Cotswolds, Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace - Small Group Tour from London
Our Cotswolds, Downton Abbey and Blenheim Palace Day Tour from London takes you to many places where the Downton Abbey TV series was filmed. We start the day with a visit to Yew
Available Every Monday from £174 per Person
See the real-life Downton village
Our Cotswolds, Downton Abbey and Blenheim Palace Day Tour from London takes you to many places where the Downton Abbey TV series was filmed. We start the day with a visit to Yew Tree Farm, which was the home of Mr Drewe and is a real-life working farm. The tour then takes us to the village of Bampton which was used extensively in the filming of the series. Highlights include the Downton Cottage Hospital, the surgery and Crawley’s family home. You’ll have time to walk around the village and perhaps stop for a cup of tea in the delightful village tearoom.
We then drive through the English countryside, along the narrow country lanes and through the rolling hills. We’ll make a quick photo stop at the tiny village of Swinbrook, where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed at the Swan Inn, and pause for lunch in the pretty town of Woodstock.
The afternoon is spent at the magnificent Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the grandest stately homes in England, the ancestral home to the Dukes of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Our tour departs from London and is fully guided with transportation by luxury mini-coach. The trip operates from April to mid-November, every Monday with departures from London.
Please note that this tour does not include a visit to Highclere Castle, which is the real-life Downton Abbey Castle. This is because the Castle is closed for most days of the years. However, we run separate Highclere Castle Tours on days when the castle is open.
Cogges Farm (Yew Tree)
Cogges Manor Farm
Depart London and drive into the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, famous for its picturesque landscapes and rolling limestone hills. Arrive at Yew Tree Farm, or better known as Cogges Manor Farm, the home of Mr Drewe and his family. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of this period farm where little has changed over the centuries. This authentic feel made it a perfect Dowton Abbey filming location, from its rustic kitchen to the farm buildings where Marigold, Lady Edith’s illegitimate daughter, was being raised. Your visit also includes a short video that explains how filming took place on the farm, and you’ll also have free time to explore the site on your own.
From here, we’ll take a scenic drive through the Cotswolds countryside. The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful regions in England, with spectacular landscapes and picture-postcard thatched roofed cottages.
The Cotswolds & Downton Village
The Village of Bampton
Our next stop is Bampton which is the real-life village of Downton. Bampton was used for many scenes and key events in the series. The old grammar school building served as Downton Hospital. St Mary’s Church was used for many key events, including weddings and funerals. Churchgate house was used as Crawley’s family home. You’ll have time to walk around the village and explore these Downton Abbey sites, and there is also a delightful tearoom and antique shop on the main street.
We continue the tour with a quick photo stop in the village of Swinbrook, where Lady Sybil and Branson stayed while planning their elopement.
We stop for lunch in Woodstock, a pretty town that has an excellent selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations.
The afternoon is spent at Blenheim Palace.
When in 1704, John Churchill defeated King Louis XIV’s French army in the Battle of Blenheim in present-day Germany, Queen Anne awarded him the title Duke of Marlborough, gave him extensive lands and paid for the building of a grand palace called Blenheim Palace. Designed by the greatest architect of the day and with magnificent landscaped gardens, it is one of the pre-eminent stately homes in England. In 1895, The 9th Duke of Marlborough married the American heiress, Consuelo Vanderbilt, who became the Duchess of Marlborough and used her considerable wealth to embellish the Palace with priceless art and furniture. The younger son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, Randolph Churchill, also married an American heiress, Jenny Jerome. Their son, Winston, was born at Blenheim in 1874 and, after a spectacular military career, entered politics, becoming Britain’s heroic wartime Prime Minister. He is generally considered to be the greatest Englishman of all time.
The palace contains magnificent state rooms filled with fine art, priceless furniture, and decorations. There is a permanent exhibition at Blenheim honouring Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston is buried in the nearby St Martins Church in the village of Bladen.
In 2018 British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a dinner in the magnificent state dining room for President Donald Trump.
As well as the magnificent palace, visitors can enjoy the splendour of the landscaped grounds and stunning gardens, including what is popularly considered ‘the finest view in England’.
A visit to Blenheim is a must for all those interested in British heritage.
07:45: Departure from London (see below for specific departure locations)
09:30: Visit Cogges Farm
11:00: Explore the village of Bampton
12:00: Drive through the Cotswolds & see Swinbrook. Stop at Woodstock for lunch
14:00: Visit Blenheim Palace
16:00: Leave Blenheim, arriving back in London at around 18:30
We offer three different departure locations which leave Central London in the morning. Our Cotswolds, Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace day tour from London.
Departure locations are as follows:
07:15: Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance
07:30: Outside the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (close by Marble Arch tube station)
07:45: Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (close to Gloucester Road Tube station
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
The tour ends in Central London at Victoria train station. This is one of the largest transportation hubs in London, with many different underground lines that link with the rest of the city.
A professional, friendly guide
Luxury transportation in a 16-seater minibus
Entrance fees to Blenheim Palace and Downton Abbey sites (Cogges Manor & Bampton Library)
Guaranteed maximum group size of 16 people
Fully refundable and amendable up until 7 days before travel, with flexible booking guarantee! You can view the booking conditions during the booking process, prior to confirmation of any booking