Scholars and Warriors: Oxford & Blenheim (8 Hours)
Explore Oxford, where the rivers Cherwell and Thames meet, first a monastic settlement, then a walled mediaeval city, now a world-famous university town. Then see mighty Blenheim Palace, a symbol of pure power, built in just decades for a British war hero.
Oxford: Bodleian Library – Radcliffe Camera – University Church – Colleges – Christ Church Meadow – Ashmolean Museum.
Blenheim Palace: Churchill’s birthplace – House interior – Vanbrugh architecture – ‘Capability’ Brown landscaping – Pleasure Gardens.
One of the charms of Oxford is seeing the students whizzing around on their bikes: it’s a working university town and your guided tour of Oxford and Blenheim will show you student haunts, quirky architecture and hidden pubs, as well as the colleges with their stone quadrangles and green lawns.
You will pop into at least one college to find out the meaning of quirky college terminology and strange symbols chalked on the walls – and you may visit the Ashmolean or Pitt Rivers museums, too.
Your private tour of Oxford and Blenheim includes a lunch stop in the pretty Cotswold town of Woodstock, site of a great royal hunting place, before a short drive to Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the only non-royal or episcopal palace in Britain.
The sheer audacity of Blenheim takes your breath away. It was built in the English Baroque style on funds granted by Queen Anne. See the room where baby Winston Churchill arrived weeks early, the State Rooms with their elaborate ceilings and exquisite French furniture, and enjoy the conceits of the Pleasure Gardens. If time allows, your private tour of Oxford and Blenheim may end with a visit to Churchill’s burial place at Bladon.
Private Tour Rates 2016/2017
|Car/Sedan||9||up to 3||£590|
|MPV||9||up to 6||£645|
|Large MPV||9||up to 8||£675|
|Minibus||9||up to 12||POA|
Rates are per car/minibus not per person and include your private Blue Badge qualified tour Guide, collection and return to your central London hotel (alternatives can be arranged), all taxes but not entrance fees to attractions where applicable, parking or meals unless stated