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Our most recommended Oxfordshire Castle & Palace Tours

  • London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

    1. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

    Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this 11-hour day-trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions. Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction. Continue to the uni...

    Mel Adam is such an excellent tour guide. I want him everytime i book a tour because I am coming back indeed :)

  • From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

    2. From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

    The first stop on this tour is Windsor Castle. With its sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it is easy to see why the castle is the Queen’s favorite weekend residence. Enjoy a fascinating through-the-keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. You can also visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel - the final resting place of the monarchs of old, including Henry VIII. The tour then moves onto spectacular Stonehenge. You will never forget your first glimpse of the monolithic rock formation rising up against the skyline of the Salisbury Plain. Theories abound as to Stonehenge’s mysterious origin? Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore this unique landmark. Your final stop of the day is the charming universit...

    The trip was really fantastic. Bruce - guide, very kind and funny person. I recomend this trip.

  • Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

    3. Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

    Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center. Downton Abbey Village Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured within the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of...

    It was a very good choice. Cotswold is a nice place to see. Especially when your guide gives you good insights of the place.

  • Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    4. Warwick, Oxford and Stratford Full-Day Tour from London

    Journey back more than 1,000 years and learn about the bloody battles and extravagant banquets of Warwick Castle. Admire the magnificent Great Hall and State Rooms, and climb the towers and ramparts for an archer’s view of the historic town. Join Richard Neville as he prepares for battle at the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction, or stroll through the landscaped gardens. Then, visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and get a fascinating insight into the life of the legendary playwright. See the scenic villages of the Cotswolds on the drive to Oxford, where you will embark on a walking tour of the university city on arrival. Admire the famous colleges that date back to the 13th century, and hear about former students such as Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Discover where Harry Potter was filmed at Christ Church college before the d...

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed hearing all the facts. She also was very helpful.

  • From Oxford: Cotswold Explorer Full-Day Tour

    5. From Oxford: Cotswold Explorer Full-Day Tour

    Start your unforgettable Cotswold journey by boarding the minibus in Oxford. Then, set off on a scenic drive to the charming village of Minster Lovell. Enjoy seeing the pretty thatched houses and exploring the ruined 15th century Hall. Continue the route through the idyllic villages of Asthall and Swinbrook to Burford, the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Make a stop here to give you time to stroll around the sloping High Street and browse in the quirky shops and cafes. Next, travel further on your panoramic drive through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons towards Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Take a walk along the quaint River Windrush crossed with delightful stone bridges. From Bourton-on-the-Water, follow the route through some enchanting Cotswold villages to Broadway with its golden stone houses. Find a pub or cafe for lunch in this village w...

    Isobel was our guide and David was our Tour driver. Isobel was very knowledgeable and helped us get around the beautiful Cotswold villages. The tour was well planned and we had ample time at every village to explore with Isobel highlighting the history and significance of each place. David and Isobel were both kind and even helped us to choose the best place to have our lunch and shopping. The tour even included stops at the eccentric lavender, poppy and wild flower fields. The tour along with Isobel and David made our day special.

  • Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

    6. Full-Day Downton Abbey, Oxford and Bampton Tour from London

    Explore Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Admire the architectural highlights of the many colleges. Next on this 10-hour tour is a visit to Bampton, the setting for the exterior village scenes in Downton Abbey. See the church, the house of Matthew Crawley's mother, homes transformed into the post office and various pubs. Head to Highclere Castle, the country seat of the Earls of Carnarvon. The tour of the Castle’s public rooms includes the magnificent main hall, the library, sitting rooms and other rooms featured in Downton Abbey. Take home a copy of Lady Carnarvon's book as a souvenir of your visit.

    Very knowledgeable guide. Probably packed too much in one day. Would have like to have additional time at Highclere castle

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

    7. From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

    This small-group tour takes place in England's most outstandingly beautiful countryside, the region of the Cotswolds. The small, executive vehicles allow the tour to go off the beaten track through the valley of the River Windrush, and along single track roads to the town of Burford. Take a guided walk to the historic church, then after further exploration, continue to the Coln Valley and the charming Bibury, once described as the prettiest village in England. Stroll through the water meadows and see historic Arlington Row, a group of ancient weaver's cottages. It's then onwards to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, all the while taking in the leafy, winding country lanes that big coaches cannot travel on.  After that, enjoy lunch at a traditional country pub. Menu choices include Pan Roast Chicken Breast, served with Potato Cake, Roast Carrots & Tarragon Cream, or Chef's veget...

  • Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

    8. Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

    Travel into Britain's past as you escape the hustle and bustle of London. Start off the day with a short walking tour of Oxford, home to one of the world’s most famous universities. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are seen as some of the finest architecture in Europe. There will be some free time to shop for souvenirs before heading through the Cotswolds towards Stratford. Private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall Described as ‘one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain,’ Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall opened it’s doors to the public for the first time in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer's death. Step back in time to the 1570’s when William Shakespeare was a pupil learning to read and write, and see the room where leading theater companies came to perform - a strong influenc...

    Very knowledgeable guide made this trip very interesting and enjoyable. We learnt so much more about Shakespeare, his environment and where he grew up.

  • Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

    9. Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds & Warwick Castle Day-Tour

    Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford's famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous 'dreaming spires' and see Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. You'll be captivated by the unspoilt narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Brasenose College Brasenose College takes its name from the unique door-knocker of the Hall. This beautiful Oxford University college was founded in 1509 by Sir Richard Sutton, a lawyer, and William Smyth, Bishop of Lincoln. Brasenose is a stunning example of traditional university architecture and is surrounded by lush green lawns and relaxing gardens. The college has been used as a filming location for both TV and movies. Past students includ...

    The tour was excellent, the guide was clear, friendly and new all the extra information that is not always given. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, even though it rained it did not spoil anything. Excellent service and good value for money. Thank you!

  • From London: Windsor and Blenheim Palace Small Group Tour

    10. From London: Windsor and Blenheim Palace Small Group Tour

    Start your day by meeting your tour guide at the pre-arranged meeting point in London at 8:45 AM. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and informative guide, set off on your educational adventure to Blenheim Palace. Built between 1705 and 1722, Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal stately home in England to hold the title of a palace. Explore the lavishly decorated State Rooms, take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens set in 2000 acres of stunning parkland and enjoy lunch made from locally-sourced, fresh ingredients (at your own expense). After this, discover the historic, quintessentially English town of Windsor, set in a glorious location on the River Thames. Wander the cobbled streets and browse the quaint tea rooms and shopping arcades as your guide brings the history of this fantastic town to life. The town is home to Windsor Castle, the oldest occupied...

    Our guide and driver were great. No one else signed up so we 3 had a private tour. Guide was very interesting on current topics as well as the history of the sites.

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What people are saying about Oxfordshire

Had the best cruise with Skipper Nick, the afternoon tea was fabulous, Nick gave us loads of interesting information as we cruised along the river taking in the sights! We sorted ourselves with Pimms to take on board from the restaurant that you cruise from, lovely staff and well organised! Get yourself booked in :)

Great trip left on time nice skipper Ben , very informative all the time we were onboard ,nice afternoon tea ,would do it again .

Lovely afternoon tea along the river, with the perfect guide. Would recommend this trip.

Absolutely fabulous, only 12 people on board too made it a very enjoyable experience

Excellent river cruise and a very indulgent afternoon tea. Thoroughly enjoyed it!