity to stop in at a local restaurant or cafe for lunch (own expense).

After, head to Bampton, a quintessentially English village that featured as Downton village in the hit TV show Downton Abbey. See the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley married, and the house that was once the Crawley family home. Pass Downton hospital and take in other sites such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.

When the time comes, return to your coach for the journey back to London, where your day trip concludes at Victoria Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour/leader and enjoyed the bus drive there and seeing the Cotswolds. Only negative was that I accidently left my camera at Blenheim, and it was not turned in. Otherwise, a great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good tour- it was great seeing the lovely Cotswolds and there was just enough time for the Palace though not enough for its gardens. Our guide Norma was very pleasant and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great time on this tour! The coaches were on time and our tour guide, Kevin was ve entertaining and informative The places we visited - Blenheim Palace and he Cotswold's - were beautiful and an amazing experience. Downtown Abbey, however, was a little disappointing. I really recommend this trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Lovely tour guide. A great day out. Got some lovely pictures and was amazed by the gardens of Blenheim Palace. Loved seeing Churchill's birthplace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If your like a true historic house, this is the place. Famous more for its Churchill connection than for its primary owners, it has a beautiful interior and nice gardens. Our tour ran smoothly. The house has its own docents which are excellent. You can get a bite to eat there as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent.Would have been better if another village stop is included.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide was a bit boring, kept telling us info we didn't want to hear like the history of traffic in London..., rather than building and general history,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We enjoyed the day tour as a whole. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very considerate of the needs of both English and Non-English guests. I would recommend and use this company again in the future.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

If you love a lazy relaxed tour through beautiful countrysides and lush green meadows bathed by golden sunlight, this tour is for you. We visited the most beautiful villages of England. Bibury is like a fairytale town, Bourton has more hustle bustle and is a very lively village and Downton is a lovely quaint town as if stuck in the past. Our guide Marianne was very knowledgeable and pleasant and made the tour even more enjoyable. I would recommend spending as little time inside Blenheim palace and rather explore its vast gardens and lakeside. And do try to take the tour on a sunny day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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