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One of England’s finest country houses, Blenheim Palace is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and was famously the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Built between 1705 and 1722, and extended and changed by each generation which inherited it, the palace and its gardens are both full of interesting places to explore, and they’re also home to exhibitions about the dukes, duchesses, and prime ministers who have lived there throughout the years.
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3 tips for visiting the Blenheim Palace

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If you’re planning to explore the gardens at Blenheim Palace then make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes - the grounds are extensive and you’ll be doing a lot of walking! Bring an umbrella or a raincoat as well, because English weather can be changeable.
Blenheim Palace Maze | Photo: Tony Hisgett CC-BY 2.0
If you’re a fan of brainteasers, then try out the Marlborough Maze in the Pleasure Gardens. The route through the hedges is over 3km (2 miles) long and takes at least 20 minutes to solve, if not longer!
While you’re exploring the gardens, look out for the Temple of Diana. The romantic spot is where Winston Churchill proposed to his wife Clementine Hozier in 1908.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s so special about Blenheim Palace?

Blenheim Palace is most famous for its role in the life of UK Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, who was born in the palace and spent many of his early years there. The land was gifted to the Churchill family after the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, led British troops to victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, and is still the seat of the Duke of Marlborough today. Its Baroque style was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, and the exceptional grounds are also a famous example of the English landscape garden. The palace is also the only building in the UK to be named a palace that isn’t owned by the Royal Family or the church and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Read more.

What’s there to see inside the Palace?

Tickets to the palace include access to the palace’s luxurious staterooms and come with an audio guide. It also includes entry to the Churchill exhibition, which recounts the life of Winston Churchill from his youth, through his military and political service and death in April 1955. You’ll also have access to an exhibition called The Untold Story, which tells stories of the Churchill family through the centuries via recordings of actors, puppets, and special effects. Read more.

Is a visit to the gardens mandatory?

If your main interest lies in fancy furniture and interior design, then you may consider skipping the gardens. But the gardens are definitey a highlight. The gardens were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one of the icons of English landscape gardening, whose designs were copied throughout the royal palaces of Europe. The goal was to create a garden that felt natural, as opposed to the rigid geometry of French gardens, with rolling lawns, lakes, groves of trees, and recreations of classical temples or picturesque bridges or ruins. The gardens of Blenheim Palace include the Formal Gardens, which include the Water Terraces and the Rose Garden, and the Pleasure Gardens, which include the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, and an adventure playground. Read more.

Can we bring a picnic, or are there options for lunch at the palace?

You can bring a picnic along with you and enjoy it in the park, the management just asks that you don’t bring disposable barbeques, that you use the bins provided and take any trash with you when you leave. There are 4 options if you’d rather buy something on the day. The Orangery Restaurant, the Oxfordshire Pantry (a café), the Water Terrace Café, and the Pleasure Gardens Pizza Café. Please note that you might need to book a table in the Orangery Restaurant, as it’s very popular during high season. Read more.

How long should I plan for my visit?

You can easily make a day-trip out of a trip to Blenheim Palace and its gardens. Spend up to an hour inside the private apartments of the palace, before taking your time to explore the extensive grounds and taking some time for lunch. If you’re in a rush you can probably see everything in about 3 to 4 hours, but if you take your time then you’ll find enough to do to fill 5 to 6 hours. Read more.

Will my children enjoy a visit to Blenheim Palace?

Children will probably enjoy the gardens more than the private apartments inside the Palace, though if they’re older and are interested in history then they might enjoy the rooms as well. Outside there’s a miniature train which takes visitors from the palace to the Pleasure Gardens where you’ll find a tropical butterfly house to explore, the Marlborough Maze to puzzle through, and an adventure playground. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The park is open from 9 am to 6 pm, the palace is open from 10.30 am to 4.45 pm. Final entry to the palace and the formal gardens is at 4.45 pm. The shops and cafes onsite have different opening hours, please check before visiting to avoid disappointment.


Blenheim Palace
Oxfordshire OX20 1UL


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A basic ticket for the park and gardens costs £22.50 for adults, £21.50 for visitors aged over 65, £19.00 for students and £11.50 for children aged 3 to 16. A ticket for the palace, park, and gardens costs £43.00 for adults, £41.00 for visitors aged over 65, £37.50 for students and £28.00 for children. Children under the age of 3 can enter free of charge.

how to get there

The palace is located on the outskirts of the village of Woodstock. For journeys by public transport, bus numbers S3 and 7 depart from Oxford train station, while bus number 500 departs from Oxford Parkway station. Free car parking is available for all visitors, with the exception of some special events. Please note that a 20 mile per hour speed limit applies across the estate.
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