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(This post about visiting Blenheim Palace was updated in October 2019)

 

Blenheim Palace, located a few miles north of Oxford, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. This historic stately home is also home to Charles James Spencer-Churchill who is the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family. 

 

The palace was commissioned by Queen Anne as a gift to the 1st Duke. Built in the Baroque style and designed rather controversially at the time by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh it took 17 years to build and was finally completed in 1722.

 

There are lots of things to do and see when visiting Blenheim throughout the year.

If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Blenheim Palace I would say it is a wonderful destination whatever the season. In summer enjoy watching a game of cricket whilst picnicking on the lawns. In autumn enjoy the beautiful foliage as leaves turn from green to reds and orange and during December enjoy festive events at Blenheim.

 

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Blenheim is famous for its beautiful grounds including the Marlborough Maze and Butterfly House.  These are best visited during the warmer summer months though when you may even catch a game of cricket being played in the grounds around the palace.

 

Blenheim Palace has also been used as a filming location for popular movies such as Harry Potter, James Bond – Spectre and Indiana Jones. Fans of period dramas such as Downton Abbey will also enjoy this stately home which along with others such as Chatsworth House and Highclere Castle represent an era of privilege and upstairs-downstairs divisions between the gentry and their servants.

 

If you’re planning on visiting Blenheim Palace, this article will give you an idea of what to expect and also some hints and tips to ensure you make the most of your visit. I would plan to spend at least half a day (3 or 4 hours) at Blenheim Palace but it is easy to spend a day there.

 

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WHERE IS BLENHEIM PALACE AND HOW DO I GET THERE?

Where is Blenheim Palace Located?

Blenheim Palace is situated in Woodstock in Oxfordshire, England approximately 60 miles north-west of London. It is 8 miles north of Oxford on the eastern boundary of the Cotswolds.

 

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The beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace

 

How to Get to Blenheim Palace from London 

London to Blenheim by Train or Car

It is also an easy day trip from London by train, bus or car. If you decide to visit by train it takes just under an hour from London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway Station. Once you have arrived purchase a return ticket for the #500 Park and Ride Bus.  It is a short 15 minute bus ride to Blenheim.

 

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Blenheim is encouraging visitors to use sustainable public transport options and if you show your bus ticket at the gate you will receive 30% discount on entry.

 

If you decide to drive to Blenheim Palace free parking is available when you arrive.  It can be very busy during school holidays, weekends and public holidays.

 

London to Blenheim by organised tour

If you prefer to take a tour there are numerous tours available to Blenheim Palace from London. Many also incorporate visits to some of the beautiful villages in the Cotswolds too.

 

Thee are some lovely places to visit on the way to Blenheim including Oxford and the Cotswolds. I recommend combining your trip to Blenheim Palace with any of the following great tours – 

 

 

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Blenheim Palace

 

THINGS TO DO IN BLENHEIM – VISITING THE HOUSE

BLENHEIM PALACE TOURS

Explore the State Rooms which are full of priceless tapestries and paintings. I would highly recommend using the audio-guide which lasts about 40 minutes.

There are additional tours available for a small fee which includes

The ‘Blenheim Palace Upstairs’ Tour – Visit the Marlborough family’s private apartments.

The ‘Blenheim Palace Downstairs’ Tour – Find out what life was like for the servants at Blenheim Palace.

Formal Gardens Walking Tour – Learn how the gardens have developed and changed over the last 300 years.

 

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THE CHURCHILL EXHIBITION

Take a stroll through the Churchill Exhibition which celebrates his life. In fact you even see in the room in which Sir Winston Churchill was born.There is also a memorial garden to see once you are in the park and don’t miss the Temple of Diana where he proposed to his wife Clementine.

 

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Bust of Winston Churchill and the Temple of Venus where he proposed to Clementine

 

VISITING BLENHEIM PALACE PARK AND GARDENS

While truthfully we weren’t overwhelmed by the house we absolutely loved the park and gardens. We visited on a perfectly beautiful English summer’s day and it was fantastic. The gardens are beautiful and there was so much to see and do that I would recommend planning at least 2-3 hours to explore Blenheim Palace park and gardens.

BLENHEIM PALACE PLEASURE GARDENS

For 50p each (single journey) you can take the miniature Blenheim Palace train from the house entrance to the family-friendly Pleasure Gardens. Make sure you have some coins with you to pay for the train.

BLENHEIM BUTTERFLY HOUSE

Don’t miss the Blenheim Palace butterfly house where you can see butterfly species from all over the world. There are also lots of little zebra finches enjoying the tropical climate of the butterfly house.

 

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The Butterfly House at Blenheim Palace

 

MARLBOROUGH MAZE

I am going to admit it but the Blenheim Palace Maze was the first maze I had ever been in. It is two miles in length and consists of hundreds of yew trees. When you eventually find your way into the middle you will find a statue of Cupid.

Use the lookouts to help you get your bearings especially when you are trying to find your way out.

 

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Have fun on the Marlborough Maze at Blenheim Palace

 

BLENHEIM PALACE GARDENS AND PARK

When visiting Blenheim Palace in summer a walk through the gardens and parklands is a must. Created by Capability Brown over 11 years Blenheim Palace grounds and parklands are quintessentially English and simply stunning.

