Paddington Railway Station (meet by the main ticket office - it's near Platforms 1 & 2) | Map
Guided by Simon
The Favourite! Yes, the film: the Oscar, the 10 Academy Award nominations. The queen, the duke, the duchess, the history, the background – so deep-dyed with Blenheim. Ah, Blenheim: "the finest view in England;" three acres of palace; 600 rooms; 180 servants; enfilade of nine staterooms; Great Court; Churchill's birthplace, where he proposed; his nearby grave; 2,500-acre park; miniature railway; lake and stream and "the finest bridge in Europe." Details to die for: English lion devouring a French cock; gate that's a water tower; big ears and eyes (French spies); dinner table revolver; ceiling painting of American eyes; secret corridors; spiral staircases; French royal flag. King George III conceding, "we have nothing to equal this." Oxford: "towery city and branchy between towers; cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark-charmed, rook-racked, river-rounded"; town and gown and dreaming spires; poets and punting; kings, wits, celebrated eccentrics, Brideshead Revisited, Inspector Morse, and, yes, American presidents who didn't inhale: "there's no other place like it in the world, it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it."
In the Summer 2019 London Walks programme we go to Oxford & Blenheim Palace on Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, September 28. Meet Simon at 9.15 am by the main ticket office of PaddingtonRailway Station. The main ticket office is near Platforms 1 & 2. The Tariff (train fare, coach fare, admissions, etc.) is £57. For the total cost of the Excursion add the Tariff to the guide's fee*
*The guide's fee for an Excursion is £18 for adults. Or £16 for Super Adults (over 65s) and students. Or £14 for people with the London Walks Discount Card. Kids under 15 accompanied by their parent(s) go free.
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If you can't make either of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public tours of Oxford & Blenheim Palace do think about booking one as a private tour. Sure, going private is more expensive* than going on the public tour but not over the odds. If you go private you can have the Oxford & Blenheim Palace Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. Makes a fabulous wedding present or birthday gift or anniversary outing. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. *Well, it's more expensive for an individual or couple or a very small group. It isn't more expensive – indeed, a private tour is less expensive – for a group of, say, 18+ people.
"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.