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Downton Abbey and the Cotswolds

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Take a trip back in time to the set of Downton Abbey on our full-day tour to Highclere Castle and the Cotswolds.  Our tour departs from Oxford and takes you first to Highclere Castle,  the splendid home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.  You have a chance to visit the castle and see where the filming took place and also to visit the beautiful castle grounds.  We then take you to the delightful village of Bampton which was the backdrop for the village of Downton.  Enjoy lunch in the charming market town of Burford and then an enchanting drive stopping in some of the quaint villages of the North Cotswolds before returning to Oxford.

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Stop At: Highclere Castle Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN England

Your tour begins with a drive through the medieval city of Oxford en route to Highclere Castle. Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and is now famous for being the location of the popular t.v. series 'Downton Abbey'. Enjoy visiting the castle and the gardens and seeing where scenes from 'Downton Abbey' were filmed. The castle also has beautiful grounds which you will have time to explore.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre, St Michael & All Angels Church Station Road, Bampton EX16 9NG England

We leave Highclere Castle and return to Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, starting with a visit to the charming village of Bampton, with its quaint stone houses and cottages. Bampton was the location for the village of Downton in 'Downton Abbey'. You will have time to visit St Mary's Church and the village library, both of which were used in the filming of this much-loved t.v. series.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Burford, Burford, Cotswolds, England

You will then take a short drive to the sloping market town of Burford, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Here you can lunch in one of the many cafes or pubs and then browse in some of the quirky shops and art galleries.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St Mary's Church, Swinbrook, Burford England

A pretty drive through some beautiful scenery takes us to the idyllic village of Swinbrook. Enjoy a walk through the village and see the Swan pub. The pub was used in the filming of 'Downton Abbey' but was also famously associated with the Mitford sisters, who lived in the village at one time.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Minster Lovell, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxfordshire, England

Your last stop is in the picturesque and unspoilt village of Minster Lovell, by the sparkling River Windrush. Enjoy visiting the ruined manor and strolling through the village with its delightful thatched cottages. From Minster Lovell you return to Oxford.

Duration: 40 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance ticket to Highclere Castle
  • Pick up from North Oxford Hotels on request
  • Pick up from Oxford Station on request
  • Entry/Admission - Highclere Castle

  • Lunch

Departure Point
Taylor Institution Library, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3NA, UK

Departure Time
9:00 AM

9 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Cotswold Exploring in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

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Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.