 

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION WHEN PLANNING A VISIT TO BLENHEIM PALACE

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BLENHEIM PALACE ADMISSION PRICES

If you are planning to visit the house, park and gardens and choose to donate the cost of your entry to the Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation Charity you benefit from a free Blenheim Palace annual pass. Definitely worth it and you are also helping preserve the house and grounds for future generations. If you choose not to visit the house but purely the park and gardens the entry fee is cheaper but can’t be converted into an annual pass.

Blenheim Palace entrance fee:

Palace, Park and Gardens – £27 (Adults) £16 (Children)

Park and Gardens – £17 (Adults) £7.60 (Children)

Blenheim Palace opening hours  – see the official website for more information.

*Prices correct July 2019

 

 CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICES FOR ENTRANCE TO BLENHEIM PALACE**

** Note – this ticket cannot be converted to an annual pass

 

TIPS FOR VISITING BLENHEIM PALACE

 

  • Take some small change for the train as they accept cash only.

 

  • Food and drink – there are lots of places to buy food/drink at Blenheim Palace but we found it quite pricy. I recommend taking your own drinks and a picnic.

 

  • Events at Blenheim Palace If you are an annual pass holder check out some of the annual events that take place at Blenheim. These include the spectacular illuminated trail through the gardens during the festive season and entertainment displays and workshops for all the family in the summer. Christmas at Blenheim Palace is certainly on my bucket list!

 

  • Blenheim Palace World Heritage Site. Blenheim Palace as declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for outstanding universal value.

 

ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO BLENHEIM PALACE

Do you plan to visit Blenheim Palace or have you been? If you have any questions or comments about visiting Blenheim or anywhere else in the UK you can contact me below.

 

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  • To visit some of the beautiful stately homes in England – the National Trust website is a great source of information

 

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41 thoughts on “Visiting Blenheim Palace a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  1. Jurga says:

    What a beautiful place, Tracy! I love the look of those gardens, but the castle itself looks amazing too. Can you imagine calling a place like this a home?!
    PS I can’t believe you found a train even here 🙂

  2. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    I haven’t visited Blenheim Palace as, although I have heard of it, I didn’t know much about it. I think I would really enjoy here, especially with the Winston Churchill theme, but what a shame you didn’t take the tour (thanks for the tip that it’s include so people don’t miss out). I would love the butterfly garden, I adore photographing them and the gardens look fabulous. Thanks for showing me how wonderful this Palace is! #feetdotravel

  3. Travel Lexx says:

    I could have really done with reading this post on Friday because I would be able to answer a quiz question on Winston Churchill’s birthplace if I had! Great post and another example of a fantastic day out in the UK – such a beautiful building and grounds and looks like you guys had a perfect weather for it too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. David says:

    Looks like a beautiful palace, steeped in history. The annual pass seems like a real win as those gardens look like they’re worth returning for. Of course no surprise that it’s a UNESCO site knowing your track record 😉

  5. Barry says:

    Great post. I’ve read a couple of Winston Churchill’s books so would love to visit Blenheim Palace. I don’t mind a bit of history so it looks like my kind of place.

  6. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) says:

    Great place to visit the Blenheim Palace and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How great your ticket is good for one year. The grounds look amazing shown by your fantastic photos! You always find the best places to visit in England. I pinned this for later for when I return to England. #feetdotravel

  7. James says:

    I’d never heard of Blehheim Palace but the fact that it’s the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a UNESCO site makes it a must see. I’m sure I’ve seen the Palace Park and Gardens used for the Antiques Roadshow? I’d love to visit the Butterfly Park to photograph the butterflies, your macros are wonderful!

  8. Kreete says:

    How fabulous you got a nice sunny day to explore the gardens! Doesn’t happen too often in England. I bet you are glad you will be living in the tropics soon! I never knew Winston Churchill was some sort of a royalty. The bed does look familiar though from the Netflix series about the Queen. I always tend to regret not taking the free tours too haha! I guess there is a lesson here. Great write up!

    • Tracy Collins says:

      He is related to the royal family. He was from a well to do wealthy family. You know the British – your standing in the class system dictated your role in life. The house and grounds are lovely though!

  9. California Globetrotter says:

    We’re going to visit next month when we’re in England visiting family! I can’t wait to see it but am also not happy about the prices! Will have to get the annual pass by donating bc I think we will be back later in the year perhaps! #CityTripping

  10. Baby Loves Travel says:

    I haven’t visited the house and gardens for years, you have inspired me to check it out as we are not too far away for a day trip. In recent times we have been to the equestrian 3 day event, which gives you an opportunity to tramp around the grounds. In the rain in our case, so definitely take a rugged buggy if travelling with a little one! #citytripping

  11. Katy says:

    We loved the gardens and the little train too Tracy. It was a lovely summers day when we visited and there was a cricket match happening on the green. People sat on the lawn sipping Pimms. Perfectly English! #citytripping

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  13. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) says:

    I’ve never been to Blenheim Palace so great to read your post. I didn’t realise there was so much more to do there in addition to looking at the palace – butterflies, a maze and trains – makes it a far more interesting family visit.Thanks for linking #citytripping

  14. Phoebe | Lou Messugo says:

    It’s been so long since I went to an English stately home, I’d love to visit Blenheim. My brother did a triathlon there years ago I seem to remember. I’d prefer to watch cricket with a Pimms like Katy did. #citytripping

  15. Christine says:

    I live in Oxfordshire so have visited several times but mostly when special events are on so that you get your moneys-worth! My daughter also stayed in the grounds last year for a Scout weekend so I got to see an area slightly off the tourist trail. I’m with you on the house – I much prefer the maze and butterflies to the insides! #citytripping

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