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, with a maximum of only 16 people, come with executive transportation and a friendly expert guide. Discover the highlights of the region including visits to Downton Abbey film sites, Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon on our day tours from Oxford.
Tours are offered with regular weekly departures 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 picks-up 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, head to Stratford-upon-Avon, which is the county of Shakespeare. We’ll visit Shakespeare’s birthplace as well as to the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway.
Finally, 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 offers the best touring experience.
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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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 heads to the film locations used in the making of the Downton Abbey TV Series. This is followed in the afternoon by a guided 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 – better known as Cogges Manor Farm – which was the home of Mr Drewe and his family. Tour the farm in an exclusive visit before the site opens to the public. From here, visit 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. The rest of the morning is spent visiting further iconic villages including Shilton, Swinsbrook and Bladon. Lunch is spent in Woodstock, with a great choice of cafes and restaurants.
The afternoon begins with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace. This was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You’ll be given an expert guided tour around the house, followed by 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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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 Highclere Castle 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.
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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, beautiful scenery and lunch in a full day-trip from Oxford. Departing Oxford in an executive, air-conditioned mini coach and accompanied by a professional, friendly guide, head straight into the Cotswolds countryside. We use a small, 16 seater minibus, which is able to go along some of the narrow country roads that most large group tours cannot do! We’ll spend the whole mornings 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.
Lunch is spent in one of the oldest inns in the country consisting of a two-course meal, with a choice of traditional English pub food.
In the afternoon, head to Blenheim Palace, one of the most impressive stately homes in the country. Highlights of the palace include its state rooms, library, dining rooms, and magnificent landscaped gardens. Our Cotswolds tour is available every Saturday from Oxford between April & October.
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Private Day Tours from Oxford
All day tours from Oxford can be arranged as private day tours, and are available all year round. This is the best way to travel if you are looking for specialized custom built tours according to your needs. Tours can be arranged with a driver/guide, a driver and a separate guide or a driver only private tour. Tours can also be taken to other nearby locations including Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor Castle.
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