Spend a day exploring the beauty of the Cotswolds during this Downton Abbey Filming Locations and Blenheim Palace Tour! The day begins with a visit to Blenheim Palace, a stunning country home in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The tour will travel through the quaint village of Woodstock before arriving at Blenheim Palace.
You will then visit some very familiar-looking sights as you travel into the heart of Downton country to the villages of Bampton and Shilton. These picturesque villages were used for scenes from the television series and you will be able to see famous locations first hand! You will also enjoy a delicious lunch in the Cotswolds and visit Cogges Farm.
Early arrival at Blenheim Palace ensures an almost private visit to this fairytale mansion! Explore the luxurious State Rooms and learn about the Palace’s 300 year history. You will be able to take a stroll through the landscape gardens designed by Capability Brown and take photos of the grounds and the shimmering lake.
Following your visit to Blenheim Palace, the tour will then take a short drive to the Cotswolds village of Bampton. This lovely village has been used extensively throughout the series of Downton Abbey and has many beautiful 17th and 18th century houses. Bampton Library was used for Downton Cottage Hospital and doctor’s surgery, St. Mary’s Church became Downton Church and Church Square and Churchgate House was used for exterior shorts of the Crawley family home!
You will be able to walk along the street used for shops in the show and see the post office and Grantham Arms., where Tom Branson lodged for a short while.
Enjoy a drive through the village of Shilton as your Downton Abbey-inspired tour continues! Shilton is located close to the old Roman road known as Akeman Street and in this village you will find The Red Lion public house, where Mr Bates went to work after he left Downton Abbey in series two of the show.
Lunch in Burford
Relax in Burford, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, during an optional two course lunch. Burford features a stunning medieval bridge, traditional stone houses and a selection of Tudor and Georgian frontages.
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Yew Tree Farm (Cogges)
The last stop on your Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds Tour is Yew Tree Farm (Cogges). This farm first appeared in series four with Mr Drewe as the tenant farmer! You will learn about the developing storyline between Charles Blake, handsome government advisor, and Lady Mary, now entrusted with the running of the estate following Matthew’s death.
At Yew Tree Farm, enjoy a short tea break in the rustic cow shed Cafe at Cogges before exploring the great house and traditional farm buildings. You’ll recognise the location of the now famous ‘pig scene’, featuring the characters of Charles Blake and Lady Mary!
After departing Yew Tree Farm, the tour will then return to London for approximately 6.30pm.
Free Walking Tour
The perfect accompaniment to your tour is a free walking tour. Fun, informative and a great way to see the city. Get you up close and personal with a number of London hotspots well-loved by the rich and famous. Get inside information about the Royal family’s favourite London haunts or discover where iconic band The Beatles made music and let their hair down. Your free walking tour can be taken at any time during your stay.
- The Royal Walking Tour
- The Beatles London Walking Tour