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'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the lives of the fictional Crawley family on a full-day tour of 'Downtown Abbey' filming locations from London. Explore the picturesque county of Oxfordshire as you visit charming villages like Bampton, Cogges, and Swinbrook to see sites the popular TV drama was filmed at. Discover the regal majesty of UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace and the history behind the home of Winston Churchill, and then return to London by luxury coach in the evening.
  • 'Downton Abbey' filming locations and Blenheim Palace tour from London
  • Hear insider gossip about the scandals of 'Downton Abbey'
  • See the church where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley
  • Visit Shilton, Swinbrook, and Bladon to see some of the TV show's filming sites
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, and learn about its eminent ex-residents
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Professional guide
Entry to Blenheim Palace
Entry to Cogges Manor Farm
Guided tour of Bampton
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Hard Rock Cafe, Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, Marylebone, London W1H 7DL, UK

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

London Victoria Rail Station, Victoria, London SW1W 0AH, UK
Depart from a central London location in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach, and admire the undulating limestone hills of Oxfordshire as you travel towards your first stop. Listen to entertaining anecdotes and insider gossip surrounding 'Downtown Abbey' as you travel, and hear tales and trivia about the popular TV drama and its global fan base.

First, stop at a charming farm near Cogges, and refresh with a hot drink (own expense) as you admire the filming locations scattered around the farmland. Continue to Bampton to admire the stone cottages and winding English streets. Recognize famous 'Downtown Abbey' sites, such as the village church and the Crawley family home. Plus scour the scenery for shops and pubs featured in the show.

Travel onward to the ancient village of Shilton, and visit an ambient pub featured in 'Downtown Abbey.' Hear of how Lady Sybil eloped with the family chauffeur, and then head to Blenheim Palace for a comprehensive tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancestral home of Winston Churchill.

Marvel at the stately grandeur of the residence as you approach, and then venture within to delve into the rich historical heritage of the structure. Stroll through the opulent State Apartments, wander the landscaped beauty of the gardens, and then return to your comfortable coach. Relax on the journey back to central London, where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cogges
Leave London’s Marble Arch by air-conditioned minivan, and travel west to the rolling limestone hills of Oxfordshire. On the journey, your guide will keep you entertained with tales and trivia about the Downton Abbey TV series that has a fan base spread all over the world. Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the British period drama of Downton Abbey documents the dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days leading up to and after World War I. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Mary, and discover little-known facts about the shooting locations included on your tour. Stop at a farm nestled in the hills near Cogges and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in the farm’s rustic cafe before you check out filming locations around the farm.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cogges Manor Farm
Filmed mostly in and around Oxfordshire, the British period drama of Downton Abbey documents the dramas and scandals of the fictional Crawley family and their servants in the days leading up to and after World War I. Hear insider gossip about characters such as Lady Mary, and discover little-known facts about the shooting locations included on your tour. Stop at a farm nestled in the hills near Cogges and enjoy a hot drink (own expense) in the farm’s rustic cafe before you check out filming locations around the farm.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bampton Library
Continue to Bampton in the Cotswolds. The stone cottages and leafy, twisting streets in this quintessential English village might look familiar; scenes depicting the Downton village are often shot here and appear throughout the entire series. On a walking tour, see the village church — the site of Lady Mary’s wedding to Matthew Crawley — and the house that was once used as the Crawley family home. Stroll along the main street, spotting shops and the fictional Grantham Arms pub that appear in many episodes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Swan Inn
Travel onward to the historical village of Shilton to explore its center, including a quaint village pub that is surrounded by ponds, medieval bridges and wells. From Shilton, we will travel to the Swan Inn at Swinbrook for a photo stop, where Lady Sybil eloped with the family chauffeur Branson.
Stop At:  
Blenheim Palace
While not used as a Downton Abbey filming location, one can imagine the palace's stately grandeur that would impress the Crawley family. Take a walking tour that delves into the history of Winston Churchill's ancestral home, originally given to the first duke of Marlborough as a gift from the English Parliament. Wander through the State Apartments, and then explore a section of the beautiful landscaped gardens that feature the Temple of Diana. Finally, return to your minivan and travel back to London where your tour finishes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY International Friends

