Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds day trip

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About

Step aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach and head north-west from London to discover the pretty area of the Cotswolds, with its rolling countryside and chocolate-box villages.

This guided tour also includes Blenheim Palace tickets, allowing you to explore the former home of Sir Winston Churchill.

London to the Cotswolds

Begin the day travelling from London through some of the most charming villages and rural scenery of the Cotswolds.

This quaint area of western England is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and spans Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

What can you do in the Cotswolds on the tour?

On this Cotswolds tour, you have a whole hour to explore charming Bourton-on-the-Water. This unique village has bridges and the river Windrush at its centre, giving it the nickname “the Venice of the Cotswolds”. It’s also home to plenty of shops and traditional tearooms.

You’ll also drive through picturesque villages and market towns, such as Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold, spotting houses built from the golden local stone along the way.

If you only have one day to explore the area, this is the best Cotswolds itinerary that finishes back in London.

Blenheim Palace tickets

In the afternoon, it’s time to visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, an 18th-century country house built in the English Baroque style. Your Blenheim Palace tickets allow you to explore the lavish State Rooms and a special Churchill exhibition, wander around the lake and discover gardens designed by famous landscape architect Capability Brown.

How long does it take to walk around Blenheim Palace?

This tour gives you around two hours to enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site – plenty of time to wander through the State Rooms and special exhibition, and to explore the well-manicured gardens.

Who lives in Blenheim Palace?

Blenheim Palace is home to the Dukes of Marlborough, with the current occupier being the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Charles James Spencer-Churchill, and his wife Edla Griffiths, Duchess of Marlborough.

Among its former residents is Sir Winston Churchill, who grew up in the palace as a child.

You’ll find out more about Britain’s wartime leader in a special permanent exhibition at Blenheim Palace, as part of the tour. Learn about Churchill’s time at the palace, uncover cherished family items, plus see the room in which he was born and the exact spot he proposed to his wife.

Where to meet the tour

Always check your booking confirmation or ticket for pick-up point and timings.

What time does the tour leave?

Check in at 8am. The coach departs at 8.30am. Don’t forget your e-ticket!

What time does the coach get back to London?

The tour arrives back in London at approximately 7pm. You’ll be dropped off in Victoria.

If the tour arrives back later than 7.45pm, you’ll be dropped off at Gloucester Road Underground Station (Zone 1), which is three stops away from Victoria by Tube.

Are there coronavirus safety measures in place?

Tour provider Golden Tours is recognised as Covid-19 safe through the “We’re Good to Go” tourism industry kitemark.

Safety measures include the thorough cleaning of the coaches, social distancing procedures and temperature checks for staff and passengers before departure. There are complimentary face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser dispensers on board.

Important information

COVID-19: Due to current restrictions, some parts of the tour may be temporarily unavailable, including the Churchill exhibition at Blenheim Palace. Check in advance for the latest information.

Venue Details & Map

Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds day trip

Address
Golden Tours Visitor Centre Victoria
Stop 3, Bulleid Way
Victoria
London
SW1W 9SH
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7233 7030

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