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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and Sir John Vanbrugh and on 30th November 1874 was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Britain's World War II leader. Churchill is buried in the nearby village of Bladon.

Blenheim Palace is set in over 2000 acres of parkland and gardens and is now home to the Duke of Marlborough.

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 Column of Victory, Blenheim PalaceThe 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.

This is where Winston Churchill proposed to ClementineFormal 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 2018 Season at Blenheim Palace - Opening Hours

The Palace is open until 28th October 2018 from 10.30-17.30 daily. Last entrance is at 16.45.
The Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 09.00 until 18.30 or dusk if earlier.

Admission Prices

Palace, Park and Gardens Ticket (valid for free Annual Pass)
Adult - £26.00
Concessions - £23.00
Child - £14.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) - £62.50

Park & Gardens
Adult - £16.00
Concessions - £13.00
Child - £7.40
Family - £43.00

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.

*Terms and conditions apply

Events at Blenheim Palace during 2018

7k Fun Run
29th April 2018

Spring Jousting Tournament
5th - 7th May 2018

Supercars at the Palace
6th May 2018

Blenheim Palace Food Festival
26th - 28th May 2018

Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon
2nd - 3rd June 2018

Giffords Circus
7th - 11th June 2018

Blenheim Palace Flower Show
22nd - 24th June 2018

Blenheim - The Great British Garden Party
13th - 14th July 2018

Battle Proms Picnic Concert
21sth July 2018

BBC Countryfile Live
2nd - 5th August 2018

Family Cycling Day
12th August 2018

Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport
26th - 27th August 2018

Salon Privé
30th August - 1st September

Blenheim Palace Classic and Supercar Show
2nd September 2018

Ssang Yong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
13th - 16th September 2018

British Heart Foundation Half Marathon
30th September 2018

Living Crafts for Christmas
15th - 18th November 2018

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
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

Page last updated 27/04/2018 14:07:15

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