Select Sightseeing - A full day tour from London to Blenheim Palace and the enchanting villages of the Cotswolds, including the village of Bampton where many scenes from "Downton Abbey" were filmed. Entrance fees are not included, but tickets may be purchased from your guide.
Free WiFi on Tour Coaches
Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden.
This region of outstanding natural beauty is characterised by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswold stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade.
We'll make a short stop in the village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" and see Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages built of local stone. Then on to Bourton-on-the-Water, the "Little Venice" of the Cotswolds. Its picturesque High Street is flanked by shaded greens, and the River Windrush, spanned by several arched stone bridges, runs alongside.
In the village of Bampton, we visit the street where many scenes from the "Downton Abbey" TV series were filmed. You can see the Church where a number of "Downton" events were hosted, from weddings and funerals to the Downton Fair. Next to the church is Churchgate House which was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School which now houses the Bampton Library and Community Archive and served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the location for two local pubs, "The Grantham Arms" and "The Dog & Duck".
This tour is booked and operated by Evan Evans Tours.
Days of operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April-October)
Tour Starts: 8.45am Victoria Coach Station*
Tour Finishes: approx 7.00pm Victoria Train Station
*The Evan Evans Tours check-in desk is at Victoria Coach Station, opposite Gate 2. Passengers are advised to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.
Duration: 10 hours
Tour operates in English.
This tour does not visit Highclere Castle.
Please note, you do NOT require a printed copy of your eticket. On booking, you'll recieve an email confirmation with your eticket. If you don't have access to a printer, an electronic copy on your phone is sufficient to join the tour.
Disclaimer: This tour is an unlicensed and unauthorised tour of sites featured in the television series 'Downton Abbey' produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBCUniversal International Limited. Evan Evans Tours Limited and this tour does not have any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series 'Downton Abbey', Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.
The state of the art VOX Radioguide® system is used during the walking sections of this tour: guests are issued with a personal headset ensuring they never miss a word of the guide's commentary.
Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds (Select)
Service rating : Guide was friendly and pleasant but a little underinformed. He seemed to not even a Wikipedia level of knowledge about some of the places visited. He also neglected to inform us about local shortcuts to attractions. The driver was excellent!
Product : Enjoyed Blenheim and thought...