Cleaning and safety practices
Lush gardens & splendour of Blenheim Palace State Rooms
Rolling hills & thatched medieval homes in the Cotswolds
Visit the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water
See Bampton village, the setting for TV series Downton Abbey
Informative live commentary on your personal audio headset
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Blenheim Palace, Bampton, and the Cotswolds
Admission to Blenheim Palace & Gardens, including the State Rooms
Wi-Fi onboard tour bus
Live tour commentary provided in English
Personal headset for live tour commentary
Meals and drinks
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Know Before You Book
Children 2 and younger are complimentary provided they do not occupy their own seat.
Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
This tour does not visit Highclere Castle.
Bampton may be closed to visitors on some days due to filming.
The order of the tour may vary for operational reasons.
What you can expect
Stroll through gorgeous gardens outside ornate English manors on this fanciful day tour. Wander through Blenheim Palace and the enchanting villages of the Cotswolds and Bampton, where scenes from the popular show Downton Abbey have been filmed.
Your journey begins with convenient pickup from central London and transport to the countryside aboard a comfortable bus. Arrive at the Blenheim Palace, an enormous mansion of extraordinary English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Follow your guide through stunning state rooms bursting with lovely paintings and colourful tapestries before heading out to the green gardens, set on more than 1,860 acres (750 ha) of manicured land.
Next, head to the Cotswolds, an area of attractive small towns, including Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the “Little Venice” of the Cotswolds, under shade-giving trees and over arched bridges.
Finally, explore the village of Bampton, where many scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. Here you can see the church where a number of Downton events were hosted, the Churchgate House, which was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School that served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the home to 2 local pubs, where you can stop in for a pint before heading back to London.
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Protective shields in place at main contact areas
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Masks required
- Hand sanitiser provided
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