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Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

1. Downton Abbey Film Locations & Blenheim Palace Day Tour

Head away from London and to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire to see key filming sites of the hit series Downton Abbey. The first stop on this full-day tour is Yew Tree Farm (Cogges). After a break for tea or coffee in the delightfully refurbished and rustic Cogges Café, you’ll enjoy a tour and learn about the relationship between the tenant farmers and landowners. Next you’ll take a short drive to Bampton, a picturesque Oxfordshire Cotswolds village. The village has been used extensively in Downton village filming. Bampton Library was the site of the Downton Cottage Hospital and doctors’ surgery. St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Churchgate House was used as the Crawley’s family home. Walk along the street that was the scene of shops, the post office, and the Grantham Arms. The stunning town of Burford, traditionally known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, will be your destination for lunch. You’ll have a chance to see the famous Wool Church, built on the wealth of the wool trade, and have time to wander around this medieval market town. After lunch you’ll enjoy a drive through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds countryside, stopping en route at the Swan Inn in Swinbrook. The Swan Inn was the site of the elopement of Lady Sybil with Branson, the family’s chauffeur! On the approach to Blenheim Palace you’ll see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill in the village of Bladon. At Blenheim Palace your tour begins with an introduction to the upstairs and downstairs of a class-conscious life. Built in the early 18th century for the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, this historic stately home was the birthplace of Winston Churchill in 1874. Discover how the aristocracy lived and how the state apartments increased in importance, as you move from room to room. After the tour of the house, there will be time for a walk through the landscaped gardens to see the Temple of Diana where Sir Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in 1908.

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What people are saying about St Mary's Church, London

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We had a fantastic day with our guide, Amber! She was energetic, knowledgeable, and very adaptive to the interests/needs of our group members. The sights were great! Our driver, Lee, was also wonderful. The tour got off to a late start due to an unforeseen accident that delayed the bus getting to the pick-up point, they managed to help us feel relaxed, like the situation was handled, our tour guide was entertaining and made good use of our "down time" while we waited for the bus, and we managed to see and do everything as planned and be back in time. A very enjoyable experience all around.

Amber was the perfect guide, she was friendly and talked to us on our level and was NOT a show-off, and NOT a “I know more then you” kind of guide. It was fun!

We had a great experience on this tour. Despite the closures of many of the palaces, our guide Tony still made the day very fun and informational.

trip in fabulous time

Organization great guides very nice and competent places simply wonderful and the weather was great

Many great and inspiring stories, unfortunately the manor was not there