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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Best 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London

Learn about the lives and love interests of the fictional Crawley family on a full-day 'Downton Abbey' filming location tour! Depart from London and travel to the county of Oxfordshire to explore villages such as Cogges, Bampton and Swinbrook where the British period TV drama has been filmed. In the afternoon, tour Blenheim Palace — a UNESCO site not used in the series but magnificent nonetheless — for an insight into the daily lives of upper-crust English aristocracy.


  • Downton Abbey filming locations day trip and Blenheim Palace tour from London
  • Hear insider gossip about the scandals and dramas of Downton Abbey from a local guide
  • See the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley in the Oxfordshire village of Bampton
  • Visit Shilton, Swinbrook and Bladon to see some of the series' different Oxfordshire filming sites
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace and learn about its eminent ex-residents such as the 1st duke of Marlborough and Sir Winston Churchill
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included

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Best 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London

See filming locations from the TV series Downton Abbey including the Swan Inn

Leave London’s Marble Arch by air-conditioned minivan, and travel west to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire. 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 at a farm nestled in the hills near Cogges and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in the farm’s rustic cafe before you check out filming locations around the farm.

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 Shilton, travel to a pub in Swinbrook for lunch (own expense) where Lady Sybil eloped with the family chauffeur Branson; 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 — a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While not used as a Downton Abbey filming location, one can imagine the palace's stately grandeur that would impress the Crawley family. 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 minivan and travel back to the start point in London where your tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, one of the only to stay more time at Blenheim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My wifen my son, and I recently took this tour. When we booked our tour my wife was a bit disappointed because Highclere castle wasn't open so we decided on this tour with Blenheim on it. We were not disappointed at all. The tour guide, Tony, was fantastic. The stops were very nice and you were given the appropriate time at each. We never felt rushed all day. There are other tours a little cheaper that travel by bus. I would without a doubt spend a little more and get on this tour and travel in a small group van. Well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and it was fun and informative. We had a small group so we had great attention to detail. I liked seeing the behind the scenes of Downton Abbey and Blenheim Palace is a tour of its own. I would recommend this tour to others, as I am a fan of Downton Abbey and Winston Churchill also stopped at his burial spot and I was interested in everything covered in the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful. Our guide knew everything about downtown. She was great. On stop in village tell guests little shop doesn't take credit cards. Our guide lent me the money till we got back to London. Very nice thing to do. Be sure to tell her. Ellie Brown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was great! Loved every minute of it. Our guide did a great job and knew all about Downton Abbey and all the characters and the places we stopped at.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a wonderful tour. There were only three of us so it was as if we had a private tour guide. For Downtown Abbey fans who have already been to Highclere , it was great. We got to see several of the places from the series, and pictures of the new season being filmed--like Daisy, the Kitchenmaid with her I Phone. Blenheim was beautiful. I loved seeing Winston Churchill's baby saddle. The public rooms of the Palace are spectacular. Altogether, it was a wonderful day trip out of London.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guide was excellent as was the driver. It was a great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We purchased two tours from this company, one through their site and the other, the Abbey tour, through Viator. I would recommend buying this tour or any tour for that matter through Viator because they run promotions where you can get a discounts or sales up to 10 or more. This Abbey tour was excellent. I I don't watch the show, but it didn't matter. Andrew's presentations plus the sites we saw made this an excellent tour. It was a small turnout and everyone got along so well. We had air conditioner problems but Andrew and his driver worked very hard to correct this situation. Since we sat in the front, the ride was comfortable. One tip I have if you book this tour or any tour through this particular company is to try to get to the first pick up stop early to have the opportunity to sit in the front row. On our other tour, we had no choice but to sit in the back. It was so cramped and the air conditioning was not effective, making the ride uncomfortable. Worse, we had to wait what seemed like an eternity for passengers in front of us, some of whom were very deliberate, to leave the bus. When you are at a location for a limited time, slow exiting eats into your time. Also this bus does not have two seats on each side there is two seats on one side and single seats opposite. If you're with someone, getting stuck in those single seats would be frustrating. I must say this company has excellent guides Andrew and Greg and drivers. But buy this tour through Viator and take advantage of the discounts. And remember to get to the first pickup stop early to get the more spacious, quicker exiting front row seats.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We visited the village, church, and other locations used in the series, but not the Abbey itself. Enjoyed it tremendously. Well organized, good information, interesting tidbits. Lovely pub lunch. Classic English villages. Blenheim was interesting a very grand house.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wonderful tour. Our tour guide Greg was a total pro and made the experience one we'll remember for years to come. Thanks!

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