About this Sightseeing Tour

Full Day Small Group Tour No:IF8

Downton Abbey Filming Locations, Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace

Small Group Tours – Maximum 16/18 pax
Combine a visit to the magnificent and opulent Blenheim Palace, with a drive through the delightful Cotswolds to discover some of the filming locations from the popular TV series “Downton Abbey”.
? Maximum 16 people per tour
? Admission to Blenheim Palace and the Sir Winston Churchill Exhibition
? Visit Sir Winston Churchill’s grave in Bladon village
? Explore stunning Cotswolds villages & Downton Abbey filming sites
? Departures available from London & Oxford
Travel to the beautiful Cotswolds to visit some of the filming sites of the hit series Downton Abbey. We head over to the charming Oxfordshire hills and go in search of Downton filming locations. Our first stop is Cogges Manor Farm with its collection of friendly animals beautifully located on the banks of the River Windrush. We will learn of its role in Downton Abbey as “Yew Tree Farm” where Lady Edith’s daughter Marigold was brought up by the Drewe family. Visit the kitchens, see the farmyard and watch a special presentation video about the farm’s role in the television series.

After a coffee break, we continue to explore the region, stopping at Shilton with its shallow ford used in series two. On to Bampton to see St Mary’s church used for so many weddings, a funeral or two and a jilting when it became St Michael’s in Downton Abbey. See the cottage hospital and Mrs Crawley’s house during the guided walk. Visit the village green and see The Grantham Arms pub.

We then head to the village of Bladon to visit the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, before a lunch break in the vibrant and historic Cotswold town of Woodstock.
The afternoon is spent at the majestic Blenheim Palace built for Sir John Churchill between 1705 and 1724. The largest privately owned house in the country saw the birth of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874, and boasts over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Enjoy the Churchill exhibition and stroll through the delightful grounds before our return to London.
? This day trip is operated in partnership with Oxfordshire Cotswolds tourism. All destination images used have been provided by Oxfordshire Cotswolds. For further details of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds please go to http://www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org
? Disclaimer: International Friends Downton Abbey day trips and tours are not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Carnival Films, NBC Universal or Julian Fellowes and his representatives.
? International Friends would like to politely remind our guests to please bear in mind that although used as a filming location, Bampton is not a film set, and is home to many residents. Disrespectful behaviour, such as taking photographs through front room windows, sitting on or causing damage to residential property, or causing any distress to the residents of Bampton will not be tolerated. Any guests found to behave in this way may be asked to leave the tour and make their way back to London at their own expense.

*Schedule change for 2020*
Available April to October on the following Mondays only when Highclere Castle (see below tour) is not operating:
6th & 27th April 2020
18th May 2020
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th June 2020
6th July 2020
14th, 21st & 28th September 2020
5th, 12th, 19th & 26th October 2020

Departure Information:
07:30am – Outside the Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Cumberland Hotel)
On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre at aprox 18.30 hrs

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https://www.internationalfriends.co.uk/covid19-update.html

Last Updated: 30.12.2019