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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy the beautiful Oxfordshire and Cotswolds villages

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.

Customer Reviews

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Alexis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Rachel S

4 star rating: Recommended September 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.

Norma M W

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

I didn't watch much of Downton Abbey but still the Cotswold towns and country, and Blenheim Palace.

Barbara W

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 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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