Oxford & Blenheim Palace

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“Dreamy spires & palatial opulence”

Tour Highlights: Collegiate Oxford, Blenheim Palace, state apartments, Churchill museum, Woodstock village and the charming Oxfordshire countryside.

A 90 minute drive from London our day commences in the heart of the historical yet compact city of Oxford. The home of English education for over 800 years. We tour the most beautiful of the 38 colleges that make up the University Campus. We visit sacred gardens, ancient dining halls and chapels and witness the locations of where some of our leading scholars spent their most informative years.

We then make the short journey to the charming Cotswold settlement of Woodstock for lunch, saving the magnificence of Blenheim Palace for later. The size and scale of the Palace is truly remarkable. Designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site, the Palace carries a unique aura of history and achievement. Blenheim was the gift of Queen Anne and a grateful nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough for his great victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Everywhere the Palace`s design reflects the triumphal mood from the military symbolism, the war trophies on the colonnades to the scale of the heroic Grand Bridge. England`s greatest gardener, Lancelot “Capability” Brown designed the great lake and hanging beech woods beyond, all to look so effortlessly natural.

Birthplace to Sir Winston Churchill and still very much a family residence, Blenheim is perhaps our most magnificent stately home.

We meander through the beautiful Chiltern countryside on our return journey home. This tour can also be enjoyed in conjunction with the Cotswolds or Stratford–upon–Avon Tours.

As with all our tours, if our most popular tour schedules do not suit your specific requirements, please allow us to create a customised itinerary especially for you. We always remember the day is yours to cherish.
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“Hi, Oliver, Now that we are back in US, my wife and I both agree that, although we enjoyed Paris and Rome, the day we spent (Thursday, 4 June) in Dorset with Danny in hot pursuit of T. E. Lawrence was the best overall day of our vacation. We had just finished a crowded bus tour the day before (Windsor, Stonehenge, Oxford) and my wife was glad to travel in luxury for a change. The weather was perfect (we were very lucky with weather our whole trip, I have to say). We did wander around narrow country roads a bit through various Warehams, but that was all part of the adventure. We ended with a fine time at Corfe Castle, having visited the Tank Museum, Clouds Hill, Lawrence’s grave, and much more. A dream come true for me, and I was surprised my wife took such an interest in tank history (then again, she is a teacher). It was our driver who uncovered the fact that the woman “guide” at Clouds Hill was a “cousin” of Lawrence’s: Lady Theresa Jenkins-Teague, who is related to the Chapman side of Lawrence’s family. That was the highlight of the day for me. I am now a proud member of the TEL Society, and I will be sure to recommend your services to anyone who needs a car in London. I am already compiling a list of places we must go on our next visit. :-) Thank you for a wonderful and memorable day. Walter (and Camille) Goralski” Read more testimonials

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