Things to do at Blenheim Palace review
Blenheim Palace is located in Woodstock near Oxford. The palace is a world heritage site and the gardens were designed by Capability Brown with over 2,000 acres of grounds. It has a strong connection to Sir Winston Churchill and his grave is not far from the palace.
You can go on a guided tour of the staterooms and finish the tour in the Churchill exhibition. The tours also often include rooms not open to the general public. You can guide yourselves around the house. It is extremely opulent and full of large tapestries and painting. There are some very grand fireplaces and the entrance hall is a sight to behold.
The grounds have many different places to explore. There are many treasures such as a secret garden, Churchill memorial garden, rose garden and many statues. At weekends you can book on a buggy tour for just £3.50 per adult and £2.50 for a child you can be driven around the grounds. There are trails around the grounds which can be downloaded in advance.
There is a train that takes you to the pleasure gardens which usually departs on the hour and every half hour from near the palace entrance. Children under 5 ride for free and adults are 50p for a one-way trip. (£1 return).
At the pleasure gardens, there is a summer butterfly house and bouncy castle plus summer events. All year round you can have fun in the maze and there is a small adventure playground with some over-sized games. They also have the most wonderful evening Christmas lights event.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
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FAQ and Further Information Blenheim Palace
Is there food and drink available?
There is a choice of four places to eat at Blenheim Palace including a pizza cafe. Most serve both hot and cold food and drinks. You can picnic in the grounds.
What are the main things to do?
Lavishly decorated historical house with connections to Sir Winston Churchill. 2,000 acres of grounds with gardens. Train to pleasure gardens with maze, play area and a butterfly house, bouncy castle and events in the warmer months. Toilets and a choice of places to eat.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Expensive – An adult ticket for the palace, park and gardens is just under £25 online in advance. Children are just under £14.00 (5-16) and under 5’s are free. These tickets can be upgrade to an annual pass for no extra charge. You can purchase cheaper tickets just for the park and gardens.
Is there parking?
There is free parking. There may be a charge to park on event days.
When are they open?
Blenheim Palace is open all year round except for Christmas day and 6th January. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are permitted in most areas, they are not permitted in the Palace itself, the main Courtyards or the Formal Gardens, with the exception of assistance dogs.
Are they accessible?
Information on accessibility We strive to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy as much as possible
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