Blenheim Palace Tour and The Cotswolds Custom Day Trip from London

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Blenheim Palace Tour and The Cotswolds Custom Day Trip from London
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Discover England’s outstanding beauty and rich historical and cultural heritage on this day trip from London. In the company of an expert guide, get up close to the grandeur of Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO-listed Baroque manor house where Sir Winston Churchill was born. Then, enjoy a panoramic tour of the Cotswolds, with stops at two of the region’s most beautiful parishes. End your tour with a trip to Bampton, the quintessential village that featured as Downton village in hit TV show 'Downton Abbey.'
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In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
Seasonal:
May  2017 to September 2017 
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

May  2018 to September 2018 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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Stop At: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP England

Blenheim Palace

This awe-inspiring stately home, the current private residence of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, is perhaps best-known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Admire the stunning details behind the portraits, tapestry and furniture in the lavishly decorated State Rooms, which includes furniture ornate furniture by Boulle, Savonniere carpet and the iconic 'Victories' series of tapestries celebrating the Duke's victory over the French armies of 'The Sun King', Louis XIV, at the Battle of Blenheim.

Enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped formal gardens and more than 2,000 acres of parkland, or walk in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill; visit his most cherished outdoor places on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, including the spot where he proposed to Clementine Hozier. (Please note that admission is not included. You can purchase a ticket on the day of the tour)

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Evan Evans Tours, Road Victoria 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BS England

Evan Evans Tours is the oldest and largest sightseeing company in London and has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930.

Evan Evans Tours is owned by The Travel Corporation of 25 highly successful travel and tourism companies including Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays and Red Carnation Hotels. The Travel Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and guest service and this this follows for each individual brand.


Stop At: Bourton on the Water, Windrush river, Bourton-on-the-Water England

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in the rural Cotswolds area of south-central England. Straddling the River Windrush, it’s known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. The Cotswold Motoring Museum features vintage cars and a toy collection. Birdland is home to species including parrots, owls and king penguins, plus life-size model dinosaurs. The Model Village is a 1930s scale replica of the village. *Please note that you will show you Bourton on the Water or Bibury*

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Burford Library 86A High Street, Burford OX18 4QF England

Burford is a small medieval town on the River Windrush in the Cotswold hills in West Oxfordshire district of Oxfordshire, England. It is often referred to as the 'gateway' to the Cotswolds. Burford is located 18 miles west of Oxford and 22 miles southeast of Cheltenham, about 2 miles from the Gloucestershire boundary.
*Please note that you will show you Bourton on the Water or Bibury*

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Bampton Library Old Grammar School Church View, Bampton OX18 2NE England

The picturesque village of Bampton; the filming location for many of the famous landmarks featured on the popular period drama television series, Downton Abbey. You’ll see the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church, and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

Duration: 45 minutes

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Free WiFi on coach

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to Blenheim Palace and Gardens is not included.
  • Entry/Admission - Blenheim Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bourton on the Water
  • Entry/Admission - Burford Library
  • Entry/Admission - Bampton Library

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RH, UK

Returns To

Vauxhall Bridge Road, Vauxhall Bridge Rd, Westminster, London, UK

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note: this tour does not visit Highclere Castle
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

