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Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of England on a fulfilling full-day trip to Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds from London. With an accomplished guide, explore the opulent chambers of Blenheim Palace, a Baroque manor house that boasts UNESCO World Heritage status, and discover the building's historical heritage. Travel to the Cotswolds to absorb the splendor of an area replete with charming churches and gorgeous natural panoramas, and then conclude in Bampton, a quaint village featured in hit TV show ‘Downton Abbey’. 

Highlights

  • 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

Greet your guide at your centrally located London hotel and climb aboard a luxury coach destined for Oxfordshire, home to the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace. Absorb gorgeous vistas of the English countryside on the 1.5-hour journey and listen as your guide sets the historical scene of the birthplace of Winston Churchill. 

On arrival, purchase an entrance ticket and embark on a guided tour of the regal residence; listen to illuminating commentary through state-of-the-art headphones as you explore lavish State Rooms, see priceless pieces of art and stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens. 

After thorough exploration, return to your coach and travel to the Cotswolds, a quintessentially English region with an abundance of natural beauty. Delight in charming parishes and thatched villages during a brief interlude in Bilbury, home to a set of 14th century cottages known as Arlington Row. 

Next, head to a place declared the ‘Little Venice’ of the area and capture fantastic photographs of tranquil lanes parallel to sparkling waterways. Revitalize with a traditional lunch in Bourton-on-the-Water (own expense) and then clamber back aboard the coach for the last stop on your tour. 

Recognize the quintessential charm of Bampton as you tour the village featured in popular English TV show, Downtown Abbey, and allow your attention to be directed to an array of sites featured in the program. 

Relax during the return journey to London, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews

Tiffany S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was really well done. My tour guide, Debra, was so knowledgable, hilarious, and kind. I was kind of skeptical about how many 5-star ratings these trips have, but now I understand why.

Einar Olav H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A very nice and knowledgeable guide. Relaxed and friendly. The itself was nice, a long day, but still relaxed and we got a lot of information. A perfect tour if you want the overview of Cotswold. Blenheim Palace needs a full day to see it all

elisedonchi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved our tour guide Shiela made the day fun
Blenheim Palace was lovely to see just wish we had more time

dorie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour - our guide Sheila was a lot of fun and very informative. The tour gave you a great taste of the Cotswolds enough to want to go back!!.

Diana A

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.

Atika M

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.

Diane Y

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!

Ines N

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.

ABRAHAM K

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.

Bee Kieng T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

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