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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PS United Kingdom
0800 849 6500 www.blenheimpalace.com

Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history.

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, landscaped Parkland and stunning Formal Gardens, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors.

Explore over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and 90 acres of award-winning Formal Gardens. Ride the miniature train to The Pleasure Gardens, a dedicated family area that offers a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground. A year-round calendar of tours, exhibitions, experiences and events reveal the sheer splendour of Britain’s Greatest Palace.

 

The Palace

Enter the Palace and explore the gilded State Rooms and priceless collections set against striking stonework, and experience the beauty and magnificence of this Grade I listed building. Palace, Park and Gardens admission enables entry to all areas that are open to the public and includes the following:

  • A guided tour of the Palace State Rooms
  • Sir Winston Churchill Exhibition
  • The ‘Untold Story’ – an animated and interactive visitor experience which brings to life the Palace’s history
  • Indoor Cinema
  • Entry to any events taking place on the day of your visit that can be accessed with standard admission (check the Blenheim Palace website to find out more).

For those wishing to see even more of the Palace, visitors can experience the following tours of the Private Apartments for a small additional fee:

  • ‘Upstairs’ tours of the guest bedrooms
  • ‘Downstairs’ tours of the staff areas
  • ‘Duke’s Floor’ tours of the Marlborough family living areas

 

The Park

The picture-perfect British stately home of Blenheim Palace sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.

The inspired work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has created a lasting legacy in the Park. The visionary master-landscaper constructed the Great Lake and planted thousands of trees in his ten-year tenure here, engineering a landscape that appears natural but is actually ‘contrived to pleasing effect’.

The Park is now home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the Great Lake and the ancient oaks in High Park. Visitors can explore the beautiful landscape by buggy tour or take one of the many recommended Park walks or free trails and see a wide variety of wildlife.

 

The Formal Gardens

Created over the centuries by esteemed garden designers such as Henry Wise and Achille Duchêne, the Blenheim Palace Formal Gardens reflect a journey through the styles of the ages.

The Formal Gardens surround the Palace, and they include the majestic Water Terraces, the Duke’s Private Italian Garden, the tranquil Secret Garden with all of its hidden treasures, the new Churchill Memorial Garden and the beautifully delicate Rose Garden. There is a free 1 hour daily walking tour exploring the Formal Gardens: just sign up at the Welcome Desk upon arrival to take part.

 

The Pleasure Gardens

Take a ride on the Miniature Train to the family-friendly Pleasure Gardens. Get lost in the Marlborough Maze, the largest symbolic hedge maze in Europe, discover the butterflies in the Butterfly House, burn some energy in the Adventure Playground and wind down in the peaceful Lavender Garden.

 

Cafes and Restaurants

There’s a great selection of places to eat at Blenheim Palace. Visit the stunning Orangery Restaurant for lunch, traditional Afternoon Teas or a delicious Sunday roast. Alternatively, try the Oxfordshire Pantry or Water Terrace Cafe for coffee, cake, sandwiches, pastries and hot meals. The Pleasure Gardens Deli serves pizza, sandwiches, and healthy options for children.

 

Opening Times

Open all year daily (except Christmas Day)
Park: 09.00 – 18.00 or dusk if earlier
Formal Gardens: 10.00 – 18.00
Palace: 10.30 – 17.30 (last admission 16.45)
Please note that some events are entirely separate to the Palace, Park and Gardens and additional admission fees might therefore apply.
Please check www.blenheimpalace.com for details or call 0800 849 6500.

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Blenheim Palace Literary Festival at Festival of Literature, Film and Music

October 12 - October 15
Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PS United Kingdom
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More than 100 leading writers and public figures will appear at dozens of events in the magnificent surroundings of one of Britain’s greatest palaces and of the historic town of Woodstock. Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film and Music is a celebration of books and literature and of art forms inspired by literature – film, television and music. More leading speakers will be added to the programme over the summer. Check www.blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com for the latest line-up. Festival ticketholders gain free…

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