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London?
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The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

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What is the policy on sanitization during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London?
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during 'Downton Abbey' TV Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour from London?
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This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Great day outside of London
FuFamily
, Nov 2019
We had a terrific tour with Amber. I really enjoyed visiting Bampton Village and Woodstock. Blenheim Palace is amazing. A great day!
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early morning start for the tour...
Raewyn C
, Oct 2017
early morning start for the tour, but who cares we could not wait, the yew tree farm was really good, loved that, the tour guide was very well informed i found the village part of the tour quite rushed, Blenheim palace was wonderful, we had time to do our own thing here, the grounds were beautiful there is a shop which is well stocked and cafe to relax in or grab an ice cream and sit in the gardens my only moan is that we got back to london an hour earlier, perhaps that hour could have been spent in the village and our lunch break was not long enough by the time we got served and our meal arrived it was time to leave with some of our lunch left behind but in saying that i loved it
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I can only give this tour 3 stars as...
Carolyn A
, Sep 2017
I can only give this tour 3 stars as it was not all I had hoped for. The tour guide, although very familiar with all of it, was in a hurry and cut our tour short by about 3 hours. My friends and I felt pushed and rushed so not able to get all the photos we had hoped for. Apparently, she had told one of my friends she was in a hurry to get some shopping done and spend time with her family. We did enjoy what we saw. The guide also stated a couple facts about Downton Abbley that were not correct, unless the British version is very different from the American one. Blenheim was wonderful but again, we were rushed and not able to enjoy all it had to offer.
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We were most disappointed in the...
allan r
, Aug 2017
We were most disappointed in the tour. We left London reasonably on time but unknown to us we had to stop in Oxford to pick up two more passengers. This added at least 30 minutes each way to what was already a long drive from London. Our guide had no fun inside information on Downton Abbey and her depth of knowledge on the TV series was limited. We knew the we were not going to see the actual Downton Abbey Highclere Castle closed for filming. The other Downton Abbey stop were underwhelming. We only had 45 min to eat lunch in a quaint village and had no time to explore the town. Blenheim was FANTASTIC. Should have spent the entire day at Blenheim. I would not recommend this tour with its present itinerary.
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A must for all Downton Abbey fans...
Lee
, Jul 2017
A must for all Downton Abbey fans! Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site and was a highlight of our trip to England. Winston Churchill's birthplace and childhood home. Don't miss seeing this amazing, historical palace and gardens.
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First, as others have noted, our...
Gregg B
, Jun 2017
First, as others have noted, our tour guide, Tony, was not only knowledgeable but had a great wit. It was a perfect match for our group of four - who coincidentally, were all from California. As we were a small group with a smaller coach we had some flexibility in our day and were able to visit some other areas. For me the Blenheim Palace was the best. Highly recommend a day with Tony.
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After seeing the series on PBS, I...
Elisa B
, Nov 2016
After seeing the series on PBS, I was eager to see the show's filming sites. It was worth the day trip! I also learned some local bits about the places we visited in the morning. Blenheim Palace is really beautiful! Of interest, the current ducal family still lives in part of the palace which isn't open to the public. Since we were a small group of 6, our driver dropped us off at requested spots in London.
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Enjoyed the tour. Irish Tony knew...
Lois H
, Sep 2016
Enjoyed the tour. Irish Tony knew his stuff and was a great driver. We had a smallish group so it was more personal. Enjoyed all the Downton sites and now want to watch all the episodes again. Blenheim Palace is beautiful.
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Unbelievable! Everything I could have...
cad
, Sep 2016
Unbelievable! Everything I could have hoped for and more.
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This tour was excellent!! The tour...
Deborah H
, Jul 2016
This tour was excellent!! The tour guide Debbie and the bus driver Tony were super. Debbie's additional insight and knowledge made it that much better. I will look for them for future tours.
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