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Sunday 1 to Thursday 5 August 2021

  • 5 Days £365
  • No single supplement on allocated singles
  • Holiday insurance £23

Explore the lovely county of Oxfordshire with your detective hat on! We shall spend time in the beautiful city of Oxford ‘the city of dreaming spires’ with its exquisite architecture and ancient university. We will meander through pretty villages, discover a few hidden gems and visit one of England’s most magnificent stately homes, Blenheim Palace. With its own special place in Britain’s history, Blenheim Palace is a true national treasure, come and enjoy the history and splendour of the Palace, Park and Gardens, now a World Heritage Site.

SUNDAY: Following our morning departure we travel to Oxford where we enjoy an afternoon admiring this beautiful city. Depart Oxford late afternoon to travel to our hotel located on the banks of the River Thames, the Shillingford Bridge Hotel for our four-night stay.


  • A full day passing through the towns and villages used in filming locations within the Midsomer Murders television series. We shall visit Wallingford, better known to Midsomer Murders fans as Causton. Why not visit the Corn Exchange which is Barnaby’s home. We also visit Dorchester on Thames, a pretty village overlooked by the Abbey, it appears as Midsomer Newton Museum. We shall complete our day by boarding a Thames Cruise at Caversham to Mapledurham Lock which feels a world away. You will see wildlife, open countryside, islands and the Berkshire Downs. We will turn at the Mapledurham Lock taking a panoramic view of the Weir, before cruising downstream past Mapledurham House, which has a history of filming for various television series.
  • A drive through Oxfordshire’s villages with a brief stop in Bampton, staying with the TV theme, this village was used for much of the outdoor filming for Downton Abbey. Onto visit Bladon Church, where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. We complete our day with a visit to the magnificent Blenheim Palace, this 2100 acre estate was Churchills’ Birthplace and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.
  • Today we visit the picturesque riverside town of Marlow. The town became a popular riverside resort and new houses reflect this in their Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian exteriors. The afternoon is spent in the historic market town of Henley-on-Thames, as beautiful and intimately connected as its name suggests with the River Thames, being sited on one of the most majestic stretches of the river with the beech clad hills of The Chilterns acting as a worthy backdrop.

 THURSDAY: Depart our hotel and keeping off of the motorway we travel by way of the Vale of White Horse to the edge of the Cotswolds and Cirencester for our early lunchtime stop. Continue our journey home arriving home for late afternoon/early evening.

Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


Shillingford Bridge Hotel is situated on one of the loveliest reaches of the River Thames between Oxford and Henley. The River View Restaurant serves freshly prepared food and has panoramic views over the hotel’s grounds as well as the banks of the Thames, you can relax in the afternoon on the patio and enjoy the beautiful views across the river. The 40 en-suite bedrooms are equipped with television, radio, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and trouser press. The hotel does not have a lift but a few ground floor rooms are available.


Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance to Blenheim Palace, boat trip on the River Thames and excursion programme.