This Palace that was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill sits majestically in 2,000 acres of beautifully landscaped park and gardens. It is a true masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture which delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Now it’s the home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.
Enter this grand building that leads you though glorious wooden doors into the Great Hall – one of Blenheim’s spectacular glories – with its ornate ceiling and beautiful sculptures and portraits. As you wander further, marvel at the displays in the China Ante Room and the famous Blenheim Tapestry that hangs in the Green Writing Room. In the West Wing of the palace, stroll through the Long Library, a vast room that has many books and a remarkable statue of Queen Anne.
Take a free-guided tour through the State Rooms with their exquisite collection of furniture and interior design and learn more about the Palace. The tour leaves every 20 minutes but they do not take place on Sundays, bank holidays or exceptionally busy days. Alternatively, you are welcome to walk through the Palace at your own pace while you absorb the atmosphere of its beautiful rooms in your own time.
Relax in wonderful parkland with a huge 150 acre lake and take in the stunning views. Visit the Formal Gardens with serene water terraces, the Secret garden and the Duke’s Italian Garden. There is also family fun to be found at the Pleasure garden where a miniature train, a giant maze and a tropical butterfly house provide perfect entertainment for children.
However you spend your time at Blenheim Palace, you are guaranteed a wonderful day out, without even setting foot inside the house.
Facilities: Disabled access: They have a dedicated car park for Blue Badge holders and allow carers to go free, as well as having a number of systems in place to make the Palace and gardens as accessible as possible
Cafés: There are a number of dining opportunities, from sandwiches and cakes in the Oxfordshire Pantry to a sit-down lunch at the Water Terrace Café or an Afternoon Tea in the Indian Room. Their Pleasure Gardens Deli serves a great selection of child-friendly foods like pizza, pasta and ice cream. The Pleasure Gardens BBQ is also fired up every summer.
Toilets: There are a number of toilet facilities at Blenheim Palace, with wheelchair-friendly toilets and baby changing rooms also available.
Dogs: Although not permitted in the Palace or Formal Gardens, dogs are allowed in the Park but must be kept on leads at all times.
Parking: They have a car park on site, about 5 minutes’ walk to the Palace entrance as well as a car park directly outside the entrance for disabled visitors. Car parking is free.
Opening Times: Park & Formal Gardens: Open daily 09.00-18.30 (or dusk if earlier)
Palace: Open daily 10.30 – 16.30, last entry 15.45
Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.
Palace, Park and Gardens:
Concessions (Over-60s and students with ID) £23.00
Child (5-16yrs) £14.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £62.50
Park and Gardens:
Concessions (Over-60s and students with ID) £13.00
Child (5-16yrs) £7.40
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £43.00
Tickets can also be converted for free to an Annual Pass, which grants free access for a whole year, plus free access to some events.
Photo Credits: © Blenheim Palace
For further information please visit: http://www.blenheimpalace.com