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

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Immerse yourself in the lives of the fictional Crawley family on a full-day tour of 'Downtown Abbey' filming locations from London. Explore the picturesque county of Oxfordshire as you visit charming villages like Bampton, Cogges, and Swinbrook to see sites the popular TV drama was filmed at. Discover the regal majesty of UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace and the history behind the home of Winston Churchill, and then return to London by luxury coach in the evening.
  • 'Downton Abbey' filming locations and Blenheim Palace tour from London
  • Hear insider gossip about the scandals of 'Downton Abbey'
  • See the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley
  • Visit Shilton, Swinbrook, and Bladon to see some of the TV show's filming sites
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, and learn about its eminent ex-residents

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Entry to Blenheim Palace
  • Entry to Cogges Manor Farm
  • Guided tour of Bampton
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hard Rock Hotel London
    c, o, Great Cumberland Pl, London W1H 7DL, UK

    07.30 Outside the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Cumberland Hotel)

Start time

07:30 AM

End point

  • Victoria station
    London SW1W 0AH, UK

    06:30pm Victoria Train Station at approximately. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond

What To Expect

Depart from a central London location in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach, and admire the undulating limestone hills of Oxfordshire as you travel towards your first stop. Listen to entertaining anecdotes and insider gossip surrounding 'Downtown Abbey' as you travel, and hear tales and trivia about the popular TV drama and its global fan base.

First, stop at a charming farm near Cogges, and refresh with a hot drink (own expense) as you admire the filming locations scattered around the farmland. Continue to Bampton to admire the stone cottages and winding English streets. Recognize famous 'Downtown Abbey' sites, such as the village church and the Crawley family home. Plus scour the scenery for shops and pubs featured in the show.

Travel onward to the ancient village of Shilton, and visit an ambient pub featured in 'Downtown Abbey.' Hear of how Lady Sybil eloped with the family chauffeur, and then head to Blenheim Palace for a comprehensive tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancestral home of Winston Churchill.

Marvel at the stately grandeur of the residence as you approach, and then venture within to delve into the rich historical heritage of the structure. Stroll through the opulent State Apartments, wander the landscaped beauty of the gardens, and then return to your comfortable coach. Relax on the journey back to central London, where your tour concludes.

Cogges Manor Farm

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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Cogges Manor Farm

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.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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After seeing the series on PBS, I...
Elisa B, Nov 2016
After seeing the series on PBS, I was eager to see the show's filming sites. It was worth the day trip! I also learned some local bits about the places we visited in the morning. Blenheim Palace is really beautiful! Of interest, the current ducal family still lives in part of the palace which isn't open to the public. Since we were a small group of 6, our driver dropped us off at requested spots in London.
A must for all Downton Abbey fans...
Lee, Jul 2017
A must for all Downton Abbey fans! Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site and was a highlight of our trip to England. Winston Churchill's birthplace and childhood home. Don't miss seeing this amazing, historical palace and gardens.
We were most disappointed in the...
allan r, Aug 2017
We were most disappointed in the tour. We left London reasonably on time but unknown to us we had to stop in Oxford to pick up two more passengers. This added at least 30 minutes each way to what was already a long drive from London. Our guide had no fun inside information on Downton Abbey and her depth of knowledge on the TV series was limited. We knew the we were not going to see the actual Downton Abbey Highclere Castle closed for filming. The other Downton Abbey stop were underwhelming. We only had 45 min to eat lunch in a quaint village and had no time to explore the town. Blenheim was FANTASTIC. Should have spent the entire day at Blenheim. I would not recommend this tour with its present itinerary.
Enjoyed the tour. Irish Tony knew...
Lois H, Sep 2016
Enjoyed the tour. Irish Tony knew his stuff and was a great driver. We had a smallish group so it was more personal. Enjoyed all the Downton sites and now want to watch all the episodes again. Blenheim Palace is beautiful.
Unbelievable! Everything I could have...
Thomas_D, Sep 2016
Unbelievable! Everything I could have hoped for and more.
Wonderful. Our guide knew everything...
elliefbrown, Sep 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
The tour was OK. But will not book...
Michele C, Apr 2016
The tour was OK. But will not book through 3rd party aviator again.
first we were a small group of nine...
josette d, Oct 2015
first we were a small group of nine people which was very nice. Le guide savait rendre les endroits interessants, grande connaissance du sujet DOWNTON ABBEY.
early morning start for the tour...
Raewyn C, Oct 2017
early morning start for the tour, but who cares we could not wait, the yew tree farm was really good, loved that, the tour guide was very well informed i found the village part of the tour quite rushed, Blenheim palace was wonderful, we had time to do our own thing here, the grounds were beautiful there is a shop which is well stocked and cafe to relax in or grab an ice cream and sit in the gardens my only moan is that we got back to london an hour earlier, perhaps that hour could have been spent in the village and our lunch break was not long enough by the time we got served and our meal arrived it was time to leave with some of our lunch left behind but in saying that i loved it
Great day outside of London
FuFamily, Nov 2019
We had a terrific tour with Amber. I really enjoyed visiting Bampton Village and Woodstock. Blenheim Palace is amazing. A great day!
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The guide was extremely well...
PatriciaA_L, May 2016
The guide was extremely well informed and had loads of information and stories to tell. Plenty of time at each location to do everything I wanted to do.
Our enthusiastic, informative guide...
Anita C, Jun 2016
Our enthusiastic, informative guide made this trip quite pleasant. Plenty of time at each stop with ample opportunity for photos. Debbie is a vivacious (or in her terms "brilliant") tour guide with excellent insights into the local color.
I can only give this tour 3 stars as...
Carolyn A, Sep 2017
I can only give this tour 3 stars as it was not all I had hoped for. The tour guide, although very familiar with all of it, was in a hurry and cut our tour short by about 3 hours. My friends and I felt pushed and rushed so not able to get all the photos we had hoped for. Apparently, she had told one of my friends she was in a hurry to get some shopping done and spend time with her family. We did enjoy what we saw. The guide also stated a couple facts about Downton Abbley that were not correct, unless the British version is very different from the American one. Blenheim was wonderful but again, we were rushed and not able to enjoy all it had to offer.
First, as others have noted, our...
Gregg B, Jun 2017
First, as others have noted, our tour guide, Tony, was not only knowledgeable but had a great wit. It was a perfect match for our group of four - who coincidentally, were all from California. As we were a small group with a smaller coach we had some flexibility in our day and were able to visit some other areas. For me the Blenheim Palace was the best. Highly recommend a day with Tony.
This tour was excellent!! The tour...
Deborah H, Jul 2016
This tour was excellent!! The tour guide Debbie and the bus driver Tony were super. Debbie's additional insight and knowledge made it that much better. I will look for them for future tours.
My wifen my son, and I recently took...
James S, Oct 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.
Tour guide Debbie and driver...
robert l, Jun 2016
Tour guide Debbie and driver Caroline offered a wonderful look into places where Downton Abbey was filmed. Fascinating commentary and backstage stories. Plus a trip to breathtaking Blenheim Palace. Very worthwhile and fun
Great tour, one of the only to stay...
Susan_R, Nov 2015
Great tour, one of the only to stay more time at Blenheim
Ok
Shalima_M, Sep 2022
The tour did not go to actually palace where series was shot , the verbiage is misleading . The host was great
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and...
Jane M B, Oct 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.

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