01 May - 30 Sept: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & SundayDuration
Approx. 10 hoursStart time
The tour departs from Victoria Coach Station, Gate 1-5, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour returns to Victoria Train Station.
Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms have beautiful works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land, and its famous Marlborough Maze is fun for all ages.
Visitors marvel at the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds and visit the Great Tew where the traditional post office and the local pub give the village an atmosphere of days gone by.
Explore the filming locations of the famous TV series 'Downtown Abbey". On this tour you will be given a choice of activities in each destination, allowing you the flexibility to see what you would like to see.
You will be picked up from Victoria Coach Station (Gate 1-5) in a deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a guide to visit Blenheim Palace and The Cotswolds.
In each destination you can either spend time at leisure or choose from the activities listed below, unless otherwise indicated these activities incur an extra charge payable on the day:
• Blenheim Palace: Take a guided tour of the State Rooms. Alternatively choose a walking tour of the garden including the Marlborough Maze.
• The Cotswolds:With a variety of different villages there is something to see around every corner of the The Cotswolds. The magnificent high street in Burford* slopes gently away to the bridge that crosses the River Windrush, while the village of Bibury was described by William Morris as the 'prettiest village' in the Cotswolds.
• Downtown Abbey Village: Visit the street where many scenes from the Downton Abbey TV series were filmed. You can see the Church where a number of events from the British TV series were hosted, from weddings and funerals to the Downton Fair. Next to the church is Churchgate House which was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School which now houses the Bampton Library and Community Archive and served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the location for two local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.
At the end of the tour you will be returned to London. The tour ends at Victoria Train Station at 7:00pm.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Please arrive at the meeting point 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Folding wheelchairs can be taken on the coaches however customers must be able to climb the stairs on and off the coach.
Those booking senior or student options will be required to provide proof of age on the day of the tour. Anyone not able to provide such proof will be charged the additional amount locally.
At the start of the tour, guests are issued with a headset. During the walking sections the guide speaks to the guests using a radio microphone. With no interruptions from traffic noise, or other tour groups, guests now receive greater audio clarity and a far more intimate touring experience.
Tour well organised with experienced guide. We were lucky with good weather and tour was enjoyed thoroughly....Junichiro Igarashi
Tour well organised with experienced guide. We were lucky with good weather and tour was enjoyed thoroughly....Jay Igarashi
great tour, great tour guide, great experience! And yes, the Cotswolds are charming (visited 3 towns/villages) and Blenheim Palace was exquisite. This Evan Evans tour was our...SHERYL HANSEN