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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom
01993 810530

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:

  • NEW! A multimedia 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 Walled Gardens

Take a ride on the Miniature Train to the family-friendly Walled 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.

Prices

(from 1st April 2021)

Palace, Park & Gardens
Adult £29.50
Concession (Age 65+) £28.00
Student / Young person (Age 18-25) £25.00
Child (Age 4-17. FREE for under 4s) £16.50
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £75.00

Park & Gardens
Adult £18.50
Concession (Age 65+) £17.50
Child (Age 4-17. Free for under 4s) £9.00
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £50.00

See their website for information on group visits.

Events

August 2021

August 8, 2021 - August 8, 2022

The Stables Exhibition

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

We have created an immersive and interactive experience in the Palace’s historic stable block showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries. We have restored the original tack room and recreated the stable office as part of the exhibition, as well as creating an area for live horse displays. A life size model...

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September 2021

September 24 - October 26

Autumn Festival

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

What could make a glorious day out at Blenheim Palace even more exciting? We are proud to present The Autumn Festival a new event inspired by Traditional Harvest Festivals. Join us in the Walled Garden for our green inspired market, delicious locally sourced food from around the globe, talks and workshops on the past and...

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October 2021

October 1 - October 3

Autumn Festival

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

What could make a glorious day out at Blenheim Palace even more exciting? We are proud to present The Autumn Festival a new event inspired by Traditional Harvest Festivals. Join us in the Walled Garden for our green inspired market, delicious locally sourced food from around the globe, talks and workshops on the past and the future. There'll be ridiculously fun games for all ages, a fiendishly difficult adventure competition, and it seems somebody let the dragons out so take…

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October 22 @ 5:00 pm - October 31 @ 5:00 pm

Halloween at Blenheim Palace – A Spooky, fun-filled after dark trail for all the family

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

As Halloween creeps closer and the days shorten, a mysterious mist falls across the gardens at Blenheim Palace from 22-31 October 2021. Join family and friends to wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another.... if you dare! Watch out for flickering flames in a fiendish fire garden, daring fire artists and grinning pumpkins aglow. Wind your way through the illuminated haunted woods filled with creepy neon cobwebs, ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, larger-than life spiders and beastly…

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November 2021

November 19, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Christmas at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

Two festive experiences, one unrivalled setting. Your very merriest Christmas starts here.

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November 19 - December 19

The Christmas Market

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL United Kingdom

Escape the high street bustle at our Christmas Market... Whether you are coming along to The story of The Nutcracker inside the Palace or the Illuminated Trail in the great outdoors, your adventure begins at the Christmas Market in the Great Court. It’s free to enter with a pre-booked ticket, wander through the boutique chalets filled with an assortment of hand-picked, hand-made, irresistible gifts and tempting treats for foodies.

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