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".
Small group tour in a minibus with a knowledgeable guide
Admission to Blenheim Palace and the Sir Winston Churchill Exhibition
Visit to Sir Winston Churchill's grave in Bladon village
Visit Bampton ("Downton Village" in the TV series)
Admission to Cogges Farm ("Yew Tree Farm" in the TV series)
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 '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
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Arrive at Cogges Farm
Bampton and drive through Cotswolds with photo stop at Shilton
Woodstock for Lunch
London Victoria Station
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07:20am Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street, (MAP) Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road
07:30am Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
07:45am Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (MAP) (wait on Cromwell road by bus stop, not outside hotel entrance) Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road