Our pick of the best day tours from Oxford taking you to some of the most spectacular parts of the English countryside. Our small group tours operate with a maximum of 16 people. Travel in executive transportation with a friendly expert guide. Discover the highlights of the region including visits to Downton Abbey filming sites, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Our tours are available with regular weekly departures from Oxford city centre and can also be taken as private chauffeur-driven tours.
Best Day Tours from Oxford:
Cotswolds & Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford
Our Cotswolds & Stratford-upon-Avon day tour departs from Oxford city centre. Begin the day with a drive through the breathtaking English countryside, known for its green rolling hills and pastoral scenery. Pass some of the most famous Cotswolds villages including Bourton-on-the-Water, which is known locally as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Stop for lunch at Stow-on-the-Wold, another pretty Cotswolds village characterized by its honey-coloured stone buildings.
From here, we will head to Shakespeare’s country with a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon. We’ll see Shakespeare’s birthplace as well as visit the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway.
On the final part of the tour, we return to Oxford. The visit begins with a guided walking tour of the city, including the famous courtyards and buildings of Oxford University. Discover Divinity School, a medieval building built in 1427 that served as the University’s first purpose-built teaching room.
This is the best tour of the Cotswolds & Stratford-upon-Avon from Oxford. By using a small minibus, we can drive through the windy country lanes and visit locations that larger coach tours simply can’t reach! Our small-group tour with a maximum of 16-passengers is perfect for comfortable sightseeing.
The tour is available every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday departing from Oxford.
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Stonehenge & Bath Tour from Oxford
Discover Stonehenge & Bath on a day tour from Oxford. This is the best way to visit Stonehenge in the comfort of a 16-seater minibus. Led by an experienced guide, this is a small-group tour. You’ll begin the day with a visit to Bath, one of the prettiest cities in England. There will be time to explore the city centre, see Pulteney Bridge and enjoy the beautiful Georgian architecture.
The afternoon is spent at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous Neolithic monument in the world. See the ancient stone circles, walk through the Neolithic village and explore the visitors centre.
This is the best way to see Stonehenge & Bath in a day from Oxford. The tour is available every day, with pickup from hotels in central Oxford.
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Highclere Castle & Downton Abbey Tour from Oxford
Highclere Castle, the location of Downton Abbey
This is the best day tour from Oxford if you are looking to visit the real-life locations used in the making of Downton Abbey. The highlight of our trip is a visit to Highclere Castle, which is instantly recognizable as the real-life Downton Abbey. Our tour includes entrance tickets to explore the castle interior, including the State Rooms, dining room, and bedrooms that were home to Lady Sybil, Edith, Mary and more. Spend time exploring the magnificent gardens or perhaps enjoy lunch or afternoon tea.
Our Downton Abbey tour from Oxford also includes a visit to the village of Bampton and Cogges Farm that were both used in the filming of the TV series.
This is a small-group tour with a maximum of 18-passengers. It is only available on dates when Highclere Castle is open to the public and often gets sold out in advance.
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Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford
The charming village of Bibury!
Available from April to November
Our Cotswolds Villages & Blenheim Palace tour combines history, heritage, and beautiful scenery with lunch in a charming pub. Travel from Oxford in an executive, air-conditioned minibus. Get to know your friendly guide and fellow passengers as you journey into the Cotswolds countryside. We use a small, 16 seater minibus, which is able to drive along some of the narrow country roads that most large group tours cannot do! We’ll spend the morning on a guided tour, discovering some of the villages typical to the region including Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Enjoy a two-course lunch in one of the oldest inns in the country with a choice of traditional English pub food.
We will visit Blenheim Palace in the afternoon, one of the most impressive stately homes in the country. Highlights of the palace include its staterooms, library, dining rooms, and magnificent landscaped gardens. Our Cotswolds tour is available every Saturday from Oxford between April & October.
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Downton Abbey Sites & Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford
Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Available from April to November
Our Downton Abbey Sites & Blenheim Palace day tour from Oxford visits the film locations used in the making of the Downton Abbey TV Series. This is followed in the afternoon by a tour of Blenheim Palace.
Depart Oxford in the morning and drive into the magnificent Cotswolds countryside, admiring the sweeping hills. First stop is Yew Tree Farm which is better known as Cogges Manor Farm. Discover the fictional home of Mr Drewe and his family with a guided tour of this working farm. We continue with a visit to the village of Bampton, better known in the TV series as the village of Downton. Discover the many scenes and events that took place in this pretty little village, and see the church, post office and Downton hospital. We continue our drive through the English countryside, passing beautiful villages including Shilton and Swinsbrook. Stop for Lunch in Woodstock, with a great choice of cafes and restaurants.
We spend the afternoon at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace. This was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Learn about the Palace with an audio-guided tour around the house and enjoy plenty of free time to explore the spectacular landscaped gardens.
One of the best day tours from Oxford, our Cotswolds, Downton Abbey, Blenheim Palace trip is available with departures from Oxford every Wednesday & Friday from April to October.
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Private Tours from Oxford
All our tours from Oxford can be arranged as private day tours. This is the best way to travel if you are looking for a custom-built tour according to your needs. Tours can be arranged with a driver/guide, a driver and a separate guide or a driver only private tour. Private Oxford tours can also be taken to other nearby locations including Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor Castle.
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