Blenheim Palace Tour and The Cotswolds Custom Day Trip from London
Make your first stop at the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir William Churchill. With your headset switched on to ensure you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly, set off on a tour of the lavish State Rooms. Delve into the history of the 18th-century manor house, and get up close to priceless works of art and tapestries. Then, enjoy a stroll through the landscaped gardens.
Next, hop back inside your coach and gaze out of the window as you journey through the Cotswolds, a region of outstanding natural beauty characterized by charming parishes and thatched villages. Stop in Bilbury, and walk with your guide to Arlington Row, a set of pretty cottages that date back to the 14th century.
Continue on to the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water. Have your camera ready as you wander down the high street, lined with shaded greens. Then, feel the tranquility wash over you as you head across arched stone bridges for views of River Windrush. You'll also have the opportunity to stop in at a local restaurant or cafe for lunch (own expense).
After, head to Bampton, a quintessentially English village that featured as Downton village in the hit TV show Downton Abbey. See the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley married, and the house that was once the Crawley family home. Pass Downton hospital and take in other sites such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.
When the time comes, return to your coach for the journey back to London, where your day trip concludes at Victoria Station.
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Blenheim Palace, England
- Hotel pickup
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Free WiFi on coach
- Entrance fees (if option selected)
- Entrance fees, unless option selected
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please Note: this tour does not visit Highclere Castle
Reviewed by: Lynette W, Australia, December 2014
We loved this tour. Such beautiful countryside.
Reviewed by: Philander C, July 2014
Our guide Sheila and our driver John were excellent. They were very knowledgeable and took great care of us from start to finish. The weather was gloriously beautiful on a Sunday in June, and all the locals were out enjoying it with us and with their children and dogs. The three Cotswold villages that we visited were picture perfect, and lunch at the Mermaid pub was wonderful. Blenheim was simply breathtaking--right up there with the Taj Mahal.