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 designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 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.
After visiting Blenheim, we will head out into the rolling hills of the Cotswolds; England's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As we make our way down the often winding, narrow roads that criss-cross this beautiful area, look out for dry stone walls made of local limestone that dot the countryside. It is believed that the length of these old walls, when added up, would stretch to a length equivalent to that of the Great Wall of China.
After a brief journey, we will arrive in the village of Bampton; one of the most quaint and picturesque of all Cotswold villages. This little village has provided 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.
Tour Starts: 9.00am, Victoria Coach Station (boarding commences at 8.30am)
Tour Finishes: approx 7.00pm, Victoria Train Station
Entrance to Blenheim Palace is included in the tour price. If you choose the option excluding entrances, tickets can be purchased from your Tour Guide.
12 June: due to an event taking place at Blenheim Palace, our coaches will not be able to park outside the Palace. The walk from where the coach stops to the Palace is about 5 minutes
Please Note: this tour does not visit Highclere Castle in the Downton Abbey series.
Disclaimer: This tour is an unlicensed and unauthorised tour of sites featured in the television series 'Downton Abbey' produced by Carnival Film and Television and NBCUniversal International Limited. Evan Evans Tours Limited and this tour does not have any association with, connection to, sponsorship by or endorsement of, the television series 'Downton Abbey', Carnival Film and Television or NBCUniversal International Limited.