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Depart Victoria coach station by comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and travel northwest into scenic Oxfordshire.

After approximately 1.5 hours on the road, stop at UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir William Churchill. Head inside, put on your audio headsets to hear commentary from your guide, and stroll around the opulent State Rooms of this magnificent stately house, built in the 1700s. Admire the priceless artworks and tapestries that adorn the walls and view the formal gardens on a leisurely walk in the grounds.

Back aboard your coach, soak up the views of the gorgeous Cotswolds region, where rolling green hills give way to stone-built market towns and thatched villages. Stop in the picture-postcard hamlet of Bibury, and amble past its famous weavers’ cottages, originally built as a wool store in 1380.

Drive on to idyllic Bourton-on-the-Water, sometimes known as ‘Little Venice’ for the series of handsome low bridges that cross the Windrush River that flows through the village center. Amble through the lanes and admire the lush greens, quaint shops and stone banks along the riversides.

Next, continue to Bampton, the classic English village that doubled as fictional Downton village in the famous TV drama series of Downton Abbey. View the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were wed, and the house that served as Isobel Crawley’s home. Pass the old school that was Downton Hospital and buildings that starred as two village pubs. While you’re here, take the opportunity to relax over lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant or café, and then return to London where your trip finishes at Victoria.
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Blenheim Palace
Arlington Row
St. Mary's Church
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Experience a wealth of England’s rural and historical treasures, and the fictional ‘Downton Abbey’ village, on this full-day trip from London with an expert guide. Marvel at splendid Blenheim Palace, the UNESCO-protected country house where Sir Winston Churchill was born, and discover the enchanting scenery of the Cotswolds, with visits to the idyllic villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water. Lastly, explore the pretty village of Bampton to see some of the locations where the much-loved TV series, ‘Downton Abbey’, was filmed, and enjoy time for lunch here before returning to London.
  • Full-day trip to Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Downton Abbey village from London, led by an expert guide
  • Explore Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the birthplace of Sir William Churchill
  • Revel in the quintessentially English villages and thatched-roof houses of the Cotswolds from the comfort of a luxury coach
  • Visit the charming villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the village of Bampton, featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included
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Reviewed 7 July 2018
Would do it differently

The bus was very comfortable, and the sites were amazing, but we didn't get to see as much of the villages and palace as we expected. At Bibury, there was no place to park the bus, so after a very short stop, we all had...More

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Evansadmin, Evans Evans team at Evan Evans Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review our Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds tour and we are sorry to hear you were disappointed with the experience. Would you be able to kindly send an email to reservations@evanevanstours.co.uk with your...More

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Amazing day trip

We had Phil for a guide who was absolutely amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and provided ample time at each destination. We loved the Cotswolds! Would love to go back. The small village of Brampton was a great stop if you are a Downton...More

Thank LandonsMimi
Evansadmin, Evan Evans Tours at Evan Evans Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2018

Dear LandonsMimi, We're delighted to hear that you had a great experience on our Evan Evans tour. Phil is such a brilliant guide with his knowledge and manner to tell the a story. It sounds like you had a great time in the Cotswold and...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile
Worst tour ever!

Please do not go on this tour! The title of it is misleading and the company is very hard to work with when things go wrong! First of all, if you don’t like being with a lot of people and taking forever to get on...More

2  Thank Allison D
Evansadmin, Call center consultant at Evan Evans Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Dear Allison D, We're very sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience We value and appreciate your strong feedback. Unfortunately due to the early closure the visit to Blenheim Palace wasn't possible. The venue guaranteed us entry on the day.However upon arrival...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018
A Most Enjoyable Day

First and most important, our guide Phil was the most personable, attentive, knowledgeable, and inexhaustible we have ever experienced. He regaled us for 10 hours. Second, our bus driver Bosco was superb. If you go on this tour, try to book this duo. The excursion...More

Thank Harry L
Evansadmin, Call Center Consultant at Evan Evans Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Dear Harry L, We're delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable tour with Evan Evans. We really appreciate your strong feedback on your Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds. Really fantastic to hear you think it rivals Versailles. We shall pass your...More

Reviewed 6 June 2018
... and so much more!

We were expecting a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and we got that plus so much more. The countryside was absolutely lovely ... from the sweet villages to the bright yellow canola fields to the narrow country roads that...More

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