More than I was expecting.Great tour ,tour guide Lesley was fantastic.She is a wealth of knowledge.Moe our driver made you feel secure while he was driving.Dave L
• Submitted 01 Nov 2019
Gorgeous, convinience, Crisy was our tour guide, she has been looked after all of us well. Unfortunately, it was showering all the day, we are all wet and dry. We are very happy.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
A wonderful day in the beautiful Cotswolds. Our tour guide Nigel was ver knowledgeable and entertaining. He did a fantastic Winston Churchill voice! Mo, the driver, negotiated the narrow roads with skill. A great day out.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
All day tour, nicely paced and made more enjoyable by guide Phil who was very enjoyable and knowledgeable
• Submitted 13 Sep 2019
This is a long day and an unusual combination of attractions, perhaps, but we enjoyed it very much. A visit to Bampton, the small village which hosted Downton Abbey's tv filming (though NOT a visit to Highclere Castle- that's a different tour), lunch in another lovely Cotswold's town, Bourton-on-the-Water, and a couple of hours at Blenheim made for a neat day. Blenheim actually needs a full day on site to do it justice, but we ran through the interior and saw a small portion of the extensive grounds in the time allotted. This is very rewarding for Churchill students. Kevin, our bi-lingual guide, was fun, informative and professional as he adroitly and diplomatically managed a mixed group of English speakers and Japanese only, as well as some who spoke neither language. Steve, the driver, was a wizard at navigating the busy London streets as well as narrow country roads. They are great resources to help tourists find restaurant and transit options, as well as being informative during the trip.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Truly enjoyed the trip to Blenheim and the Cotswolds. Nigel was a fantastic host, with a lot of great knowledge into the history of the place and people....and he can do a great Churchill impression!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I highly recommend this tour even though it rained all day. Tour guide Alan was full of information. Pointed out where movie scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed and lots of additional information for Blenheim. The driver Graham was excellent getting in and out of small spaces.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Nice ride. Enjoyable stops. Wonderful guide. Great overview of Cotswolds and Blenheim. Guide Phil provided extra effort and service throughout.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2018
This was my 5th Viator trip in England within the year and by far one of the nicest. This itinerary was very different as we spent more time in the Cotswolds and were able to enjoy some of the quaint villages instead of the bigger cities. We meet at Victoria Coach Station which could not have been easier. We walked in went to the Evans Evans counter and were told what area to wait in Track 2. Our guide, Kevin, and our driver, Paul, with Evans Evans Tours were both just wonderful. Diligent, interesting, comical and Kevin kept everyone on schedule. They were mindful of everyone on the tour. The bus was comfortable and we felt safe at all times. They really made the difference it was fun and everyone enjoyed the day. A very quick stop to the village of Bampton the Downtown Abbey village could have been eliminated because there was really not much to see there. Service was going on so we were not allowed in the church, other than that there is just the Crawley house and a tiny visitor center. More time could have been spent in Bilbury or Bourton-onthe-Water since Bampton was included on the Downton Abbey tour that I had taken on another day. The village of Bibury was quite charming and really did look like a place from a different era or from a Beatrix Potter book. Bourton-on-the-Water lives up to its reputation as one of the prettiest villages in England. There were many choices of how to spend our time there with shops, restaurants and attractions. We chose to have lunch with a traditional Sunday Pot Roast dinner and had more food than we could eat - plus it was delicious dismissing the myth of terrible English food. We walked along the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges to look into the shops on High Street and just had to stop for Churchills Ice Cream. Again, a delicious treat on a lovely day. What makes this village so unusual is this river which we would call a creek. Families were lining the banks having picnics and on this day the water could not have been more than 18 deep and crystal clear. The kids were really enjoying it. The many tiny stone bridges were fun to cross back and forth to see into different shops, tea rooms, museums and bakeries. Virtually no vehicular traffic. And then the main attraction, Blenheim Palace. I have seen many royal palaces but this huge private palace was breathtaking. The property was beautiful and the park grounds are open to the public. It seemed to be a great destination if you are planning a stay in this area which I would recommend. The building itself with 187 rooms was immense. Built between 1705 and 1722 each room was meticulously decorated and furnished just as it was. The Great Hall, the Library and the Chapel show the magnitude of the importance of this estate. All the rooms held priceless treasures and the Churchill Museum rooms were a wealth of knowledge. In one word it was spectacular. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2018
This trip was great and worth the price. Our guide Celia was wonderful and she and the driver made our trip. Even though there was a small mishap not caused by tour or guide, but by crazy driver who ran into my husband even though we were standing on side of road in a very small village lady just ran into him with her car thank heavens he wasn't hurt guide was very upset but it wasn't her fault. We love the places we visited and wouldn't hesitate to book again.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
Only 1 hour at Blenheim
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
Excellent tour. Our tour guide Phil was outstanding. He had so much info and was a delight. Had been to London many times but the countryside and it is definitely worth it. Blenheim also was very interesting particularly for Churchill fans. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 06 Sep 2017
This was a good day and we really enjoyed the Cotswolds!
• Submitted 05 Jul 2017
It was a great trip that took us to beautiful parts of the Cotswalds, including the Downton Abbey village of Bampton. My only complaint is that 25 minutes was not enough for the stop here and in Bibury. But our bus driver, Tom, was very capable and our guide, Chrissy, was excellent and very thorough and very good at directions and explaining what we were seeing. Our trip back to the city was very well organized.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
Had a great day with Lesley on this tour. Could have spent more time at the place and gardens though. But over all a wonderful tour.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2016
Great tour. Sandra was superb as a guide.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2016
This tour was really well done. My tour guide, Debra, was so knowledgable, hilarious, and kind. I was kind of skeptical about how many 5-star ratings these trips have, but now I understand why.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
Loved our tour guide Shiela made the day fun Blenheim Palace was lovely to see just wish we had more time
• Submitted 29 May 2016
A very nice and knowledgeable guide. Relaxed and friendly. The itself was nice, a long day, but still relaxed and we got a lot of information. A perfect tour if you want the overview of Cotswold. Blenheim Palace needs a full day to see it all
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
Excellent tour - our guide Sheila was a lot of fun and very informative. The tour gave you a great taste of the Cotswolds enough to want to go back!!.
• Submitted 26 May 2016
Great tour/leader and enjoyed the bus drive there and seeing the Cotswolds. Only negative was that I accidently left my camera at Blenheim, and it was not turned in. Otherwise, a great trip.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2015
Very good tour- it was great seeing the lovely Cotswolds and there was just enough time for the Palace though not enough for its gardens. Our guide Norma was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2015
We had a great time on this tour! The coaches were on time and our tour guide, Kevin was ve entertaining and informative The places we visited - Blenheim Palace and he Cotswold's - were beautiful and an amazing experience. Downtown Abbey, however, was a little disappointing. I really recommend this trip!
• Submitted 02 Sep 2015
Lovely tour guide. A great day out. Got some lovely pictures and was amazed by the gardens of Blenheim Palace. Loved seeing Churchill's birthplace.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2015

In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
Seasonal:
May  2017 to September 2017 
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

May  2018 to September 2018 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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