History Blenheim Palace was built between 1705 and 1733 for John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough to celebrate victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, which is how the Palace got its name. Over the past 300 years Blenheim Palace has been the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, but has also been used for many other purposes, including a hospital for wounded soldiers, a home and school for evacuees, a base for MI5, and today is a popular filming location and spectacular venue for weddings and events. In 1950, the 10th Duke of Marlborough opened Blenheim Palace to the public for the first time, and since then millions of visitors have passed through its doors and the Palace is established as one of the best heritage attractions in the UK.
The Palace Take an audio tour of the State Rooms and admire the portraits, tapestries and exquisite furniture while learning about the 300-year history of this National Treasure. Visit the Churchill Exhibition and learn all about the life of the great Prime Minister through photographs, extracts from his diaries, artefacts and a number of other elements. Then visit our Stables Exhibition and discover the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries. Gain an insight into the lives of the family that have lived at Blenheim Palace, their guests and household staff with one of three tours of the Private Apartments. The ‘Upstairs’ tour includes the Palace’s Bedrooms and the ‘Downstairs’ tour showcases the staff areas.
The Park & Formal Gardens Explore this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of parkland landscaped by one of the UK’s most famous landscape architects, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Take a stroll up to the Grand Cascades or around the lake to admire some of the finest views in England, looking out for the historical monuments in the grounds, including the Column of Victory and Grand Bridge. Discover the array of Formal Gardens, including the Rose Garden, Churchill Memorial Garden, Water Terraces and Secret Garden. A short miniature train ride away from the Palace is the Walled Garden, which boasts a Giant Hedge Maze, Butterfly House, Lavender Garden and an exhibition about how the Gardens have been used and maintained throughout the Palace’s history.
Events & Experiences Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events, themed exhibitions, and tours on offer all year. The busy events calendar includes firm favourites such as Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Halloween and The Flower Show.
Shop & Eat Blenheim Palace has a variety of cafés and restaurants on site serving everything from informal coffee and cake to luxury afternoon teas, three-course lunches and more. Every delectable dish is made in house using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and with seasonal specials on offer each month, there is always something new to try. Enjoy a two or three course lunch or Champagne Afternoon Tea in the stunning setting of The Orangery. Alternatively, try the Oxfordshire Pantry or Stables Café for coffee, cake, sandwiches, pastries and hot meals. The Walled Garden Pizzeria is the perfect place to enjoy delicious handmade pizzas, tasty salads and hot or cold refreshments after exploring. Spend some time in the award-winning East Courtyard Shop and treat yourself to some of the fabulous items available for purchase, including locally produced crafts, luxurious gifts, and many ranges that are exclusive to Blenheim Palace. Whether you are searching for gifts for loved ones or a treat for yourself, Blenheim Palace’s exclusive shops promise something special for everybody.
Adventure Play Ideal for families who want to come and join in the fun whilst exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can claim their free visit when booking and let the kids' imaginations run wild in the series of immersive interconnecting zones with secret chambers, clamber nets, tunnels, slides, rope bridges - and giant carrots!
Covering a site larger than a football pitch, the new £3.6 million outdoor experience located within the historic Walled Garden celebrates the rich heritage of the 18th century baroque Palace, inspired by real-life features including the lakeside Boat House and Hensington Gateway. Adventure Play has been carefully designed and created to ensure children of all abilities from the ages of 2-12 are able to explore and enjoy the extensive play area.
So much more than just a day out, Britain’s Greatest Palace has an ever-changing programme of events and activities with something for every age and interest – from history buffs and nature lovers, to young adventurers and fitness junkies. With 100’s of experiences, one for every single day of the year, Blenheim Palace is a must-visit destination.
The duration of your visit is as long or as short as you wish it to be, however we recommend at least 3-4hrs to explore the Palace and Gardens
April 1st, 2023
March 31st, 2024
Children are 3-16 Years Of Age. Children under 3 FREE
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