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Blenheim Palace
  • Woodstock
    Oxfordshire
    OX20 1PP
Blenheim Palace is a country house and estate located in Woodstock near Oxford. It is the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace and is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and residence of the dukes of Marlborough.

Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of Baroque architecture and one of the most important and impressive stately homes and estates in the country.

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 and explore this World Heritage Site with over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland. Discover the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Secret Garden. Delight in our family friendly Pleasure Gardens, reached by miniature train, with a giant hedge maze, a butterfly house and an adventure playground. 

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 throughout the year.

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Blenheim Palace balances delicate detail with ambitious architecture - from the imposing Great Hall to the beautifully intricate State Rooms.  The Palace houses an exquisite collection of furniture, stunning portraits, tapestries, all set against a magnificent backdrop of ornate ceilings and striking stone work.

The entrance to the Palace leads you through glorious wooden doors into the Great Hall - one of Blenheim’s architectural glories. Leading on, you can marvel at the porcelain displays in the China Ante Room and the famous Blenheim Tapestry that hangs in the Green Writing Room.

English-speaking guided tours run every 20 to 30 minutes throughout the day (except for Sundays and Bank Holidays) and are included in the admission price so you don’t need to pre-book.

The Gardens

Blenheim Palace sits among more than 2,000 acres of beautifully landscaped park and gardens, including a huge 150 acre lake.

The Formal Gardens are a collection of majestic gardens commissioned by the 9th Duke. They include the beautiful Water Terraces, the Secret Garden and The Duke’s Italian Garden.

Elsewhere, The Pleasure Gardens provide fun for the whole family– a miniature train, giant maze and tropical butterfly house provide perfect entertainment for children.

The Park

Blenheim Palace offers more than 2,000 acres of landscaped park to explore and enjoy, in addition to the Formal Gardens and the family fun of The Pleasure Gardens.

It was the approach of  'Capability' Brown to present a landscape that appeared natural but was in fact 'nature contrived'. Thanks to his inspired work the Palace was awarded World Heritage Site status in 1987.

The landscape setting was designed by Brown in the 1760’s and delivers such a perfection beauty and harmony with nature that every generation of the Marlborough family has endeavored to preserve it.

The park remains beautiful whatever the season. In spring the lawns are brimming with daffodils. From summer to autumn  the greens of the trees melt into a medley of warm tones, and in winter the twinkling blanket of frost covers the lawns the the mist rises from the lake.

Enjoy a stroll or a picnic in the park and take in Blenheim’s famous landmarks like the Grand Bridge and the Column of Victory.

Dogs are permitted in the Park but must be kept on leads at all times.

Opening Times

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The Palace

Open 10.30am - 5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm)

Formal Gardens

Open 10am - 5.30pm

The Park

Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am - 6pm or dusk if earlier (last admission at 4.45pm or dusk if earlier). All areas to be vacated by 6.30pm 

Pleasure Gardens

Open 10am - 6pm

Adventure Playground open daily (except in icy conditions).

Blenheim Palace

A timeless pleasure, a precious time, every time.

 

 

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