Downton Abbey Country & The Port Meadow Cruise 2018
 
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DOWNTON ABBEY COUNTRY & THE PORT MEADOW CRUISE

This new tour starts at a farm where time stands still, includes a guided tour of Downton Abbey Country in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds (we don’t see Highclere Castle - that’s in Hampshire) and cruises from Godstow Abbey through serene and ancient Port Meadow into the heart of Oxford. Book as soon as possible if this day catches your eye because we predict it will be the best seller of 2016. With the perennially popular mix of a bit on the coach, a bit on foot and a river cruise not to mention the option of a carvery lunch this is a winning day out – a real crowd pleaser. Oh, and please know that even people who’ve never heard of Mrs. Patmore or Mr. Carson will nevertheless be thoroughly charmed by the beautiful locations we visit.


The day begins at 10.30am at Cogges Manor Farm at Witney, where the blankets came from. You can buy morning refreshments to suit you before enjoying a guided tour of this compact 13th century farm and manor house, which served as Downton’s Yew Tree Farm where Lady Edith’s secret daughter is raised. There’s an entertaining short film to watch all about the filming here – including scenes from the final series.


Next we are off for a tour of the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds that lie between the Rivers’ Windrush and Thames. From an old Roman road you’ll see golden Shilton nestling in its own verdant valley - this is where the valet John Bates moved to when he left Downton Abbey. During the morning you’ll also see the Repatriation Memorial Garden near RAF Brize Norton where the families of fallen service personnel gather with the Royal British Legion and other supporters.


The mediaeval small market town of Bampton is Downton - it’s also the home of author Mel Starr’s mediaeval surgeon in The Chronicles of Hugh Singleton. As old as Domesday picturesque Bampton is thriving with a post office, library and bank and lots of community clubs and societies. We’ll show you all the Downton Abbey locations including the Cottage Hospital, Isobel Crawley’s House and the church which has featured in weddings, funerals, christenings and a very dramatic jilting at the alter.


For lunch choose free time in the heart of the charming and bustling market town of Witney or include a one course carvery lunch with coffee or tea for just £10.00 per person. This needs to be for the whole group because the attractive pub is on the outskirts of Witney.


After lunch we drive to ancient Godstow Abbey where Fair Rosamund the much loved mistress of Henry II was laid to rest. Here we begin our one hour cruise into the heart of Oxford - a unique little Thames cruise not offered as a public service. We glide on shallow broad waters through the ancient common grazing lands of Port Meadow unploughed for 4000 years and skim beneath the lowest bridge on the Thames. It was on lazy summer cruises from Godstow to Folly Bridge with young Alice that Lewis Caroll created his Adventures in Wonderland.


We arrive at Folly Bridge at 4.00pm – you can opt to head straight off or stop to buy tea and drinks at the big jolly Fullers pub by the bridge and make tracks at 4.45pm.


Please note we can take a maximum of 44 people (plus the Guide) on this cruise.  




Adults & Seniors: £32


Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019


Available Tuesdays to Fridays in

April, May, June & September 2018/2019


Max 44 people on this cruise


Add a one course carvery lunch with

hot drink for £12 per person.



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