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Edwardian Lords and Ladies including Downton Abbey

5 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

Edwardian Britain at its best, revealed through a five-day tailored itinerary exploring several filming locations.

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About this trip

Follow the struggles and triumphs of the intriguing Grantham family at their grand country home of Downton Abbey. This is Edwardian Britain at its best, revealed through a five-day tailored itinerary exploring several filming locations, including London, Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle which doubles as the family's home, and the beautiful villages of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds that feature prominently, including Bampton and Cogges Farm, among others.


Trip type: Special Interest

Trip code: CF0001

4 Nights

accommodation

6 Meals
  • 4 full breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Edwardian Lords and Ladies including Downton Abbey

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive London

Welcome to London, capital of Great Britain. Relax after check-in at your centrally located hotel or take a stroll down Oxford Street - one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception at a nearby traditional British pub.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Cumberland

2. London Sightseeing – Oxford (2 Nights)

This morning enjoy an included half-day morning sightseeing tour featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. See the Changing of the Guard before the tour finishes in central London for free time for lunch. Later travel to the city of dreaming spires - Oxford. A short walking orientation of the city will show you the main sights and give you the opportunity to admire the magnificent architectural highlights of one of the world's greatest and oldest universities.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Holiday Inn

3. Excursion to Blenheim Palace, Cogges Farm and Bampton

Today enjoy a full-day excursion from Oxford into the picturesque Cotswold countryside to discover some of the film locations and stories behind Downton Abbey. First visit the impressive Blenheim Palace which was built for the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill from 1704 to 1722. With interiors designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this historic stately home was also birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874. During your guided tour with a Local Specialist, discover how the aristocracy lived and gain an insight into the 'upstairs and downstairs' of class conscious life. Enjoy some free time after the visit of the house to take in the splendid gardens. Later visit Cogges Farm (Yew Tree Farm) which first appeared in Series 4 of Downton Abbey with Mr.Drewe as the tenant farmer. Learn of the storyline between Charles Blake the government adviser sent in to consult Downton and surrounding estates on how to survive changing times, and Lady Mary, entrusted with the running of the estate following Matthew's death. Learn of the relationship between land owners and tenant farmers and explore the great house and historic farm buildings. Finally stop in the village of Bampton which was used extensively for filming. Bampton Library was Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctors surgery; St. Mary's Church became Downton Church and Churchgate House was used for the exterior shots of the Crawley family home. Later return to your hotel in Oxford after a full day of Downton Abbey experiences - the perfect way to set the scene for tomorrows highlight visit.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
The Cumberland

4. Oxford – Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) – London

Today's highlight is a visit to the magnificent Highclere Castle which is where the hit TV series Downton Abbey was filmed. Explore the Castle's public rooms and see where many of the scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed. The architect of the castle was Sir Charles Barry - famed for his role in rebuilding the Palace of Westminster - also known as the Houses of Parliament. The main hall, library and sitting rooms are particularly impressive. Enjoy the fantastic gardens and consider visiting the tea rooms before your return to London. This evening meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with a toast to your unforgettable Edwardian experience.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

5. Depart London

After breakfast, say farewell to London and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a fabulous Edwardian escape. London Airport Transfer services are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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    Visit the magnificent Highclere Castle for an insight into the lives of the fictional Grantham family from Downton Abbey

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in London and at Blenheim Palace and Cogges Farm

    • Orientation of Oxford and Bampton

    • View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace

    • Visit Blenheim Palace and its gardens, and Highclere Castle


What's Included

Dining

    • 4 full breakfasts

    • 2 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your Trafalgar London hotel

    • Use of Trafalgar's London Reception Centre offering a range of services including tickets for day trips and local attractions

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • London airport transfer service is available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfers page link below for details

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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