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Cotswolds Villages & Blenheim Palace Day Trip From London Plus Country Pub Lunch

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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Get a taste of the Cotswolds on a day trip from London, and discover the region’s famous honey-colored villages amid rolling green hills. Through a mix of walking tours and free time, get to know the market towns and villages of Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Savor lunch at one of England’s oldest inns, then spend the afternoon at Blenheim Palace—the birthplace of Sir William Churchill. Numbers are limited to 16 for a small-group experience.
  • Day trip to the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace from London
  • Visit centuries-old churches in Burford and Coln St. Dennis
  • Admire the picturesque stone cottages of Arlington Row in Bibury
  • Eat lunch in one of the country’s oldest inns with your guide
  • Explore Blenheim Palace and learn about Sir Winston Churchill
  • Enjoy a small-group experience with just 16 people per group
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English country pub lunch
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Tour of Cotswolds Villages
Entry to Blenheim Palace & Gardens
Lunch at one of the finest pubs in the Cotswolds

Departure Point

Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, London W1H 7DL, UK

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

London SW1W 0AH, UK
Rise early for a pickup in central London. Soon, the gray urban streets of the capital give way to the green of the countryside, and you start to see the serene villages of the Cotswolds.

Stretch your legs on a walk through the market town of Burford, and call in at the 900-year-old Church of St. John the Baptist where wool-sack tombs and other historic relics are on display. After a little free time, continue to Bibury, a dwelling that earned itself “the prettiest village in England” moniker.

Stroll alongside its 17th-century Arlington Row cottages, and admire the fish-filled streams and the village green. Back aboard your transport, venture higher into the Coln Valley and along the Roman Fosse Way.

Call in at the ancient church at Coln St. Dennis, then pass through Bourton-on-the-Water, the so-called "Little Venice of the Cotswolds." Gaze over the stone bridges as you meander through the hills to the Cotswold’s highest town: Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy free time here to explore the market square, then relax over lunch at one of England’s oldest inns.

In the afternoon, travel to Woodstock for a visit to Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Churchill, the palace also made its name in more recent years as a filming site from 'Downton Abbey.' Learn about the building’s history and elaborate gardens, and visit the dining hall, library, and even the room where Churchill was born.

Your day trip ends with a drop-off in London in the early evening.
Stop At:  
Burford Library
The tour will drive through beautiful villages until arriving at Burford, the elegant market town known as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Here you will take a guided walk to the 900 year old church of St John the Baptist and see unique woolsack tombs and historic memorials. After some free time you will depart and drive over to Bibury "the prettiest village in England" according to the art critic and writer William Morris. You can walk along the picturesque Arlington Row, one of the most photographed group of cottages in the country dating back to the 17th century, alongside clear trout filled streams and the village green. A single track country lane will take you up further up the Coln Valley and onto the 2,000 year old Roman Fosse Way.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Burford Library
Explore the area before our delicious lunch (included) at one of the finest pubs in the Cotswolds. 
Stop At:  
Bourton on the Water
Along this delightful secluded valley the tour will make a stop at the ancient stone church at Coln St Dennis, then onwards to Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Little Venice of the Cotswolds' with its stream running through the center of the village and a series of stone bridges.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square
Picture postcard houses nestle either side of the River Windrush as the tour follows the narrow lanes up to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds. This attractive market town was the center of the wool trade in the area when up to 20,000 sheep would be bought and sold at the annual fairs! It is the highest of the Cotswolds towns standing on the 800 feet high Stow Hill. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Blenheim Palace
You will then continue the guided tour down to Woodstock and the magnificent Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This stately home was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built between 1704 and 1722 for Sir John Churchill as a reward for defeating the French in the Wars of Spanish Succession. Beautiful landscaped grounds designed by Lancelot Capability Brown surround the Palace. Explore the opulent interior, see the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born and marvel at the great dinning hall and library. A wonderful way to end the day before our return to London.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available for lunch, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Itineraries are subject to change depending on road closures & conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY International Friends

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Cotswolds Villages & Blenheim Palace Day Trip From London Plus Country Pub Lunch?
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Jul 2019

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Great day trip
Bob R
, Sep 2019
Beautiful day in the mini bus with Debbie and Derek. Plenty of stops and Blienhiem was great. The mini bus is best for the narrow roads
Great Day in the English Country Side!
, Sep 2019
We had a very relaxing day in the Coltswolds! Jose our guide was great! Unfortunately Blenheim Palace was closed during our visit because someone stole a solid gold toilet! Go figure! But we made the best of it anyway!
Not bad but could be better
Grant P
, Jul 2019
At nearly $200 USD per person, this was not a cheap day out. Our tour guide met us on time at the Hard Rock Hotel but the minibus was 20 mins late. Once underway, we drove to Oxford without too much fuss to pick up another two passengers then into the Cotswolds with 10 people plus the driver and guide. Our first stop was in a small valley where the Swan Inn is located. The sun was out and the small street with the inn and some thatched roof cottages were really beautiful. We had 15 mins here. We then drove to Bibury on some single track roads but unfortunately we seemed to be 5 mins too late as just ahead of us were two coach loads of Asian tourists who swarmed up the little road and took over the area. We only drove through Burton on the Water to our lunch spot in Burford. Burton on the Water was a busy place with lots of people picnic'ing along the banks of the stream and seemed to have countless eateries. Although Burford was quite a nice place, Burton would have been a much better place to spend the lunch break. The included pub lunch was apparently at a new hotel and was a cheap & nasty grilled chicken dish with a softdrink. Viator indicated it was a two course lunch but there was only one and it was very forgettable. The driver & guide headed into the main street of Burford for lunch and had something far nicer! We would recommend less time in Burford and at Blenheim Palace and make Burton on the Water the lunch stop and allow time for people to do their own thing. This would make the day much more memorable. Blenhein Palace was quite nice but far too much time was allowed here. We ended up sitting under a tree watching a local cricket match for a while to fill in time. Overall it was a nice way to see part of the Cotswold area but we think the comments made above would suit most people and make it more special.
Great little tour! Seeing all of the...
Jake S
, Feb 2018
Great little tour! Seeing all of the Little Cotswolds villages was amazing. Going to the oldest pub in England was a special treat. Then to see Blenheim Palace was incredible. The history is amazing. But the size of the palace is remarkable. Defiantly worth a trip!
This was a wonderful tour. Andrew...
, Oct 2017
This was a wonderful tour. Andrew was a great guide. It was worth the extra money to be in a small group. The lunch was good and the restaurant was lovely. It was an organized and well run tour and I would highly recommend it.
Excellent tour! He was willing to...
, Sep 2017
Excellent tour! He was willing to customize any way we wanted....very knowledgeable and engaging. Cotswolds were fabulous. Lunch was very good. Could've done without Blenheim...boring unless you're a history buff.

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