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Blenheim Palace

Magnificent country house and vast estate with formal gardens.

  • 4.7

  • from 11232 Google reviews

Blenheim Palace formal gardens
Blenheim Palace formal gardens

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About the garden

Discover one of the UK’s grandest country estates and a magnificent stately home at Blenheim Palace - a UNESCO world heritage site. With over 2000 acres of parkland, woodlands and formal gardens to explore, these naturalistic grounds, designed by the world-famous Capability Brown, are breathtaking in scale. It’s no wonder that Churchill described the Palace as ‘the finest view in England’, as many blockbuster films, from Harry Potter to James Bond have since been filmed here, taking advantage of the swoon-worthy vistas.

The 150 acres of Formal Gardens alone are worth the trip (and the membership, which is included in the price of a Palace, Park and Gardens ticket), bursting into life in the springtime with a carpet of gently nodding Daffodils and Cherry blossom. The tightly trimmed Box hedging, detailed ornamental fountains and sheer scale of the palace facade make the Water Terraces a must-see, even in the depths of Winter. But late Spring and Summer are perhaps the best time to visit, with Roses and herbaceous borders vibrant with colour and the dappled shade of the Formal Gardens providing some welcome relief from the sunshine.

Inside the palace, lavishly decorated frescos pepper the walls and ceilings of this awe-inspiring building - no visit to the dreaming spires of Oxford is complete without a trip to Blenheim Palace. The scale and elegance of the state rooms will leave you breathless and the Palace also hosts seasonal exhibitions, so that every visit has something new to offer.

With everything from a butterfly house to a play area, pizza cafe, miniature train ride, the Marlborough Yew Maze (two miles in length!) and constantly changing exhibitions, it’s impossible to cover all of the delights of Blenheim Palace in a few paragraphs. The best way to discover what’s on is simply to take a trip and explore the magnificent grounds and opulent historic home yourself - it’s sure to be an unforgettable day out!

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 4+ hours (All Day) at Blenheim Palace.

Opening times

Year Round Every Day* Palace: 10AM - 4.15PM (Last Entry 3.45PM) Park: 9.30AM - 5PM Gardens: 9.30AM - 5PM Pre-booked entry time slot is required. Individual attractions may have different opening times. *CLOSURES: 8-9 Nov, 25 Dec, 4 Jan

Useful details

Garden area

2000 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads. No dogs in the Palace itself, the main Courtyards the Formal or Walled Gardens, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Mobility scooters are available

Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

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Find the garden

Blenheim Palace
Oxfordshire
OX20 1PP
Sat Nav Postcode
OX20 1UL
Public Transport
There are three bus routes from Oxford City Centre (not far from the train station) to Woodstock.
Buses stop outside the main entrance, from where it’s a 10-minute stroll through the park to the Palace.
Stagecoach Buses S3 and 7 start from Oxford Railway Station, and also pick up at Oxford Gloucester Green Bus Station.
Oxford Bus Company's 500 service starts from Oxford Railway Station, and also picks up on George Street.
All three services operate every 30 minutes.
Stagecoach Bus 233 operates from Burford via Carterton, Witney and Hanborough Station to Blenheim entrance.
This service operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays.
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 11232 Google reviews

Uma London

7 months ago

5

Beautiful gardens with lakes. Very well maintained. Palace state rooms are a must visit. Exhibitions were interesting - must purchase state rooms tour to access exhibitions. Cafes are good, providing a good selection of snacks including sandwiches. Staff are friendly and helpful. Gift shop has lots to offer.

Margaret Edwards

a month ago

5

The light trail was absolutely wonderful this year. Light patterns to clear music. Just awe inspiring festive joy for all ages. Parking no issue and well organized on hard standing. Cute Christmas market at either the beginning or the end plus small fairground. Public toilets in numerous places plus the odd cafe van. Definitely organized to a very high standard.

Selene Ryall

2 months ago

5

Stunning! An absolute must see. Impressive and well presented grounds and gardens. The Palace is probably one of the best preserved and beautifully kept houses I've seen. Staff clearly love the house and its history and happily share this with visitors. So lovely to see. Loved reading the details about Winston Churchill and his family, and recommend going to see his and the family graves. Would most definitely return, keep a full day free, you'll need it.

Mike Clifton

3 weeks ago

5

Quite simply a vast and beautiful place. Yes, it's quite expensive to get in but you can get a free 'upgrade' and revisit as many times as you like throughout the year meaning you can look at one area per visit in depth rather than racing round trying to see everything in one go - so long as you are reasonably local, obviously.

Pete Casale

2 weeks ago

5

So much fascinating history behind this place but it feels real and tangible because the Duke and his family still reside there (sometimes), Churchill was born there, its use in WWII, the anecdote about the stolen organ pipes 🙂. The Churchill exhibition is a must see. I've been to Blenheim a few times but only in the grounds, so first time in the house and not disappointed...will be going back again

Contact the garden

01993 810530

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