When Highclere Castle is closed you can still visit Downton Abbey sites in the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds, and end at the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace.

Available selected Mondays, April to October

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Prices from$249 per person

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”.

  • Maximum 16 people per tour
  • Admission to Blenheim Palace and the Sir Winston Churchill Exhibition
  • Visit Sir Winston Churchill’s grave in Bladon village
  • Explore stunning Cotswolds villages & Downton Abbey filming sites
  • Departures available from London & Oxford
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 Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Enjoy the Churchill exhibition and stroll through the delightful grounds before our return to London.

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