Blenheim Palace - A Brief History
Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswold’s, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country, a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.
Blenheim Palace was designed by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh. Blenheim Palace was started in 1705 and was finished after the death of John Chruchill in 1722.
Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ Destiny – the story of two great war leaders’, celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.
A State-of-the-art visitor experience is open in the heart of the Palace called ‘Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story’. Dramatic moments from the last 300 years of history at Blenheim Palace are brought to life through animatronic figures and innovative film and projection technology, seen through the eyes of the servants.
Paintings, porcelain collections and magnificant tapestries fill the stunning State Rooms.
Visitors to Belnheim Palace can tour around the Private Apartments and see where the current Duke and his family live.
Surrounding the Palace are over 2,000 acres of beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens. A miniature train connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens, where, amongst a range of fun activities for children, can be found the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, the Lavender Garden and ‘Blenheim Bygones’ exhibition.
An impressive lake crossed by a bridge leads up to Blenheim Palace giving what must be one of the most picturesque and photographed scenes in the UK.
The impressive Column of Victory, standing 40 metres high, was started five years after the Duke of Marlborough's death and was completed in 1730 at a cost of £3,000. The column is topped by the lead statue of the Duke.
Formal gardens flank the house and Blenheim Palace is set in around 2,100 acres of spectacular parkland landscaped by Capability Brown and surrounded by sweeping manicured lawns. And it was in the grounds of Blenheim Palace that Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine.
A very busy events programme is on offer throughout the year, including jousting tournaments, half-term costumed entertainment, evening concerts, Bike Blenheim Palace, the Blenheim Triathlon and the Palace dressed for Christmas.
There are two main entrances to Blenheim Palace, one just south of Woodstock on the Oxford Road and the other through the Triumphal Arch at the end of Park Street in Woodstock. There are various other entrances that are suitable for pedestrians.
The 2015 Season at Blenheim Palace - Opening Hours
The Palace is open between 14th February and 20th December from 10.30-17.30 daily. Last entrance is at 16.45.
The Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 09.00 until 18.00 or dusk if earlier (last admission at 16.45). All areas to be vacated by 18.30
Palace, Park and Gardens Ticket (valid for free Annual Pass)
Adult - £23.00
Concessions - £18.30
Child - £12.50
Family - £6000
Park & Gardens
Adult - £13.80
Concessions - £10.40
Child - £6.70
Family - £36.50
Annual Pass - BUY ONE DAY, GET 12 MONTHS FREE*
Blenheim Palace offers an amazing annual pass ticket deal. When you buy a single day ticket to the Palace, Park and Gardens, you can convert it into an annual pass for free and gain unlimited entry for 12 months.
Annual Pass Privilege Card - 15% discount on dining and shopping*
Blenheim Palace is offering a special Privilege Card upgrade option with the Annual Pass. For an extra £5 you can receive a 15% discount in all Blenheim Palace Shops and Cafés!
*Terms and conditions apply
Events at Blenheim Palace during 2015
Lawrence Weiner: Within a Realm of Distance
10th October - 20th December
This new exhibition by American artist and founding figure of Conceptual Art, Lawrence Weiner is running until 20th December.
Halloween at Blenheim Palace
24th October - 1st November
Blenheim Palace is the perfect day out for your little ghouls! Join us this October for a whole host of tricks and treats.
Christmas at Blenheim Palace
7th November - 20th December
Discover and explore the magic of Christmas time with us at Blenheim Palace.
Living Crafts for Christmas
19th - 22nd November
Celebrating the best of British crafts, there is no better place to stock up on presents and stocking fillers.
All events listed are provisional bookings. The details of these events may change. Please check prior to your visit.
PPG: Palace, Park and Gardens ticket required to access event. A free annual pass is available with the full Palace ticket price. For details visit www.blenheimpalace.com
P&G: Park & Gardens ticket required to access event.
PPG + P&G: Denotes activity inside the Palace as well as the Park & Gardens.
For further information about Blenheim Palace, opening times and admission prices please call 0800 8496500 (free 24 hour recorded information) or visit www.blenheimpalace.com