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Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

Traveling down the University Regatta course, the boat passes Christ Church Meadows, the University College Boat Houses, and other landmarks on your way to Iffley lock. This is often a busy and vibrant section of the river where training rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats jostle for river space in a wonderful display of Oxford at play. Passing through the lock at Iffley is an experience in itself. The river scenery and fascinating buildings combine to form a picture perfect location. Beyond Iffley you will travel into the tranquil water meadows that surround Oxford and there are abundant opportunities to spot wildlife amongst the green banks and overhanging willows. The boat turns for home at Rose Island, a favourite destination of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell on their river journeys. Aboard the boat an indulgent afternoon tea is provided by the renowned riverside restaurant, the Folly. The traditional menu typically includes: a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of cakes, tarts, or petit fours, and tea.

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

2. 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.

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

3. 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 university town of Oxford. Here you will enjoy a walking tour with free leisure time. Stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. The tour will finish at approximately 07:15 PM in London.

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

4. 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 Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

London: Windsor, Oxford, and Stonehenge Tour

5. London: Windsor, Oxford, and Stonehenge Tour

Uncover the charms of picturesque Windsor, explore the academic centre of excellence that is Oxford, and marvel at ancient Stonehenge in its majestic grandeur on this full-day tour departing from London. Leave in the morning and drive to Windsor, a place awash with natural beauty. Discover the 17th-century historical monuments that line its cobbled streets. You can also choose the option to visit the home of Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s largest and oldest castle. Later, make your way to Stonehenge, its rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Was this mysterious site a temple, a clock, or a burial ground? Decide for yourself as you explore the landmark that has had the world stumped for 5,000 years. Finally, head to Oxford for a walking tour. Follow in the footsteps of the city's famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town. Take in the famous "city of dreaming spires" and see the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, on your visit. Be captivated by the narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town.

From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

6. From London: Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds Day Trip

Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour to see some of England's most glorious sights and countryside. Travel in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, and enjoy an intimate, personalized experience as you visit Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds villages. Head out of the city on a route that shows you some of off-the-beaten-path London, and your guide will provide full commentary along the way. Then travel into the countryside, heading north-west to picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. Before you arrive in Stratford, hear about the town’s history and its most famous resident, William Shakespeare. On arrival you’ll have the option of visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace if you wish, or you can explore the town on your own. Enjoy lunch in Stratford, and then take a guided walk through the town that includes a stop at the unusual church where Shakespeare is buried. Leaving Stratford the tour heads south to Oxford, passing through the stunning landscape of The Cotswolds. See some of the loveliest villages that the country has to offer. Narrow country lanes wind their way through classically English villages with clusters of thatched cottages. When you arrive at the world-renowned university city of Oxford, your guide will lead you on a walking tour to take in the city’s stunning architecture. See Oxford University’s colleges, some dating back 900 years. Explore gardens, alleys, pubs, and other hidden delights this city has to offer, as you hear about its history. After the walking tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore further at your own pace, armed with a map provided by your guide. Afterwards the coach will head back to London, arriving at around 08:00 PM.

From London: Blenheim Palace & the Cotswolds with Lunch

7. From London: Blenheim Palace & the Cotswolds with Lunch

Discover the captivating Cotswolds! Enjoy views of breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns on this panoramic tour of one of England’s most beautiful regions. Bask in the beauty of Blenheim Palace! Early arrival at the Palace ensures an almost private visit of this fairy-tale country mansion. See the sumptuous State Rooms with their priceless treasures, stroll through sweeping landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown, and grab a photo opportunity at the shimmering lake. Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, the picturesque village of Bourton–on–the–Water boasts of many traditional features of the Cotswolds. Take time to marvel at its elegant low bridges and stroll along the magnificent Main Street. Estimated arrival time back to London is around 6.30 pm.

Blenheim Palace Half-Day Tour from London

8. Blenheim Palace Half-Day Tour from London

Discover the vast estate of Blenheim Palace in the Oxfordshire village of Woodstock on a half-day tour from London, traveling by private car. The only non-royal or religious palace in the UK, Blenheim is the ancestral home of the dukes of Marlborough, and was built between 1705 and 1722. Upon arrival, marvel at the sumptuous interior, and discover a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Once home to Winston Churchill, the palace rooms include the imposing Great Hall and the state apartments. See stunning portraits and tapestries, as well as period furniture and porcelain displays. Then, wander among more than 2,000 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds. See the water terraces of the Formal Gardens, and take on the challenge of the Marlborough Maze in the Pleasure Gardens. Walks around the grounds will take you to the Pump House, rose gardens, Boathouse, and more.

From London: Full-Day Oxford, Windsor, and Eton Tour

9. From London: Full-Day Oxford, Windsor, and Eton Tour

Depart from London and first travel to the royal town of Windsor. Upon arrival, take a walking tour of the town and visit Windsor Castle, one of the Queen's official residences. Admire the beautiful architecture of the castle, which makes it one of the Queen's favorite weekend retreats.  Then, make your way to Eton, a short walk across the river Thames. Explore the small town and the famous Eton College, where prime ministers, world leaders, Nobel laureates, and generations of the aristocracy have been educated.  In the afternoon travel to the university town of Oxford, home to one of the most famous and oldest universities in the world. After a short guided tour, enjoy some free time to explore the city center, where you will find a wide variety of shops in the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centers and the old Victorian market. Use your time to visit some of the free museums such as the Ashmolean Museum, the oldest museum in the United Kingdom, or the University Museum of Natural History. Explore the Museum of the History of Science on Broad Street, which is the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. After a few hours to discover the best of Oxford, return to London, arriving back in the city shortly after 7:00 PM.

From Brighton: Full Day Oxford, Windsor & Eton Tour

10. From Brighton: Full Day Oxford, Windsor & Eton Tour

Join a student-friendly tour to Oxford, Windsor, and Eton. Visit Windsor and Eton in the morning before traveling to Oxford at lunchtime, where you'll spend the afternoon. Set off from Brighton, and make your first stop in the historic town of Windsor where you will go on a guided walking tour full of interesting facts and stories. Later, set off for Oxford, also known as the "City of Dreaming Spires." Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the center of the town to orientate yourself. Then, enjoy some free time to discover a wide range of shops in the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centers and the old Victorian covered market. Alternatively, visit some of the free museums, the Ashmolean Museum, or Oxford Castle. After this, head over to Oxford University, one of the most famous and oldest learning institutions in the world. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Its beautiful architecture, museums, and young student population make the city a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. Even though Oxford is a very cosmopolitan city, it is dominated by its ancient university, with each college having its own sense of identity. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for you to do and see.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 76 reviews

I had a great time and wish I had more time in the UK to do more tours with the English Bus. We got enough time in each city to walk around on our own but also got lots of context from the guides. The van was comfortable and my tour was only 6 people plus the guide and guide in training - both were great!

it was really enjoyable, relaxing 90 minutes. It was the first time I had the afternoon tea served aboard and love it, enjoyed the weather, beautifully green landscapes along river sides and short stories about Oxford from the tour guide

Our guide and driver were great! Only wish we had more than an our to shop in the Cotswolds. Blenheim palace was spectacular!

Great guide and itinerary, the castle itself is simply amazing, loved this tour! I recommend to everyone!

Excellent trip. Knowledgeable guide. Good weather. Nice castle. Nice time at every stop.