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Blenheim Palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
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Blenheim Palace and Park and Gardens
  • Blenheim Palace and Park and Gardens
  • The lake and water terrace at Blenheim Palace
  • Blenheim Palace in the snow
  • Events and concerts at Blenheim Palace
  • Italian Gardens at Blenheim Palace
  • Interior State Rooms at Blenheim Palace
  • Private Apartment Tour at Blenheim Palace
  • Interior State Rooms at Blenheim Palace

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*Temporarily closed*

*Palace, Formal Gardens and Pleasure Gardens closed from Monday 23 March. Blenheim Park open from 10am-4pm (including coffee hut). Shop and toilet facilities will be closed.*

 

Receive a warm welcome into the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Wonder at this masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture, which houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe. 

The Palace
Take an audio tour of the State Rooms and admire the portraits, tapestries and exquisite furniture while learning about the 300-year history of this National Treasure.

Visit the Churchill Exhibition and learn all about the life of the great Prime Minister, starting with his birth at Blenheim Palace in 1874 and early life spent here, including his marriage proposal in 1908, his time as a soldier, a politician and even a painter, concluding with his death in 1965 and burial in the nearby village of Bladon. The exhibition features photographs, extracts from his diaries, artefacts and a number of other elements.

From February – September, two tours will be available for visitors to take inside the Palace: an ‘Upstairs’ tour and a ‘Downstairs’ tour of the Private Apartments. These tours give visitors the opportunity to explore rooms never open to the public before, gaining an insight into the lives of the family that have lived at Blenheim Palace, their guests and the household staff. 

History
Blenheim Palace was built between 1705 and 1733 for John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. The battle won by the Duke and his army was in 1704 and was called the Battle of Blenheim, which is how the Palace got its name.

Over the past 300 years Blenheim Palace has been the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, but has also been used for many other things. In World War One the Long Library inside the Palace was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. In World War Two, a boys school was evacuated to the Palace and used the State Rooms for classrooms and dormitories. Shortly after this in 1940, Blenheim Palace became a base for MI5 - Britain’s government intelligence agency.

In 1950, the 10th Duke of Marlborough opened Blenheim Palace to the public for the first time, and since then millions of visitors have passed through its doors and the Palace is established as one of the best heritage attractions in the UK.
Explore this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of parkland landscaped by one of the UK’s most famous landscape architects, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

Take a stroll up to the Grand Cascades or around the lake to admire some of the finest views in England, looking out for the historical monuments in the grounds, including the Column of Victory, Grand Bridge and Temple of Diana. Discover the array of Formal Gardens, including the Rose Garden, Churchill Memorial Garden, Water Terraces and Secret Garden. 

Events & Experiences
Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events, themed exhibitions and tours on offer all year. The busy events calendar includes firm favourites such as Christmas at Blenheim Palace and The Blenheim Palace Food Festival.

Shop & Eat
Blenheim Palace has a variety of cafés and restaurants on site serving everything from informal coffee and cake to luxury afternoon teas, three-course lunches and more. Every delectable dish is made in house using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and with seasonal specials on offer each month, there is always something new to try.

Enjoy a two or three course lunch or Champagne Afternoon Tea in the stunning setting of the Orangery, our à la carte restaurant.

Spend some time in the award-winning East Courtyard Shop and treat yourself to some of the fabulous items available for purchase, including locally produced crafts, luxurious gifts, and many ranges that are exclusive to Blenheim Palace. 

Head to the Pleasure Gardens to visit the Toy Shop, stocking a large range of toy items and plants to enhance your garden.

Whether you are searching for gifts for loved ones or a treat for yourself, Blenheim Palace’s exclusive shops promise something special for everybody and mean you can remember your visit for years to come.
 

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

We are located eight miles north-west of Oxford, on the A44 Evesham Road. The Palace is signposted from junction nine of the M40. If you are using satellite navigation, please use the postcode OX20 1UL.

When visiting by car, please be aware that a 20mph speed limit applies across the Estate. 

Free car parking is available to all visitors (some exceptions may apply for certain events), with disabled parking for blue badge holders at Flagstaff car park in front of the Palace.  Further parking is available at the Pleasure Gardens.

Public Transport Directions

Bus

The S3 bus from Oxford to Woodstock runs every 30 minutes from Oxford train station and Oxford's Gloucester Green bus station to the gates of Blenheim Palace. Please ask the bus driver to identify the appropriate stop.

The 7 bus from Oxford to Woodstock runs from Oxford train station and George street via Oxford Parkway to the gates of Blenheim Palace.

Oxford Bus Company's 500 service leaves from Oxford Parkway and stops at Blenheim Palace and Woodstock.

For the timetable and more information on the route, visit stagecoachbus.com or oxfordbus.co.uk. There is no direct bus service from Bicester to Woodstock.

 

Train

Nearby train stations include Oxford, Oxford Parkway and Long Hanborough. Call 08457 484950 for up to date train information or visit gwr.com or chilternrailways.co.uk.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Blenheim Palace has a variety of cafés and restaurants on site serving everything from informal coffee and cake to luxury afternoon teas, three-course lunches and more. Every delectable dish is made in house using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and with seasonal specials on offer each month, there is always something new to try.
  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - 9 languages available
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction - Palace
  • Outdoor Attraction - Family Pleasure Grounds

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Prior Booking Recommended
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Available on request

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount

Opening Times

Park and Gardens Opening Times (Closed 25 December) (1 Jan 2019 - 24 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 18:00
Palace Opening Times (Closed 25 December) (1 Jan 2019 - 24 Dec 2020)
DayTimes

* Palace, Formal Gardens and Pleasure Gardens closed. Park open.

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